Ski Arena Szrenica introduction
Deep in the hills of the Karkonosz Mountains and Jelenia Gora County, straddling the rugged borderlands with the Czech Republic, Ski Arena Szrenica is an accomplished eight-lift option that’s perfect for combining a winter holiday in Poland (or even the towns of Liberec or Trutnov across the border) with a spot of skiing. There’s a variety of runs, some fantastic scenery and great value for money to be had!
The skiing in Ski Arena Szrenica
The five major runs of the Szrenica Ski Arena run the gamut from slow blue to challenging, forest-shrouded black. That makes this otherwise tight-knit resort a real player on the ski resort circuit of the south, offering something for virtually every type of rider (provided they aren’t after the moguls of the high Alps that is!).
All the lifts start in the small little mountain town of Szklarska Poreba and run up to the summit of Szrenica 1,326 metres above. The three largest lifts – Szrenica I, Szrenica II and the Karkonosz Express – take skiers to different sides of the mountain. One side offers a selection of small drag lifts and a clutch of blue and red runs, while the other touts the FIS black run that winds its way for an adrenaline-fuelled two-kilometers back to the base of the lifts. The longest run (Lolobrygida) is a dog-armed red that goes for a whopping four-kilometers in total (pretty unheard of for Poland). What’s more, new projects here are aiming to connect the two-kilometer black run with the base station via a second route, which is set to add some significant trail length to its total.
In addition to the more challenging runs that go from the top of the mountain, the resort also boasts a selection of nursery slopes. There are oodles of ski schools on offer in the nearby town of Szklarska Poreba.
All runs here benefit from a good snowmaking system, which does well to keep the season relatively in tandem with the higher-perched resorts across the border and in Zakopane (late-December to mid-March).
Accommodation in Ski Arena Szrenica
Given this region’s popularity as a year-round outdoorsy resort, there are plenty of hotel options open to skiers looking to make the Szrenica Ski Arena the centre of their Polish winter holiday.
For some luxury, be sure to check out the grand and opulent Hotel & Sound Bossa Nova, which follows in the Victorian style with its exquisite interiors, or the luxurious Cristal Resort Szklarska Poręba. Alternatively, some seriously fantastic self-catering apartments are available at the Apartamenty Sun&Snow Resort.
There are countless other hotels on offer in the nearby town of Szklarska Poręba, which spreads out at the base of the ski slopes here. You can check everything from luxurious spa hotels to budget apartments for groups.
Restaurants in Ski Arena Szrenica
While Ski Arena Szrenica is home to all the usual on-piste Polish restaurants serving traditional foodstuffs (pierogi dumplings, zurek soup, pork knuckles), visitors would also do well to search in the town of Szklarska Poreba itself, where joints like Kawiarnia Fantazja and Karczma Hutnika offer up something totally different.
In the nearest city, Wroclaw, there are also oodles of international eateries and award-winning restaurants to choose from, which is great if – like many – you opt to base you skiing holiday in Poland there.
Apres in Ski Arena Szrenica
While the après offering of this charming mountain town deep in the Karkonosze is far from wild, there are a number of places that do well to keep the energy flowing after a day on the pistes. The action tends to start as the lifts close in the smattering of nameless bars that cling to the edge of the resort itself. From there, it’s on to Klub Jazgot: a quirky and stylish little dive that is sure to get visitors dancing!
If you want to know more about the skiing in Ski Arena Szrenica or nearby, be sure to ask any questions in the comments below. Alternatively, you can head over to check out our section on skiing in Poland.