|Mountain scenery in Strbske Pleso, Slovakia|
The second area, Karpacz, was supposed to be open but their lift was broken. I'm about to waste my weekend. The parking attend tells me that the hike to the area takes six hours without the lift. I would be tempted to try it anyway, but language problems make it impossible to find out if there'd be skiing after the hike. And my friends, Tero and Heikki have a ship to catch and can not stay long enough to take the hike.
|Afterski in Strbske Pleso at the Discobar Plesi||vec|
|Climbing up in Zakopane|
When I arrive in Zakopane it is already evening. We were never able to determine from the Polish website if Zakopane is still open, but it for sure is not open at this hour.
I climb up 250 meters to the top of the lift and the end of the snow. This takes an hour and half with all the photography on the way. A quick rest at the top and I need to head down before the light is completely gone. Note to self: this is not the first ski trip where bringing a headlamp would have been smart.
|Sunset as I was climbing up in Zakopane, Poland|
|Karpacz, Poland was melting away|
From Zakopane I drove to Strbske Pleso, in the High Tatras of Slovakia. Their last day of the season would be tomorrow Sunday. But first I'd need to test their afterski. The recommended place in the nights is Discobar Plesivec, next to the central parking structure. This is a loud disco-style bar with a surprisingly large crowd, given that it was the end of the season.
Unlike the hills in the border between Czech Republic and Poland,
|Upper runs in Strbske Pleso|
Strbske Pleso's ski runs are relatively limited, however. It has a 450 meter altitude difference, and the red run from the top station to the bottom is interesting, even if it has a few flat sections. If I had come earlier in the season, the off piste routes to the skier's left of the main chair lift would undoubtedly been interesting.
The essential parameters for Strbske Pleso are as follows. Goulash index 1.55€. This price is from my hotel restaurant, I had no time to check the ski area restaurants. Time to ski down from the top to the bottom: 2 minutes 35 seconds. Strbske Pleso appears to be one of those ski areas that can be skied down without having to make any turns. Accommodation was 46€, for one person in the nice Hotel Toliar in center of the village. If had searched online I would probably have found cheaper alternatives. Three hour lift ticket was 14.50€.
|Discobar Plesivec, Strbske Pleso|
|My route through Czech Republic, Poland, and Slovakia|
Photo credits (c) by Jari Arkko and Google Maps.