Skiing not only in the mountains
In the minds of many Poles there was a conviction that if you go skiing, then only in beautiful mountains. Yes, the High Tatras, Beskid Żywiecki and the Sudetes are obvious places, but there are several interesting resorts in Poland where you can practice white madness and be careful! Some of them can be found in northern Poland! You can reach them all by comfortable and well-equipped cars from PANEK Rent a Car
Szczawnica – Palenica
Exactly between Zakopane and Krynica-Zdrój there is a range of beautiful Pieniny. It is here, in the town of Szczawnica, that we can find the attractive Palenica ski resort, offering great conditions for the whole family. From the bottom station of the chairlift, skiers are transported to the intermediate station, where they have 3 T-bar lifts at their disposal, after which skiers can choose several downhill routes. The more difficult, red one, is 1000 m long and in the lower part it joins the blue route, 1800 m long. Both lead to the lower station of the chairlift. You can also use the ski lifts at the top, where there are two shorter routes of varying difficulty. The station is open daily until 21:00, and the blue route is lit and artificially snowed.
This small ski station may turn out to be an interesting proposition for all those who do not want to stand in traffic jams in Zakopianka and do not like the crowds walking along Krupówki. Kasina Wielka is a town situated between Rabka-Zdrój and Limanowa. This is where the family home of our most successful cross-country skier, Justyna Kowalczyk, is located. There is a 1,100 m long 6-seater chairlift in the ski park, which takes skiers to the trails: the blue one, 1,300 m long, and the 750 m red trail, which connects to the black section of the trail. Although the center itself is not very extensive, there is a restaurant, ski rental and a zone for children. The lift is illuminated and works until 20:00 with a break for grooming the slopes.
Bałtów, located near Ostrowiec Świętokrzyski, has been tempting skiers from all over the country for years. There are 5 lifts here, one of which is a 4-seater chairlift with a capacity of 2,400 people per hour, carrying skiers on routes with a total length of over 2,500 m. There are plenty of attractions not only for adults, but also for children, for whom a winter playground has been organized. There is an interesting gastronomic base with regional dishes on site, and one of the restaurants serves dishes in the “all you can eat” style.
Less than 200 km on north of Warsaw, there is one of the least obvious points on the map of Poland related to skiing. Kurza Góra is a resort located in Kurzętnik, 20 kilometers on north of Brodnica. The slope is open daily from 8:00 to 21:00 and offers 3 blue slopes with a total length of 2.5 km. What’s more, the resort has an indoor ice rink, and the gastronomic offer includes 3 restaurants, where everyone will find something for themselves. It is the perfect place for a weekend getaway with family and friends. You can get here by car from PANEK Rent a Car in a maximum of 2 hours from virtually every major city in northern Poland.
This ski resort is located on the slope of the Bełchatów Brown Coal Mine heap, only 80 km from Łódź, which is exactly an hour’s drive (preferably from PANEK Rent a Car). We will get here from Warsaw in less than 2 hours, and after a day of skiing, you can easily return home. The main track is 750 m long, the slope is artificially snowed and illuminated. There is a restaurant with sanitary facilities at the bottom chairlift station.
Szelmet – Suwałki
At the end, probably the least obvious ski destination in Poland. Hardly anyone realizes that in Suwałki, located on the north-eastern edge of Poland, you can indulge in white madness. The Szelmet Center is located at the foot of Jesionowa Góra, which in the interwar period of the 20th century was one of the first glider bases in Poland. In winter, there are as many as 8 T-bar lifts, 3 of which are for beginners, but you will also find a 400 m long black route.