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Anyone been to Zakopane?


peterweg 37 | 2,319  
1 Mar 2007 /  #1
I assume Zakopane would not compare to the skiing you get in say The Three Vally's, Verbier or Val d'Isere
The guys I go skiing with think it might be good for a Christmas week holiday with a lot of time in the Town and not so much skiing, a fair description?

What is Zakopane like? I went there in summer but it seem very different to a Alpine resort. Would hiring a car be a good idea and can you drive to another ski area?

Is the skiing mainly up and down a few slopes or are there ways of up a series of lifts, one after each other?
poland2006 2 | 85  
1 Mar 2007 /  #2
OMG Zakopane is the best place.. its amazing there
OP peterweg 37 | 2,319  
1 Mar 2007 /  #3
Yes, but why?
How good or bad is the skiing. I've heard bad and good things but can't make pesuade my (Polish) skiing friends to go there. And what's the Night Life like ?
poland2006 2 | 85  
1 Mar 2007 /  #4
its great sking there.. i loved it.. its amazing.. the nights.. hmm... not sure... but when i was there its was great!
FISZ 24 | 2,116  
1 Mar 2007 /  #5
The nightlife is good, but I don't like it because it's way too crowded. The Slovakia side is a little less.
krysia 23 | 3,058  
1 Mar 2007 /  #6
People from all over the world go skiing to Zakopane. They have t-bars and chair-lifts. Many areas to ski. But Aspen and Vail have a higher altitude and you get more tired easier.
FISZ 24 | 2,116  
1 Mar 2007 /  #7
But, it's too bad they are in the US :)

....well, for Europeans anyway.
krysia 23 | 3,058  
1 Mar 2007 /  #8
Yeah, too bad.... But they are just as touristy as Zakopane.
Arien  
1 Mar 2007 /  #9
....well, for Europeans anyway.

Pfff.. I can't ski anyway! :)
daffy 23 | 1,508  
1 Mar 2007 /  #10
miedzygorze

there is NOTHING to do but walk the mountains! its so peaceful and i tell you - if your not in love - you'll know after a visit here.

there is little to distract you but nature
telefonitika  
1 Mar 2007 /  #11
What is Zakopane like?

I can only describe zakopane as beautiful tranquil and the scenery is breath-taking :) i fell in love with the place because of this :)
FISZ 24 | 2,116  
1 Mar 2007 /  #12
Indeed. Here are a few pics I took before Ski season:
ogorek - | 165  
1 Mar 2007 /  #13
What is Zakopane like?

Zakopane is a one off. At peak season it will give you a bit of everything. No - it's not the Alps. If you are a ski freak then go to the Alps. If you want to ski until 8pm, party until 5am and meet gorgeous women - go to Zakopane. The highest slope is 2000m (above clouds) giving you cable car access and 2 black runs. The majority of the slopes are 1200m red/blue slopes great for beginners/intermediate. Loads of beginner slopes. Nosal is a challenging black/red run. Zakopane is a lively town with loads of shops, restaurants and clubs. Every bar tells a different story - has different characters. Most days are packed with people. Nights are busy at weekends and hit/miss weekday depending on who's in town. Ski slopes are scattered over a 4 mile radius so having a hired car will help you get around - but minibuses also take people around.

I know people who have done the Alps - but somewhow they always
find themselves back in Zakopane.

narty.onet.pl/38,1070029,region.html

What is Zakopane like?
ogorek - | 165  
1 Mar 2007 /  #14
Zakopane February 28, 2007

Szymaszkowa via mobile phone



hello 22 | 891  
1 Mar 2007 /  #15
What is Zakopane like?

