Jurgow Ski introduction
Highly-rated as one of the finest of Poland’s small-scale resorts, Jurgow Ski presents a neat little alternative day on the slopes to the pistes of Zakopane and nearby Białka Tatrzańska. What’s more, the prices are cheap, the views across the High Tatras and the Slovak border are nothing short of breath-taking, and there’s easy access to Krakow and Katowice to boot.
Despite its size and relatively low elevation (1,046 meters), Jurgow SKi has a great deal to offer a whole range of different skiing abilities. The bulk of the runs are marketed as red pistes, but the intermediates at Jurgow Ski are more like an Austrian blue, while the single black run is intermediate through-and-through. For the beginners there are some short, easy runs served by separate drag lifts on the edge of the resort, making Jurgow Ski a great place to come for a quiet lesson away from the crowds of Kotelnica Białczańska just up the road. All in this one clocks up just under 5 kilometers of runs, with the longest coming in at 1,150 metres total.
In terms of lifts, Jurgow Ski
boasts two individual chairlifts with a combined capacity of 4,800 people per hour. These transport skiers to the top station, from where it’s possible to ride a blue (part of the way), red or black down to the bottom station. The resort is made beginner friendly thanks to four separate drag lifts, which each allow for access to stand-alone practice areas and nursery zones.
Jurgow resort has its own partner ski school, Ski Plus, who offer lessons starting at 50 PLN. There are no cross-country tracks on offer and most of the pistes have snow-making, allowing for a relatively long season that typically runs from late December to March.
A detailed ski map and a breakdown of the runs is available here.
Jurgow itself is just a small hamlet some five kilometers from the Slovakian border. That means there’s a pretty limited number of places to bed down in. Surely one of the best bets is the Apartamenty Jurgow Ski. As you can probably tell from the name, it’s located just a short walk from the start of the Jurgow lifts. However, it’s the swish interior styles and cosy contemporary-come-mountain look of the apartments that really make this one. There are also some apartments suitable for larger family groups of up to seven people here.
The individual cabins of Narciarski Jurgow are another top choice. Complete with private on-site parking, real fires and cosy living rooms, they are a great option for family visitors. Meanwhile, the rustic and homey little rooms of U Bacy offer a budget choice that’s more in the style of a Polish home stay.
Jurgow has its own traditional Polish restaurant, Karczma Hawran, which sits at the base of the slopes and offers up a range of traditional highland food alongside classic western dishes. The inside is warm and comfortable, while self-service is the name of the game.
For something a little more eclectic, or for a full-on evening meal, consider heading out to Białka Tatrzańska, where the fantastic Litworowy Staw offers a menu of hearty, smoky Polish mountain foods in a fantastic, traditional timber setting.
To put it simply: no skier is attracted to Jurgow Ski for the apres. A smattering of small huts on the mountain is just about all this one has in the way of drinkeries, and these are invariably peppered with families – even during the afternoon wind-down period. If you’re determined to get the vodkas in, consider basing yourself in Zakopane, where the (in)famous Krupowki Street is known to rage on until the early hours on weekends.
Alternatively, the charming and hedonistic city of Krakow is just two hours up the road. Don’t expect to be in the company of skiers though (stag dos are far more likely in those parts).
Given its position just 5 kilometers from the Slovakian border, Jurgow Ski is just as accessible from town in northern Slovakia like Liptovský Mikuláš and Poprad (both of which can be reached by bus from Bratislava). However, the easiest way into town is by direct bus from Krakow to nearby Białka Tatrzańska (running regularly from the city’s Dworzec Główny terminal) right throughout the day. From Białka Tatrzańska there are local buses available to Jurgow, while private taxis are also an option. There are also local buses connecting the resort with nearby Zakopane.
The drive from Krakow to Jurgow takes approximately 2 hours and free parking is available on-site.
If you’d like some more information on skiing in Jurgow or the surrounding area, be sure to ask away in the comments below. Or, check out our guide to skiing in Poland.