Zieleniec ski arena – Polish Aspen?
The Poles do not have as much skiing options as we (Czechs) do, so they take a lot of care when it comes to their resorts.
Zieleniec Ski Arena is one of the largest ski resorts in Poland, with its origins dating back to the turn of the 19th and 20th centuries. For our neighbors, Zieleniec means as much as Špindlerův Mlýn for us.
Let’s look at some numbers!
The resort has a total of 27 ski slopes. A total of 5 chair lifts and about 30 average ski lifts. There are 21.3 km of slopes, of which 13.8 km are illuminated for evening skiing. For all lifts and cableways, there is one joint ticket at the resort. The ski season in Zieleńci lasts up to 150 days a year. It usually begins in early December and ends sometime in mid-April.
When we look at the information above, it certainly looks very interesting. Add the fact that beautiful nature is in the Orlické Mountains. And also that it is possible to go down skiing to the resort from Masaryk’s chalet at Šerlich which is located in the Czech Republic.
So what is reality?
Well, I personally was rather disappointed. Among the clear minuses, I would include the average length of the slopes (about one kilometer) and the small diversity of individual slopes. The big deficiency is also that the parts of the area are not properly connected and many times (when you want to go skiing in different part of resort) you have to go on foot instead of skiing.
As a plus, I would like to say the beautiful nature, the modern equipment, the relatively affordable price and the location (the border between Poland and the Czech Republic).
Who is the Zieleniec Areal ideal for?
Kids, families with children and beginners!
For these groups of people I think this resort is ideal. There are training meadows, lots of instructors and lots of different lifts.
And what about the price and the food?
For prices, you can find them on their website. Can be paid by credit card or zloty (Polish currency). In any case, prepare a cash deposit in Polish currency for a skipass.
As for meals, there are plenty of restaurants and bistros. But I recommend to visit Masaryk’s cottage (cooks very well here and it is relatively cheap here).
And interesting fact about the climate to the end.
On the website they say that…
“One of the most important advantages and the distinguishing factor of Zieleniec, in comparison with other ski resorts in Poland, is the specific microclimate similar to the Alpine climate. Its uniqueness is related to the air pressure system, which is exceptional in the region, due to which the human body produces an increased number of red blood cells. This improves our mood, allows us to recover faster and rest more effectively.”