It's no news to anyone that physical activity gets you healthy. Ski-touring, a recently rediscovered alpine discipline, adds a breath of fresh air to the world of winter sports. Come to Szczyrk and enjoy the wintertime away from crowded ski resorts - join us to take part in a genuine backcountry adventure. All you need is basic skiing skills. If you are confident in stopping and controlling your speed on blue runs you're good to go. Discover the Beskids by taking part in a two day ski-touring course for beginners. During the course you'll stay at a cosy chalet with mountain views, located in a quiet corner of the vibrant resort of Szczyrk. Touring gear (skis, boots, poles) and a professional skiing instructor await on the spot.
During one day of the course we usually climb 600 vertical meters. We know from experience that course participants are able to climb this vertical height in approximately 2-3 hours. You'll learn basic ski-touring skills as we climb nearby peaks. On of them will be Skrzyczne (1257 m). We will be moving at a mellow pace so don't worry about getting left behind. After reaching the top we usually take a longer brake in one of the mountain shelters. This is an opportunity to enjoy the views (in good weather you can see the Tatra Mountains from the top of Skrzyczne) , rest and sample some local highlander cuisine. For our descent we will use the easy blue runs (unless the entire group is more experienced). We will tour for 4-5 hours each day.
Join us and take part in a true ski-touring backcountry adventure!
Supposedly I wasn't born with skis on my feet, but the emotions associated with skiing have accompanied me from an early age. The first time my parents took me to Kasprowy Wierch at the age of 4, they had an ambitious plan to go down together. It turned out that the dense fog helped me plough down from the top. Unaware of the height and the surrounding mountain abyss, to the amazement of my parents, I went all the way down to Kuźnice itself. Since then, I have skis on my feet more than boots. Today, as a SITN-PZN downhill skiing instructor and owner of the Active Tourism Office, I make sure that the participants of my trainings and trips do not lack positive emotions. I am a man of action and I cannot sit still, still feeling unsatisfied with the mountains. Numerous courses, trainings and ski-touring and cycling trips allowed me to gain knowledge about keeping safe in the mountains in winter and summer. On the other hand, thanks to medical education, I understand perfectly well that movement... and close contact with nature is the best recipe for a healthy life and achieving inner harmony. So you are in safe hands. I invite you to the Silesian Beskids. Here you will take your first steps on cross-touring skis and ascend the peaks on electric mountain bikes. Everything under the watchful eye of the modest person of your instructor, i.e. me. See you in Skiturowa Chata!more
We have ski-touring gear (boots, skis and poles) for you on the spot
learn basic ski-touring skills and enjoy the backcountry with a profesional skiing instructor
course participants share the kitchen
two nights at the chalet located 600m above sea level
views of peak Skrzyczne from the chalet
perfect for couples and families with slightly older kids (+10)
In the mountains
Type of accommodation
Rooms and apartments
Access to the kitchen
Near the woods
Close to attractions
The host on site
Place for a bonfire or barbecue
17:00 - 21:00 Arrival at Skiturowa Chalet
09:00 – 9:45 Boot fitting, brief introduction to operating ski-touring gear
09:45 – 10:00 Departure from Skiturowa Chalet. Short walk to starting point of the trip.
10:00 Presentation of the trip route*
10:15 Start of ski-touring trip
13:30... – 14:30 Arrival at Skrzyczne PTTK Mountain Shelter (1257m), lunch, time to relax
14:30 – 15:00 Descend from Skrzyczne to Szczyrk via blue piste
15:00 End of first trip
09:30 Start of second ski-touring trip
15:00 End of ski-touring course
*The route of each trip will depend on the amount of snow cover and current atmospheric conditions. The Saturday and Sunday trip route is always different so that course participants get the chance to explore new terrain.
Skills you'll learn during the course:
-Getting your skis and boots ready for ascending, operating ski-touring bindings
-how to safely ascend on piste and off piste,
-ergonomic use of ski-touring bindings at various slope angles during ascent
-planning a safe ski-touring trip
-traversing steep slopes
-changing direction in steeper terrain: kick-turn technique during ascent
-choosing traverse angle during ascent
-ski-touring safely in a group
-attaching skins and removing skins, drying and storing skins
-stepping into bindings in deep snow and in steep terrain
-Getting your boots and bindings ready for descendingmore
Where will I sleep?
Participants stay in the heart of the Beskids at Skiturowa Chalet in Szczyrk. Our hut is situated close to the ski lifts, where we often begin our ski-touring trips. There are spectacular mountain views from the chalet living room and bedrooms. Participants share the kitchen and dining area. See more... info about the chalet at https://slowhop.com/pl/miejsca/skiturowa-chata.html
Skiturowa Chalet offers double roooms. If you are planning on visiting us with your partner or friend and you wish to share a room please make sure to let us know at the time of your booking. We will do our best to accommodate you in one room.more
What will I eat?
Meals are not included in the price of the course. The kitchen at the chalet is at your disposal. There are restaurants with good reviews close to the hut. Restaurants like "Markowa Destylarnia", "Bar kaprys" and "Freeride Bar" are only a 5 min walk away. Many course participants eat their main meals... during ski-touring trips at mountain shelters.more
What will I do?
Meet interesting people from all over Europe while ski-touring in beautiful polish mountains.
What's for children?
If you plan on taking part with your family including persons under 18 years of age please let us know at the time of making your booking. Participants under the age of 15 may take part in the course but parental supervision is required.
The full cost of the course, including accommodation, ski-touring gear, guiding and instructor fees is 1050 PLN per person.
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