In Poland the word „bania” may be associated with being…drunk. But this article certainly isn’t about promotion of skiing when being under the influence. Bania is a comely, intimate resort, perfect for family holidays and for learning skiing.
Those, who love shushing on skis and are just counting days for winter holidays, probably dream of medium or large ski resort with a wide range of lifts and trails. They can’t wait when they will have the opportunity to check their skills, feel the adrenaline rush and gain the appreciation of the observers. In turn, beginners not always feel quite comfortable in such resorts, especially when they see stunts of advanced skiers, and themselves just shake when trying to make a move. In this situation a good idea would be going to a smaller resort and gaining the confidence on specially prepared slopes, among other adherents of two boards. Then learning is such a great fun, devoid of stress.
What’s interesting - when you want to learn skiing properly, you can simply visit Poland. In our mountains you can find numerous intimate resorts with a very interesting offer for beginners. A good example is skiing resort Bania, located in Białka Tatrzańska. It’s a center perfect for those, who have started skiing in the current year.
Bania – a paradise for families with children
The moment you make your first step in the resort, you can notice that it’s offer is targeted mainly at families with small children. Bania attracts young, as well as older skiers with a 4-seater chairlift, winter carousel and a ski kindergarten made of huge, air toys (eg. castles).
It’s not the end of attractions for kids. In Bania, no one will laugh when you hit the nursery slope with sleds in your hand. Here, the age doesn’t count, you won’t hear anything like “it doesn’t befit” – the only thing that matters is good fun. You can also try to go skiing with an inflatable ring, because there’s a nice snowtubing track prepared for guests.
Winter 2013/2014 – skipass prices in Bania
Bania ski resort is interconnected with Kotelnica Białczańska resort, so after getting accustomed with two boards, we can exercise on other slopes. What’s more, after purchasing a skipass TatraSki, you can ski on the slopes of 5 resorts (Bania, Kotelnica, Jurgów Ski in Jurgów, Kaniówka in Białka Tatrzańska and Czorsztyn Ski in Kluszkowce). In high season the price of a one day pass for an adult costs 95 PLN (23 EUR), for kids – 80 PLN (20 EUR), while for seniors and youths – 85 PLN (21 EUR).
All of Bania slopes are lit and regularly snowed, thanks to which you can practice to yours heart content, starting with the first frost till Easter. The resort has a professional ski school and equipment rental. There’re 5 trails operated by 5 lifts – 1 chairlift, 2 t-bars, magic carpet and an unsupported lift number 7. In the resort you can also find a snow park, and a large, free parking lot (also for busses).
What apart from skiing?
After an intensive learning you can rest in Terma Bania, relaxing in one of the thermal pools, sauna or during a massage. If you get hungry, you can go to Karcma Bania or Green Hut, where you can try hot, highland cuisine. Tourist infrastructure is excellently organized and amazingly rich, so we won’t have any problems with finding a restaurant that serves dishes most suitable for us, nor with finding an accommodation.
Polish mountains have a lot to offer. It’s worth to see it for oneself.