You can see a lot of "owczarek podhalanski" (Podhalan Shepherd) dogs that protects sheeps from wild animals in the Zakopane/Tatry region.
krysia 23 | 3,058  
1 Mar 2007 /  #16
But you can't find them in the winter if they get lost.
OP peterweg 37 | 2,319  
2 Mar 2007 /  #17
Thanks ogorek

If anyone has more photos, please feel free to post them here. Is there any possibility for Off-Piste. How about Skidoo driven off piste skiing (don't know if thats even possible in the Alps but it must be cheaper than Heli-skiing).
dannyboy 18 | 248  
2 Mar 2007 /  #18
Unless your a skiing fanatic, its good for a few days, anything more and you get quite bored.

I was there for 6 days and tbh, 3 was enough for me.
Only for the fact that I was with my family, I would have left.
dragon 2 | 13  
2 Mar 2007 /  #19
My cousins took me on a tour of southwestern POland when I was there in 2004, Zakopane was beautiful. I would love to go back and do some snowboarding. When I was activated after 9/11 I was stationed in eastern Germany and went a snowboard trip to the Bavarin alps. I had never ridden on fresh powder at that altitude, it was amazing. But I would still love to ride Zakopane.
FISZ 24 | 2,116  
2 Mar 2007 /  #20
If anyone has more photos, please feel free to post them here. Is there any possibility for Off-Piste.

Not sure where. Everywhere i've been in Poland these areas are protected adn you can get a fine for going out of bounds. Maybe there are some private pow tours.
ogorek - | 165  
2 Mar 2007 /  #21
Is there any possibility for Off-Piste. How about Skidoo driven off piste skiing

You need to contact one of the locals who can set you up with just about anything for the right price - and it's probably legal. I had a few contacts but am no longer in touch. You have to ask around when you get there.
szarlotka 8 | 2,208  
2 Mar 2007 /  #22
Is there any possibility for Off-Piste. How about Skidoo driven off piste skiing (don't know if thats even possible in the Alps but it must be cheaper than Heli-skiing).

I assume if you are interested in off-piste skiing (or boarding) you are a reasonable standard. Don't go to Zakopane because it is not that good and also I had problems being allowed off piste. Go to Zakopane for the apres ski and accept the limitations of the slopes by all means but if you want serious off piste then go somewhere like Chamonix/Argentiere or to the US/Canada. If Zakopane was in France you probably wouldn't think of going there. But because it's in Poland you should. (if you see what I mean). It is two years since I was last there mind you. Never saw many skidoos so don't know if it is available. I did see some cool parascending though
ogorek - | 165  
2 Mar 2007 /  #23
You can hire skidoos in Zakopane. Try contacting Richard - he's
an English guy who is living there now. He can look after you when you are
there or set up things for your arrival. polishslopes.com
OP peterweg 37 | 2,319  
2 Mar 2007 /  #24
Ok, Zakopane is not the best ski destination but I accept that and view it as an holiday destination for more than just skiing. My thinking is that it can be a second skiing holiday on the sly - married guys can tell their wives that is a Christmas mountain retreat holiday and get a few days skiing in and leave the women shopping or something.

Hell, anything to get to the mountains.
szarlotka 8 | 2,208  
3 Mar 2007 /  #25
Hell, anything to get to the mountains.

Amen to that:)
ogorek - | 165  
1 Apr 2007 /  #26
Kasprowy Mountain - Zakopane



jimbo 2 | 13  
13 Apr 2007 /  #27
The view from the top of the ski jump hill is awesome
you can see everywhere ! Ok I was there in summer
but there were men ski jumping and landing on the
carpet stuff at the bottom !
Definately worth a visit !!!
ogorek - | 165  
13 Jul 2007 /  #28
Is the main road finished between Krakow and Zakopane?
telefonitika  
13 Jul 2007 /  #29
what is the best option to go from Krakow to Zakopane for the day without use of a car? I dont drive!

Cheers
ogorek - | 165  
13 Jul 2007 /  #30
There is a bus station at the back of Krakow train station from
which buses go to Zakopane frequently. It takes a round 2 hours
becuase of road works. Cost is 15zl (approx £3)

or taxi - lots of taxi drivers offering drive to Zakopane. They charge
around 150zl (£30)

train also goes to Zak but very slow (4 hours) not direct

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