Snow enthusiasts flock to Mt. Gubalowka’s ski resort, with just under two miles (around three kilometers) of runs usually open from early December to early April. The easiest way to reach the top, a funicular whisks you up from Zakopane in about three minutes. Or, hop on a 2-person chairlift, T-bar, or rope tow up the mountain. When ski season ends, a summer toboggan run opens, as do biking and walking trails.
Numerous tour operators offer day trips from Kraków. Whether you’re interested in skiing, hiking, or just soaking up the scenery from one of the nearby thermal pools, you’re likely to find an excursion that suits your preferences.