Discover the Tatra Mountains that form the border between Poland and Slovakia and are part of the Carpathian range. They offer spectacular scenery and landscape similar to the European Alps, although smaller in height. The mountains offer snow-sure conditions between January and March, while the terrain provides some excellent ski touring and backcountry skiing with wide open ridges to challenging tree skiing, gullies and couloirs.
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Fly to Krakow and travel on to Zakopane. The journey by bus takes about 2 hours. Evening welcome meeting and briefing with your guides. Stay overnight in a hotel in the town.
We start with a bus/taxi from Zakopane to Siwa Polana. From there walking or taxi (horses) until the Chocholowska hut. From the hut there are plenty of options for day ski touring: Grzes, Rakon, Wolowiec. All the tours involve 500-900m climbing. Spend the night in the Chocholowska hut (1150m)
Today starts with a skin up the ridge line until Trzydniowianski Wierch (1758m) followed by a ski down to the Starorobocianska Dolina (1350m). Skin up to the Siwa Przelecz (1812m) and ski down to the Hali Ornak hut (1080m) in Koscieliska Valley
Skin up the Tomanowa Dolina to the Tomanowa Przelecz (1686 m) and ski down for 300m. Skin up to the Przelecz (1863m) and climb the Kondracka Kopa (2005m). Ski down to the Kondratowa Hala hut (little hut, 1350m) or Kalatowki Hotel/hut (10 min further down the track at 1200m).
Ski down to the lower station of the lift system. Using the cable car reach the Kasprowy Wierch (1987m). Follow the ridge line with skins until Liliowe (1952m), ski down until Zielony Staw Gasienicowy followed by a short but steep skin up to Karb (1863m). Ski down to Czarny Staw Gasienicowy (1650m). The first few metres are steep and may climb down in crampons if it's icy. From here we skin up to Zawrat – the last few metres requiring crampons. We enjoy a fantastic ski down to the Dolina Pieciu Stawow Polskich (valley) – 5 lakes (1660m)
Spend a day in this great area with an exploratory day tour. More options: Kozi Wierch (2291m) or Przelecz – Szpiglasowy Wierch (2172m) and ski down to the hut.
Skin up to Gladka Przelecz (1994m), ski down to the Kobylia dolina (valley) and skin up to the Wrota Chalubinskiego (2022m) and ski down to the Morskie Oko hut (1400m). Ski down before taking the taxi (horses + bus) to Zakopane and on to Krakow for the last night.
If you have time we recommend spending a few hours looking around Krakow before heading back to the airport for flight home.
The price includes all guide fees and expenses, all accommodation, all meals (except lunch and evening meals in Krakow)
The price does not include travel to/from Zakopane, uplift and local transfers, entrance tickets to thermal spas or other visitor attractions, personal expenses (e.g. drinks, snacks)
The cost for local transfers, taxis and uplift should be no more than 50 Euros for the week.
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This is an extensive list of the recommended clothing and equipment you will need if you are coming to one of our Ski Tours.
During the tour you will be staying most nights in catered high mountain huts and will need to carry all the equipment and clothing you require for the duration of the tour. The huts are comfortable but basic with limited facilities.
Any clothing or other items not required on the tour can be left in a travel bag at your first hotel ready for your return on the final night.
We recommend keeping the weight of your pack as light as possible. If you are new to alpine multi-day ski touring, try taking your pack out on the slopes before the tour to see how it feels. You quickly realise the benefit of ‘skiing light’.
If you are uncertain or need further information, don't hesitate to contact us.
For all touring trips it is essential you ski with an all-mountain/freeride type skis, ski touring boots and ski touring bindings. If you have your own skis but they do not have ski touring bindings then you will need to rent skis. The same applies if you have downhill ski boots, you will need to rent ski touring boots.
For alpine ski touring we recommend an all-mountain/freeride touring ski that isn’t too heavy, a really lightweight ski comes at a cost to performance on the descents so are only recommended for really good off-piste skiers with a strong interest in ski touring.
