Zakopane, nestled at the foot of the Tatras and town is located in the extreme south of Poland, is where most locals go to place since Poland doesn’t have many mountains. Around two hours south of Krakow is where you’ll find the popular resort, is an appealing mix of chocolate box bizarre, attainable ski slopes.
Zakopane makes for a value for money ski break adding low prices and that is a good substitute to the big budget spending of Val d’Isere even if there is no real ski in/ski out recourse and the mountains are not substantially high. To match plenty of other budget resorts the truth is you’ll find snow, mountains, and nightlife.
Visitors need a taxi or use of a daily transfer service to access the ski stations as the town of Zakopane serves as the entry to the mountains.
Bialka Tatrzanska, with 16 km of ski runs spread over a series of small valleys is the most Alpine of Zakopane ski stations. Beginners or the undemanding intermediate will find the terrain extremely pleasant and forgiving but to the experienced winter sport’s enthusiast, that may not sound like much. It makes for a satisfying skiing experience with wide runs and beautiful greenwood topography.
To the imposing Kasprowy Wierch, the mountain that towers over the city for those in search for mountain runs will find the best option there is. It’s quite a challenge to conquer the 15 km of runs and is better fitting to median skiers and boarders.
Gubalowka is the town where the closest slopes are, and accessible via a cable railroad ride from the middle of town. You’ll get great views across the town from here plus a cool market a fun delight for bargain hunters.
Although there was snowfall on the day we arrived, the snow didn’t stick around for long as we headed to Zakopane fairly late in the season, in mid-March. But gratefully, the ski areas have provided in great snowmaking facilities. Until late March or April skiing up is offered and Kasprowy Wierch is predominantly pretty snow for sure.
Eating & Drinking
Certainly, there is a grand dining option in Zakopane. Hearty meat and veg type with a healthy side of beer or vodka are mostly of the fare here. Krupowki is the main drag, is packed full of genuine wooden paneled eateries, with joints of pork and grills stacked with sausages. Often completed with a traditional live music comes with the rustic vibe.
Watra (Hr. Władysława Zamoyskiego 2, 34-500 Zakopane) was experienced by best of the bunch, a restaurant, and brewery a brief walk of the principal street. Their careful selection of beers is perfect for warming you up, to assure you the stills in the window aren’t just for show.
Mountain Bar (Ulica Weteranów Wojny 2, Zakopane), a great vegan burger joint of which we found out, serves some of the sizable vegan burgers I’ve ever seen.
With significant bars and nightclubs off the main drag, nightlife is dynamic.