Are you a fan of winter and snow, and you enjoy physical activity? In that case, you are for sure wondering where to go to enjoy the frosty aura best. We have some ideas for a skiing trip from Kraków.
Foreign slopes, due to their varied infrastructure, are very popular, both among experienced skiers and those who take their first steps in winter sports. Does skiing or snowboarding during the day, and exploring the area and local specialties in a warm climatic resort in the evenings sound fub? Let’s discover some attractive destinations that are worth visiting.
Ski slopes of our German neighbors
If you value the comfort of little crowds, the Wallberg and Alpsitze resorts will prove to be the perfect choice. Less than 100 km away from Munich is the famous Garmisch-Partenkirchen ski base. It is easy to get there by train or bus from Munich. The base is located in the mountain region, where the Zugspitze, the highest and snowiest peak in all of Bavaria, is located. The famous Kandahar Olympic route runs on this glacier. The area safe from avalanches offers more than 60 km of slopes for skiers. When spending the night in the city after an active day on the slopes, it is worth finding some time to relax. A visit to the most famous bath, Müller’sches Volksbad, built in the 19th century in Art Nouveau style, will give you all the relaxation you need. Let’s also visit Glockenbach, the trendiest district with lots of cozy restaurants. Bars where you can taste traditional beer are also a must on the trip.
Spectacular views in Switzerland
No other country has so many four-thousanders. There are four major ski resorts in Switzerland, located directly on the glacier: Zermatt, Aletsch, Saas-Fee and Flims-Laax-Falera. Arosa, Verbier and Engelberg are other popular routes. Clean air and white snow, glistening in the rays of the sun, and the surrounding snow-capped peaks – these are the reasons why you should go there. The lifts are very modern, the restaurants exquisite, and the hotels high-class. Tourists like to try local specialties. The region is famous for its cheese fondue, which you can indulge in without remorse after an active day. Moreover, four official languages make it much easier for foreigners to stay there. Exclusive towns, such as Davos and Zermatt, are famous for their various attractions. In addition to classic skiing, you can practice trekking, cross-country skiing and hiking there. Switzerland also has an interesting offer for thrill seekers. Modern snow parks allow for real winter fun. The great freeride conditions are a real treat. This extreme sport involves descending steep slopes with undulating ground, usually in virgin terrain. You can easily get to these alpine resorts from the airport in Zurich – buses run frequently in the season, and you can also count on a reliable Swiss railway – and the journey is pure pleasure. It is worth knowing that Swiss Airlines provide a free ski and snowboard baggage allowance with each standard ticket.
Italy with the whole family
When looking for slopes of various degrees of difficulty in Italy, it is worth visiting Turin, which is part of the Monterosa ski area. It lies at the bottom of Monte Rosa range, which offers the possibility of skiing at high altitudes. The Piani di Bobbio Resort is located just 60 km from Bergamo. There are 35 km of well-prepared slopes with 8 ski lifts. At a similar distance is the Brembo Ski, with 20 kilometers of slopes and 7 lifts. The Montecampione resort is located in the Val Camonica valley, and a bit further, up to 200 km from the airport, there are the famous resorts of Lombardy: Aprica, Valmalenco, Ponte de Legno and Livigno. Skiers should also visit… Venice. There are over 20 resorts in the area, with some of the most famous being – Arabba, Civetta, Cortina d’Ampezzo, Lagazuoi and Tofana – Ra Valles. In addition to amazing monuments and delicious cuisine, Italy also provides plenty of winter attractions for children, who can practice their skills in numerous ski schools and have fun in snow parks. Their expectations will also be met by amusement parks or relaxation in the healing springs with family.
It is worth discovering the Sierra Nevada ski resorts in Spain. You can fly directly to Malaga from Kraków, and from there you are only 170 km away from the mountain slopes. 6 ski areas and 30 lifts await fans of winter tourism. It is worth staying overnight in Granada, which is included in the UNESCO list of Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity.
Moreover, you can quickly travel to the very famous resorts in the Pyrenees from Barcelona. The modern and well-prepared La Molina, offering 16 lifts and as many as 46 different routes, is highly recommendable. There is also a snow park, you can enjoy snowshoe walks, toboggan runs, even dog sleds are available. La Molina together with the nearby Masella form the Alp 2500 ski resort. A modern gondola lift connects the two resorts, making traveling between them easy and comfortable.