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Skiing in Zakopane
Zakopane has several small skiing areas. Kasprowy Wierch, 3km from the town centre, has high alpine skiing in two treeless bowls. Skiers are transported to the top by cable car running in two sections, the first section goes up to 1350m in about 7 minutes while the second part takes skiers to the top in 10 minutes. Each of the two long slopes is served by its own one-seater chairlift. This is a National Forest Area so there is no artificial snowmaking.
Some slopes are lit for night skiing.
Gubalowka has snow cannons which are doing a great job of keeping the snow cover but the conditions hold up only at the top portion of the slope (it has a mountain tram going up the summit, with a capacity of 120 people) there are two T-bars at the top of the slope.
Another ski-area is Bukowina Tatrzanska, it is situated about 5 km east of Zakopane and it is at much higher altitude. Snow conditions are sometimes much better. Rumours says that there have been serious investments done by the local operators of the ski lifts to establish artificial snow making and bring in new ski lifts.
The city of Zakopane has FIS standard ski jumps as well as cross-country tracks.
The best snow conditions are between January and late April though sometimes Kasprowy Wierch is open for skiing into early May.
Snowboarding in Zakopane
Gubalowka has a halfpipe and plays host to national competitions.
Zakopane Aprés Ski
All the usual apres ski activities such as sledging, floodlit skiing, skating, cross-country skiing and saunas along with a variety of lively bars. For a low-key and cosy bar, try Anemon. They have a choice of beers on tap including Irish Kilkenny, Guinness, Cashel’s cider and Budweiser (the Czech brew, not the watered-down US version). The only British-style pub in town is Paparazzi with a posh interior and refreshing drinks menu. When the weather holds, enjoy the outdoor seating next to a mountain stream. For an exceptional atmosphere visit the Piano Bar which, strangely enough, has swings at the bar! Other bars to try are Café Sanacjae and Ballada where the bartenders are said to be willing to negotiate the prices of beer.