Zakopane Sports & Outdoors

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    Szymoszkowa
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    Ski jump, night event
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    Finding the right spot for taking sun
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    Skiing in Zakopane

    by halikowski Written Jan 25, 2008

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    You have a number of possibilities: the shorter (1400m), lower slopes are often floodlit at night, and easy to access (Nosal, Biala Tatrzanska, Symuszkowa). Quite expensive though compared to neighbouring Slovakia. At Symuszkowa (perhaps 2km west out of Zakopane), 10 rides on the 1400m run costs 60 zloties, and you have to leave an extra 10 as deposit for the card. Compare this too Zdiar in Slovakia, where you have a multiple choice of routes, more interesting natural setting and a choice of lifts for 299 SKK (probably 28 zloties) for 2 hours. Both sites manufacture artificial snow if needs be.

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    Skiing/Snowboarding

    by vesna04 Written Sep 14, 2007

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    Everybody can find the track that suits his skiing skils. Bigginers should be happy with some tracks near Hotel Kasprowy, more advanced should try Gobalowka slopes and the best skiers will certenly enjoy skiing down from Kasprowy Wierch.

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    Ski Jumping

    by vesna04 Written Sep 14, 2007

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    Zakopane is the host of the world cup event in ski jumping. Who watches this sport must know about polish fans following their best man Malish all over the world. I can only immagine what the atmosphere is like on his home hill among his own crowed. I would like to experiance it!
    The hill is pretty old but was updated recently.

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    Skiing

    by Maggies Written Mar 3, 2007

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    View from Kasprowy Wierch (Goryczkowa)
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    Kasprowy Wierch has the best slope in Zakopane. It really is great and the views add up to it. The problem is getting up there. There is a cable car going up every 30 minutes but most tickets are being sold before in the tourist agencies as the group tickets so there are not that many left for those standing in the line. Other sollution is walking up to the lifts which takes at least 45 minutes if you are fit. And sometimes it's the only sollution if you really want to do some skiing up there as the waiting time for the cable car can go up to 4-5 hrs.
    So I did hiked there wearing my ski boots last time I was there, luckily there was my better half to carry my equipment :) And again, as always, I was saying this was the last time I did it and my muscles were aching so bad that skiing was no fun that day.
    All in all, Zakopane is a beautiful place and can be a great adventure but for real skiing go to the Alps.

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    Ski jumping

    by Maggies Updated Mar 3, 2007

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    The best Polish ski jumper Adam Malysz won World Cup in 2001 and really he was flying then, not jumping. Then he won it in 2002 again and got 2 medals in the Olympic games in Salt Lake City. 5 years later Adam still rules, he's got GOLD in the World Championship in Sapporo today (03.03.2007).
    All polish people are great fans of Adam and are so proud of him. He's not only the best Polish sportsman in years but also an extremly modest and down to earth person.
    Go Adam!!!

    Equipment: The World Cup in Zakopane is organized on 18th of January!!!

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    Skiing

    by Maggies Updated Mar 3, 2007

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    Zakopane is the best place for skiing in Poland. As a result the queues on the slopes can be ridiculous here, sometimes it takes even 2 hours to wait for the skilift. Sounds crazy? I guess... But you must know that the second activity here, except for skiing is meeting people. And standing 2 hours in the line you sure have time to talk to people around you.

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    Climbing mountains\walking up hills :)

    by Raimix Updated Nov 4, 2006

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    Gevont hill

    Probably not all who come to Zakopane (me too) try the climbing to mountains or just walking to any top of the mountain. That needs more to than one day in Zakopane I think, plus strenght and the love of being in nature. I saw lot of tourists, scouts prepared for walking into hills and they are doing so.

    There are the maps of mountains in tourist information office - it is a really important suggestion not to miss your way at these mountains.

    Equipment: Climbing ecquipment, good shoes, special wearing, photo camere and so on.

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  • Learning to Ski

    by spjm Written Mar 28, 2006

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    If you want to learn to ski try a place called Polana Szymoszkowa which is just outside of the main town. You can catch a "bus" there from the centre of Zakopane, or to be honest by the time one turns up you could have walked it and warmed up your leg muscles (about 30 mins maximum). I had a one hour very professional lesson with an instructor costing 60 Pln. The nursery slope is ideal for learning on and you can then progress to the bigger slope nextdoor when you pluck up the courage! Skis, poles and boots can all be hired there under the main restaurant (27 Pln for 4 hours). The guys that ran the place seemed not to realise I was gone much longer and the price always seemed to remain the same...handy. For 3 Pln you can leave your rucksack in their safe hands.

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    Snowboarding

    by stiab3 Written Mar 21, 2005

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    Zakopane is a good place to learn to ski/snowboard. You can take lessons and rent all your equipment from many different places.

    Equipment: Feel free to bring whatever equipment you have but you can easily rent as well.

    Full snowboard kit - boots, boards and bindings cost only 35 zloty per day.

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    Mountain Biking

    by Maggies Updated Dec 29, 2003

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    Me, on the way to Koscieliska Valley

    Biking can sometimes be easier and faster way of vising some beautiful parts of Zakopane and Tatra Mountains. Some of the most beautiful paths go from Zakopane to Morskie Oko and to Chocholowska or Koscieliska Valley. Keep in mind that you're not allowed to bike in the valley as it's the area of National Park. There are some bike paths in the Park too, you should check them when you're on the place.

    Equipment: You can rent a bike in a sports store in the upper part of Krupowki Street and few other places in Zakopane.

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    Night skiing

    by Maggies Written Feb 17, 2003

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    More and more slopes in Poland have lights so it's possible to ski till late evening. Most of them are open till 10pm or even longer if there are people who still want to ski.
    So, even if you have a full time job and can't take a day off you can still go skiing after work... instead of going to the gym, pub or instead of watching TV. Isn't it great?

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    Hiking/Walking

    by Maggies Written Dec 14, 2002

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    In Koscieliska Valley

    There is plenty of hiking paths around Zakopane. The Tatra trails are all marked with plates or boards with name of places and colour bars indicating particular trails. In the difficult parts there are staples, chains and sometimes ladders to help you climb or simply move forward.

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    Taking sun

    by Maggies Updated Mar 3, 2007

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    Finding the right spot for taking sun
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    Taking sun can by a challenge too, well in Zakopane in winter time the challenge is not to get burned. Remember about sunblock.

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    Night skiiing

    by stiab3 Written Mar 21, 2005

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    night skiing

    The slopes are lit at night and so you can go skiing. Personally, I think it's a bit too cold without the sun to provide warmth.

    Equipment: normal ski equipment . . . but maybe an extra layer of clothing!

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    Night skiing

    by Maggies Updated Mar 15, 2003

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    Lining up at the slope

    Night skiing can be lots of fun, it's also practical for night owls like myself. You don't have to worry about early winter sunsets either.

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