Skiing in Poland

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Skiing in Poland has a very long history. Here is a scan of a special postal envelope commemorating skiing in Zakopane, Poland. This was issued during German occupation (General Gouvernement) in 1940.

Some random thoughts on skiing in Poland …

1 – Ustroń in the Cieszyn region of Silesia is perhaps one of the best ski resorts in Poland. The Równica and Czantoria mountains are walkable from the town centre, and it’s a less busy location than the more well known ski resort Zakopane.

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Skiing near Zakopane in the Tatra Mountains in the south of Poland, c.1965.

2 – The most popular ski resort in Poland is undoubtedly Zakopane. With the most popular ski locations being Kasprowy Wierch and Gubalowka Hill. All manner of winter sports are catered for in the area including: alpine skiing, cross-country skiing, snowboarding, and ski jumping.

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A photograph of skiers skiing in Szczyrk in the Silesian Beskids of southern Poland, c.1971!

3 – Szczyrk in the Beskid Slaski mountains of southern Poland is another popular winter sports centre, with numerous and lengthy ski runs served by thirty ski lifts. Szczyk is also the training centre for Poland’s Winter Olympic athletes.

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The lower of the ski chair stations in Szczyrk, Silesia, Poland, c.1971.

4 – Swieradow Zdroj is a smallish ski resort and spa town in the Sudeten (Sudety) mountains in the far south-west of Poland. We’ve personally skied there on several occasions in the past and can thoroughly recommend it.

5 – And finally, for those interested in learning about the history of skiing in Poland, there is an excellent museum of skiing in Cieklin in the Podkarpackie Province of south-east Poland.

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