North of Zakopane, the Gubalowka ski area has 3 pistes served by 1 lifts accessing a maximum descent of 290m. The pistes are all intermediate level of difficulty. There is a funicular lift that is required for uplifting to and downlifting from the main parking area to the lift base area. There is a snow park with jumps for freestyle snowboarders. The best Gubalowka snowboarding can be found during the month of February.
Gubalowka 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 Gubalowka 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.
Overall, Gubalowka is the 8th most popular snowboard & freeride destination of all 16 snowboarding resorts in Poland. Several of the better snowboarding resorts are nearby Gubalowka including Szymoszkowa, Kasprowy Wierch, Harenda, Budzowski Wierch, Nosal Bystre and Butorowy Wierch.
Local Contacts: Gubalowka Zakopane Ski Centre +48-22-4446666; 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.pkl.pl/gubalowka/gubalowka.html
PDF Map: click here
GPS: 49.31499, 19.94143
Date Published: 12/26/2015
Date Updated: 11/27/2019
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