South of Zakopane, the Kasprowy Wierch Ski Area 10 runs served by 4 lifts with a maximum vertical drop of 993m. It is the main ski area in the Zakopane area. There is a two stage cable car system that heads to the summit and provides access the best terrain. From the summit, you can head left down the black run staying high left to hike to access two off-piste bowls (Dolina Swinska and Dolina Sucha Kondracka). For the best freeriding, head to the top of Kasprowy and then hike up from there (make sure to pre-book your ticket). The best Kasprowy Wierch snowboading can be found during the months of February and March.
There are numerous small ski areas surrounding the town of Zakopane interconnected by taxi or irregular tourist bus. Most visitors stay in Zakopane and hit each of the areas. Overall, there are 21 runs served by 19 lifts accessing a maximum vertical of 993m. The runs are mostly beginner slopes.
For apres-ski, you may want to check out Roosters in Zakopane.
Note, the ski area may have challenging lift ticket practices including pay-per-lift.
To reach the snowboarding at Kasprowy Wierch 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).
Overall, Kasprowy Wierch is the 3rd most popular snowboard & freeride destination of all 16 snowboarding resorts in Poland. Several of the better snowboarding resorts are nearby Kasprowy Wierch including Szymoszkowa, Harenda, Budzowski Wierch, Nosal Bystre, Gubalowka and Butorowy Wierch.
Local Contacts: Kasprowy Wierch Ski Area (+48) 18 201 45 10; Zakopane Tourism +48-18-20-122-11
Best Season: Jan. - Feb.
Average Difficulty: Moderate
Base Camp: Hotel Szarotka
Luxury Loding: Belvedere Hotel; Hotel Mercure Kasprowy
Reference Source: click here https://www.pkl.pl/
PDF Map: click here
GPS: 49.270129, 19.980998
Date Published: 12/29/2015
Date Updated: 11/25/2019
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