There are plenty of great skis to choose from and we highly recommend skis from the following manufactures:
Dynastar Skis: www.dynastar.com
Movement Skis: www.movementskis.com
Black Crows Skis: www.blackcrows-skis.com
Trab Skis: www.skitrab.com/en-us
Scott Skis: http://www.scott-sports.com
Volkl Skis: http://www.voelkl.com
If you are planning on buying skis for ski touring and general skiing and have any questions do not hesitate to call us to discuss the options available to you.
It is essential that you have ski touring boots for all touring trips as walking up hill is much more comfortable in these types of boots with a walk mode and great flex. A dedicated touring boot or a hybrid freeride boot is best.
Avalanche airbag rucksacks can be used for touring but they are heavy, adding somewhere between 5-8kg just for an empty pack plus canister. So unless you are sure you can carry it and fit all you need in, we do not recommend you use one.
Over a long multiday tour every gram of weight is important as you have to carry and move it yourself. Carrying a heavy pack will hinder and tire all but the most experienced and fit ski tourer.
The “Safety Trilogy” - required on all our ski tours and off-piste courses.
Food and Water
We suggest you bring with you or buy in resort snack food that you can take out on the hill with you each day. Things like cereal bars, dried fruit and nuts, chocolate, sugary sweets or your favorite hill snacks. When you’re staying overnight in huts its best to take supplies for the days you are away. Huts do sell food but it’s expensive and sometimes stocks run low.
If you have any food allergies or dietary requirements especially if you are a Coeliac (Gluten free) or have a dairy allergy we strongly recommend you bring some food with you that you can supplement your dinners with. The huts are fairly good at providing for vegetarians but less so for other dietary needs.
You have to buy bottled water in the huts as usually any running water is non-potable. Bottled water is expensive in French and Swiss huts; you can be paying upto 12-16CHF per 1.5L bottle of water. So please ensure you budget for this cost.
The republic of Poland is in Central Europe. It is bordered by Germany to the west; the Czech Republic and Slovakia to the south; Ukraine, Belarus and Lithuania to the east; and the Baltic Sea and Kaliningrad Oblast, a Russian exclave, to the north. The Polish capital is Warsaw.
Poland became a member of the European Union in 2004. The mountainous southern part of the country includes the Tatras and a section of the Carpathian Mountains extending along the Polish-Slovakian border.
The Slovak Republic is a landlocked state in Central Europe. It is bordered by the Czech Republic and Austria to the west, Poland to the north, Ukraine to the east and Hungary to the south. The present-day Slovakia became an independent state in 1993 after the peaceful dissolution of Czechoslovakia and later became a member of the EU in 2004. The capital city is Bratislava. Slovakia is extremely mountainous, with the Carpathian Mountains extending across most of the northern half of the country. Amongst these mountain ranges are the peaks of the High Tatras close to the border with Poland. They are a popular skiing destination and home to many scenic lakes and valleys as well as the highest point in Slovakia, the Gerlachovský štít at 2,655 metres (8,711 ft).
It is a condition of booking that you are insured for your chosen activity and the cover must include medical expenses, personal accident, personal liability, third party risks and rescue (including helicopter rescue). You are strongly advised also to take out cover against cancellation and curtailment.
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All our ski tours are led by our team of IFMGA Mountain Guides. The team is led by Olly Allen, Matt Dickinson and Nick Parks.
IFMGA / UIAGM / IVBV
The IFMGA / UIAGM / IVBV symbol is the logo of the International Federation of Mountain Guides Association.
Nick, Olly and Matt are all fully-qualified UIAGM Mountain Guides and members of the British Mountain Guides Association.
The International Ski Instructors Association is the world body for professional ski instructors.
The ISIA was formed in 1971 and there are currently 39 member nations representing the very best in ski instruction around the world.