One day ski adventure in Poland

Skiing Jan. 26, 2016, 4:15 p.m. Poland Wisła Silesian Beskids 2016 Skiing

Everyone knows that winter is the most beautiful in mountains. Slopes and trees covered in sparkling snow create breathtaking landscapes. But not only photographers adore winter in mountains. It's also great time for all outdoor enthusiasts - hikers, climbers, skiers, snowboarders, ski tourers, you name it!

Yeah, skiing is fun for us! That's why we're happy we live in Poland 🙂 .

When you say "skiing in Europe" everyone thinks about Alps. And they're right - skiing infrastructure in Italy, France or Austria is amazing. But there are also nice slopes in Poland. We have our mountains in the south of the country. There's fantastic Tatra mountains - the highest range in Poland and the only one of alpine characteristic in this part of Europe.

But in this post I want to focus on Beskidy mountains and the skiing options available there.

There's a lot of ski resorts in Beskidy. They all have restaurants, ski rentals, services and schools. All the slopes are floodlit. Truth, they're not as big as alpine resorts but Beskidy are fun too! They are divided into several ranges but the most ski resorts are in Silesian range . Let's have a look:

Szczyrk

It was bought by Slovak group Tatry Mountain Resorts, the biggest winter infrastructure entrepreneur in this part of Europe. About two thirds of ski slopes there are blue (easy). Evening skiing is possible.

  • Number of ski lifts: 9.
  • Number of ski pistes: 17.
  • Pistes total length: 25.9 km.
  • Highest point: 1232 m.


Wisła

A picturesque village located in the heart of Silesian Beskid mountains. There's 11 small ski resorts, all located close to each other.

  • Number of ski lifts: 28.
  • Number of ski pistes: 22.
  • Pistes total length: 27 km.
  • Highest point: 978 m.


Ustron

Very popular place located on 450 metres and visited by many tourists all year long. There's lots of hotels and restaurants and 6 small ski resorts.

  • Number of ski lifts: 10.
  • Number of ski pistes: 8.
  • Pistes total length: 13 km.
  • Highest point: 995 m.


Istebna

There are 3 ski resorts, the biggest and most popular of them is Zloty Gron. Slopes aren't steep, so it's perfect place for beginners and small children.

  • Number of ski lifts: 7.
  • Number of ski pistes: 6.
  • Pistes total length: 2.5 km.
  • Highest point: 995 m.


Brenna

This charming village has 4 small ski resorts. Slopes are mild, views are great - perfect for families with children looking for weekend getaway.

  • Number of ski lifts: 7.
  • Number of ski pistes: 6.
  • Pistes total length: 2.8 km.
  • Highest point: 558 m.

If you happen to be in southern Poland in winter time and have at least 1 free day, don't hesitate to spend it skiing. Whether you will stay in Wrocław, Katowice or Kraków you should have easy access to ski resorts - it's just within hour or two drive distance. All you need to do is to find the closest destination.

Our video in this post presents Soszów ski resort in Wisła. If you like it, have a look at some of our other short videos on YouTube .

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Ufff, that took me quite a lot of time

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Joanna & Bartosz

Hi there! We're Joanna & Bartosz, the outdoor enthusiasts behind Overhere. We love mountains, hiking, Poland, and all things nature.

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