Little Witów Ski is situated just to the west of Zakopane ski fields and the other major resorts in the Tatras. It lays claim to one of the quieter single-piste lift systems near to Krakow. That said, a single chair lift, a single drag lift, a small snow park and even a cross-country run combine to make it arguably one of the more worthy for low-key winter sportsters.
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The skiing in Witów Ski
Short, easy, and relaxed are the pistes of Witow Ski. The lot is served by a single 1,000-meter lift and a shorter drag lift for beginners. Riders can opt to take two routes down the mountain. They both weave in and out of the chairlift supports as they go, and dip into the mid-season snow park.
The level of all the runs here is between absolute beginner and lower-intermediate. There’s simply nothing to challenge any more adventurous skiers. That – along with a fantastic on-site ski school – makes for one truly family-friendly option. It’s great for kids and perfect for finding your snow feet away from the busier crowds of resorts like Kotelnica and Szymoszkowa – the main Zakopane ski options.
On top of its single 900m run, Witów Ski also boasts a short cross-country route (mainly for practising). There’s also a separate snow park, which comes with a few jump obstacles and a modest amount of ramps (not open the whole season).
Where to stay in Witow Ski
There are limited accommodation options in Witow, but charm is plentiful. A lot come laced in Tatra mountain style – lots of wood, hearty and homey. Just check out the enchantingly traditional Hotel Witowianka to see what we mean. It’s actually sat just 50m from the base of the lifts!
Gorgeous Willa Topor is also worth a special mention. It’s Carpathian highland style is simply irresistible. Treats include spacious, luxurious suites with marble bathrooms and timber carvings. There’s also an on-site hot tub and sauna, along with areal fire in the dining area.
A better option for families and adventurous skiers alike would be to bed down in nearby Zakopane. That’s the main regional capital. It also has oodles more in the way of skiing. And it’s alive with clubs, pubs, restaurants, taverns – you name it!
Where to eat in Witow
For traditional Polish food at its best, head for the hearty interiors of Witowianka in the middle of Witow village itself. Alternatively, the equally cosy wood cabin of Gazdówka u Zająca sits just across the road. Further afield, hearty little Restauracja Ziębówka is worth a look in, while Gazdówka pod Lasem has a fine location between the woods of pretty Kira Leśnicka (Kiry) village.
As befits a resort of its size, expect nothing in the way of apres ski from Witów Ski. For all the after dark action be sure to head to Zakopane town just down the road. That’s where Poland’s finest post-piste partying carries on in underground clubs and traditional taverns until the early hours.