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Skiing in the City
February 20, 2008   
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The artificial skiing slope in Szczęśliwicki Park in Warsaw's Ochota district opened Feb. 7. The slope is 74.9 meters high and 227 meters long, with an average angle of 12 degrees. It has a T-bar lift and a chair lift. The slope is open Wed.-Fri. 2:30 p.m.-9 p.m. and Sat.-Sun. 10 a.m.-8:30 p.m.

Ticket prices: adults-zl.13, 25 or 50 (for five, 10 or 20 runs); students-zl.12, 22.50, 45; children aged 4-18-zl.9, 17, 34. The ticket office closes one hour before the slope's closing time. The slope will not operate if there are fewer than 10 skiers. On the site, there is also a skiing school where you can take individual or group classes led by licensed instructors from the Polish Skiing Association, who can also work with children. There is also a ski rental shop, a ski and snowboard maintenance shop, and a small restaurant with a viewing terrace.

22 Drawska St., Szczęśliwicki Park

Where to Skate in Warsaw

This 1,100-square-meter rink is open 24/7. Figlowisko is situated in the Ursynów district, near the Imielin metro station and the Multikino multiplex. A single-entrance ticket costs zl.7-9, passes cost zl.35 for children and zl.45 for adults. You can rent a pair of skates for zl.5 (no time limit) and sharpen your blades for zl.10 per pair.,
Komisji Edukacji Narodowej (KEN) Avenue

This outdoor skating rink offers good skating conditions in temperatures up to 10 degrees Celsius above freezing. Esperanto is open Mon.-Fri. from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. and 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. on weekends. Tickets cost zl.7 and 5 (reduced price). The rink rents out skates at zl.5 per pair. Sharpening costs zl.8., 5 Esperanto St.

Arena Skating Rink in front of the Palace of Culture and Science
The outdoor Arena skating rink is free of charge. It is open Mon.-Thu. From 8 a.m. to 8 p.m and 8 a.m. to 9 p.m. on weekends. Renting a pair of skates costs zl.7 for the first hour, and every hour after that costs zl.5.
Palace of Culture and Science, Świętokrzyska Street side.

Ochota District Sports and Recreation Center
The skating rink in Ochota is open Mon.-Fri. from 8 a.m. to 9 p.m. and 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. on weekends. Discount tickets cost zl.4, normal regular zl.7. You can also buy passes for ten visits at zl.60 (regular) and 30 (reduced price). Renting skates costs zl.6 per pair.
10 Rokosowska St.

The covered Jutrzenka skating rink is 34 m in diameter and its equipment keeps the surface frozen in temperatures up to 10 degrees Celsius. The rink is open Mon.-Fri. 8 a.m.-8 p.m. and 9 a.m.-8 p.m. on weekends. The Jutrzenka facility includes a skate rental and a snack bar where you can warm yourself up, have something hot to drink and a tasty meal. Tickets cost zl.3-6 on weekdays and zl.4-8 on weekends and holidays. The rink offers "2+2" family passes at zl.15. A pair of skates costs zl.7 to rent for one hour. 5 Rozbrat St.

Wola Park
The 600-sq-m skating rink at the Wola Park shopping mall is open daily from 10 a.m. to 9:30 p.m. In the evening, the rink is illuminated and music is played through a sound system. Admission is free and you can rent skates for zl.6 for the first hour. Every hour afterwards costs zl.3., 124 Górczewska St.

The indoor skating rink at the Torwar Arena is open on Thursdays 8 p.m.-9:30 p.m., Saturdays 11 a.m.-12:30 p.m. and 6:30 p.m.-8 p.m. and Sundays 11 a.m.-12:30 p.m. and 6 p.m.-7:30 p.m. Tickets cost zl.10 and 7 (reduced price). You can skate at Torwar from mid-September to the end of May:
  • at the start and end of the season, the Torwar rink is open on Thursdays (8 p.m.-9:30 p.m.) and Sundays (6 p.m.-7:30 p.m.);
  • from mid-October to the end of March, Torwar is open on Thursdays, Saturdays and Sundays;
  • during the early Sunday skating sessions, little children can skate in a separate sector;
  • the rink has a nurse to attend to cuts and other minor injuries;
  • you can buy sweets and hot and cold beverages at Torwar.

Skating schools:
Walley-tel. 0-22 629-52-07; Hunkiewicz & Partners-0-22 671-75-48;
Syrena-0-22 621-95-84; Marymont-0-22 629-52-07.

The Promenada shopping mall has an indoor skating rink which is open throughout the year Mon.-Sat. 10 a.m.-9 p.m. and 10 a.m.-8 p.m. on Sundays. Tickets cost zl.2 per 30 min. for children under 12, Mon.-Fri. Adults and children aged over 12 pay zl.5 per 30 min. Mon.-Fri. and zl.8 on weekends.

Skate rental: zl.4 for children under 12 and zl.6 for children over 12 and adults., 75c Ostrobramska St.

The Stegny Skating Rink, situated in the Mokotów district, is open 5 p.m.-6:30 p.m. and 7 p.m.-8:30 on Mondays, 5 p.m.-6:30 p.m. from Tuesday to Friday and noon-2 p.m., 3 p.m.-5 p.m. and 6 p.m.-8 p.m. on weekends and holidays. Tickets cost zl.8 per 90 minutes, the discount price is zl.5. Renting skates costs zl.5, sharpening zl.8., 1 Inspektowa St.

Joanna Matysiak
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