How will I know where to go when I arrive at the airport for my ski holidays to Zakopane?
Simple! An Addventure Tours staff member will be waiting for you when you exit the arrivals gate.
Keep your eye out for a friendly face. Our member of staff will be holding a sign with the Addventure Tours Logo.
We will whisk you off to your accommodation in Zakopane and keep you hydrated along the way.
What can I expect when I arrive in Zakopane?
Before you arrive in Zakopane we will send you a welcome pack with all the information that you will need for your holiday.
Our staff will help you to check into your accommodation and answer all of your questions.
You can then explore the town for the rest of the day.
On the morning of your second day, we will pick you up and take you for your first day on the slopes.
What is a standard daily itinarery during ski holidays to Zakopane?
During a standard skiing day, we will pick you up from your accommodation at around 9am before heading to the slopes. We then pick up your ski equipment, give you your lift passes and arrange your lesson times. (Beginners will be first thing). You are then free to explore the ski area. We usually finish the day around 4pm and return to your accommodation.
How far is Zakopane from the closest Airport?
The main airport closest to Zakopane is Krakow. Krakow airport is 105km away from Zakopane. The transfer time is around 2 hours however this can differ depending on traffic and weather conditions. Don’t worry, we will make sure that you get to the airport well in time for your flight.
If you can not fly into Krakow, there is also an airport in Katowice, this airport is around 150km away and adds around 40 minutes to the transfer time. If you are able to fly form London Luton, you can also fly into Poprad airport. This is a very small airport in Slovakia that is just 90 minutes drive to Zakopane.
What skiing equipment is included in my Ski Holiday Package?
Our packages include: Ski’s, Ski boots and Ski Poles or Snowboard and Snowboard boots. A helmet is also included. It is mandatory for children under the age of 18 to wear a helmet. It is advised that all adults also wear a helmet.
Ski clothing can be rented on your first day at the slopes for an extra cost. It is possible to rent; ski pants, ski jackets, gloves, hats and ski goggles
Is Zakopane a good place for beginner skiers?
Yes. There are a large number of ski areas located in and around Zakopane. We recommend Zakopane for beginner, intermediate and also advanced skiers. The wide ski runs of Bialka Tatranska are a huge advantage for beginner skiers. The Addventure Tours instructors will be with you all day at the slopes and we will always make sure that anyone who is srtruggling will get the extra support that they need.
Addventure tours also keep the lesson group sizes as small as possible in order for you to progress as much as possble.
Will our accommodation be close to the centre of Zakopane.
All of our recommended accommodation is with in a 5-10 minute walk to the main high street of Zakopane.
‘Krupowki’ is the 1km long high street in the centre of Zakopane. Along this famous promenade you will find a variety of traditional shops, restruarants, cafes and bars. If you are looking to head out for the evening, Krupowki is going to be your most likeley destination. We recommend that you experice a traditional highlander restaurant where you can hear a local band playing, enjoy a meaty meal and have a vodka or two…
What can I expect to pay for a meal in Zakopane
As with any destination, you have cheaper and more expensive places to eat at. However in general Zakopane, Poland is a relatively cheap place to eat our in. The price of a beer or glass of wine in a restaurant or bar will range form 7-12 zl (£1.50-£2.50).
In a standards high street restaurant you can easily find a good meal for just 30zl ( £6). There are a numebr of 4* hotel and higher standard restaurants that will be more expensive, yet no where near the prices of the UK or most ski resorts around the world.
Unlike almost all ski areas around the world, in Poland the prices at the slopes are not any higher than around town. If you travel to France for example, you expect to pay 20 Euro for a basic meal at the slopes. Whereas on the slopes in Poland, again a meal will cost you just £6.
When does the ski season start and finish in Zakopane?
As with any ski area, the arrival of the snow is eagerly anticipated. A specific opening date can never be guaranteed however the first ski runs usually open in the first week of December.
The end of the season can be anytime from the end of March to the end of April. Addventure Tours offer packsages until 25th March in order to guarantee snow for all guests.
Is there a night skiing option in Zakopane
Yes, most of the ski slopes in and arond Zakopane are open from 9am until 9 or 10 pm. This is very uncommon in most ski resorts. Addventure Tours try to arrange one day of night skiing each week. If you are interested, speak to one of our instructors and we will be sure to arrange a night ski for you.
What should I bring with me on my ski holidays to Zakopane?
Clothing is the most important. Although the average temperature in Zakopane is not that low, it can get as cold as -30c. This is rare but you do not want to get caught out. Unfortunatey ski clothing can be quite expensive. It is worth spending the money if you plan to use it on multiple ski trips. If you do not want to spend a lot on clothing then there are a few options. You can often find cheap deals in places like TK Max, Lidl/Aldi and some cheap sport shops. Alternatively you can rent ski clothing when you arrive in Zakopane. There are a number of stalls shops next to the slopes where you can sometime find some good deals.
Make sure to bring with you some good socks, gloves, ski jacket, ski pants, thermal layers and a hat.
What can I do in Zakopane if I do not want to ski?
We often have guests who come with their families however due to injury or personal preference, they opt not to ski. We also include as standard a day off during your ski holiday. There are plenty of activities and sights to see when not at the slopes.
We highly recommend a trip to the thermal baths where you can relax in the warm, naturally heated pools. We arrange weekly trips to the thermal baths for our guests.
Why not have a spa day at one of the hotels and make use of the swimming pools, jacuzzi, saunas and spa treatments.
You can take a trip up to the top of the Kasprowy mountain on the cable car. Admire the breathtaking views of the Tatras mountains and Zakopane.
Take a day trip to Krakow, a horse sleigh ride, snowmobiling, husky sledding and many other activities.
What is traditional Polish food?
In Poland, a standard meal will start with a soup, followed by a main which will most likely include meat and potatoes with a side dish or two.
The most recognised Polish food include the following:
Pierogi – Dumplings/filled pasta
Zurek – Rye Soup with potatoes, sausage and egg
Bigos – Polish Hunters stew. A meaty, souerkraut stew often with sausage and mushrooms.
Potatoe Pancakes – Often served with a meaty goulash on top with sour cream.
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