If you asking me if i love skiing I have to be honest. I am a complete beginner. I wanted to get a little throw back time and show you my skiing experience and show you a bit of Zakopane.
There are so many amazing places in Europe but we have decided to go skiing in Europe and chosen Zakopane as our place. Zakopane is located in southern Poland, within the Tatra Mountains. We flew to Wroclaw and as my home city is on the way we stayed at home for a few days ad took the train (around 8 hours!) Zakopane is amazing, but if you looking to stay longer as the closest airport is Krakow around 3h so perhaps you may also check the ski resorts with really fast airport transfer if you only planning to Europe skiing just for a weekend.
Our accommodation was the price of a lager in the UK. This was thanks to my mum connections and friends, as someone had a spare room that we could use and it was right in the heart of Zakopane. The accommodation was beautiful. It was an old wooden house, with stairs up so we could see the Zakopane main street called Krupówki.
Kropowki it’s a busy street of Zakopane with markets where they sell souvenirs, oscypek (best-smoked cheese in the world) and you can buy wool jumpers, cosy slipper and fur rugs. Kropowki is also packed with bars and restaurant where you can taste Polish food like roast lamb, pierogi, goulash or drink the mountaineer’s vodka. We call the mountaineer Gorale! It’s amazing how you can learn the culture by sipping homemade mulled wine in a cosy bar with a fireplace while watching the traditional style dancers and singers. You can also get the most amazing (although pricey) breakfast outdoor while watching mountains in the morning. Definitely worthy to try.
So, let’s jump into skiing experience. I never had ski’s on my feet before, so as you can guess I wasn’t good at it at all. It’s embarrassing to admit, but I used kids slopes. Yes, me in between the little children. Once I got little braver, I decided to try the ‘’adult’ slope. We took the ski downhill lift to the popular slope called Szymoszkowa Ski Centre as they have a bar on top 😉 main reason of course. Once we got there, I ordered popular tea with rum to get a little braver and warm up, but also to enjoy the amazing view from the top of the hill. It was fantastic.
The funny part is when I suddenly got a panic attack in the middle of a busy slope and started crying like a little girl! My goggles were full of my tears. my friends and my boyfriends tried really hard not to laugh at me and encourage me to stand up, but they couldn’t so they were laughing their head off while I was sitting and crying. Quite amusing view. I managed to get my myself together and slide down but after that I need a 3 x mulled wines.
The next day I picked up and started doing it properly and really enjoying toward the end but the slope experience was really embarrassing, yet funny to get back to. Bear in mind I was a super adulating 28 years old crying on slope haha.
I really want to go back, but perhaps somewhere else and try again. I love snow and you can read me why I want to to go Island post as well.
Pictures were taken before I dyed my hair pink 🙂