West of Zakopane, the Szymoszkowa ski area has 3 pistes served by 2 lift accessing a maximum descent of 200m. The piste is a narrow, steep slope. In addition, there are a few beginner, tow-rope pistes The best Szymoszkowa snowboarding can be found during the month of February.
Szymoszkowa is one of the many ski areas surrounding the town of Zakopane. Overall, these ski areas total 21 pistes that are served by 19 lifts with maximum descent of 993m. With that said, most of the pistes are beginner level, with a few intermediate lines. These ski areas are interconnected by taxi and also an irregular tourist bus. Most snowboarders stay in a centrally located hotel in Zakopane so they can hit all the ski areas. When it comes to apres ski action, the best is Roosters in Zakopane. As for nightlife, watch out for anything labeled as a nightclub since they prices may be astronomically high.
To reach the snowboarding at Szymoszkowa ski area by air, fly into Krakow Balice International Airport (KRK). There is a train from the airport to the central Krakow Glowny train station (20 minutes). From the central train station, there is a train heading south to Zakopane. However, it does stop at every small village along the way and takes about 4 hours. Alternately, there are private coach buses that depart from outside the central train station about every 15 mintues and take about 2 hours to reach Zakopane).
PRO TIP: Be aware that each ski area has their own lift tickets. And, some ski areas actually have a pay per lift pricing. Luckily, there is the new Tatry Superski Pass that covers 14 ski areas including Szymoszkowa.
Overall, Szymoszkowa is the 4th most popular snowboard & freeride destination of all 14 snowboarding resorts in Poland. Several of the better snowboarding resorts are nearby Szymoszkowa including Kasprowy Wierch, Harenda, Budzowski Wierch, Nosal Bystre, Gubalowka and Butorowy Wierch.
Local Contacts: Polana Szymoszkowa Ski Area +4818 20 172 30; Zakopane Tourism +48-18-20-122-11
Best Season: Jan. - Feb.
Average Difficulty: Easy
Base Camp: Hotel Szarotka
Luxury Loding: Belvedere Hotel; Hotel Mercure Kasprowy
Reference Source: click here https://www.szymoszkowa.pl/
PDF Map: click here
GPS: 49.293561, 19.930701
Date Published: 1/1/2016
Date Updated: 11/25/2019
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