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Śnieżka experience

Sněžka (Czech: Sněžka, German: Schneekoppe) - the highest peak of the Karkonosze and Sudety with the absolute height of 1603 m above sea level.

The route to Śnieżka.
Skitouring in Karkonosze.
Mountain chalet „Silesian House”.
The symbol of Śnieżka is the Meteorological Observatory building, which resembles discs and is called "flying saucers”.
Śnieżka, the mountain towering over Karkonosze, has intrigued people for centuries, attracted travelers and vagabonds.
Sunset.
The original, futuristic observatory building was featured at the XIX Summer Olympics in Mexico City in 1968.
Time for collecting thoughts.
Tomasz is a patroller and instructor of the Karkonosze branch of the Mountain Volunteer Rescue Service.
Tomasz Krotowski on duty. GOPR Karkonosze.
Tomasz Krotowski, a hero of our adventure on Śnieżka.

Sněžka is granite and its peak consists of hard rocks called hornfels. For the most part of the year, the weather conditions here are very harsh, similar to those behind the Arctic Circle: low temperatures, gusty winds and heavy rain and snowfall.

The symbol of Śnieżka is the Meteorological Observatory building, which resembles discs and is called "flying saucers". Śnieżka is one of two High-Mountain Meteorological Observatories in Poland (next to the one at Kasprowy Wierch). The building of the observatory, designed in modernism style was built between 1966-1974. The designers were two architects - Witold Lipiński and Waldemar Wawrzyniak from the Wrocław University of Technology. The silver building, gleaming in the sunlight thanks to its aluminium cladding, has the form of three interconnected disc-shaped blocks. The new observatory building received an award at the World Architecture Exhibition in Mexico. The original, futuristic observatory building was featured at the XIX Summer Olympics in Mexico City in 1968 and in the French newspaper "Le Figaro" in 1976.

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Śnieżka, the mountain towering over Karkonosze, has intrigued people for centuries, attracted travelers and vagabonds.

The symbol of Karkonosze and the whole Sudety Mountains is the Mountain Spirit, also called Karkonosz. He is a mysterious Wanderer and Lord of the Mountains, who is said to have inspired J.R.Tolkien to create the character of Gandalf the Grey.

Tomasz Krotowski, the hero of our adventure on Śnieżka, is a patroller and instructor of the Karkonosze branch of the Mountain Volunteer Rescue Service. During more than twenty years of service, he has gained a lot of experience and has taken part in national and international mountain rescue competitions. He is also an officer of the State Fire Service, Rescue and Firefighting Unit No. 1 in Jelenia Góra.

Tomasz has been skiing on MAJESTY skis since the beginning of the brand. His skiing area includes the Karkonosze, Tatra Mountains, Alps and Caucasus mountains. When it comes to his achievements - he has individually reached Kazbek and skied down from the south-eastern wall in 2015. As a climber he has climbed the peaks of the Tatras (Kazalnica, Cubryna, Zamarła Turnia), the Alps (Petit Dru, Mount Blanc, Dent du Geant, Aiguille du Midi, Aiguille Dibona) and Khan Tengri (7005 m.a.s.l.) in the Tienshan mountains. His speleological (exploration) activities include the Alps (the Jack Daniels cave, Brezno pod Velbom, Viva le Donne) and the Caucasus. He was the first Polish speleologist to explore the deepest cave in the world - Krubera-Voroniej (- 2140 m).

As a rescuer, he participated in the rescue operation in the Jack Daniels cave in the Alps and led the underground part of the rescue operation in the Bear Cave.

While filming material about Tomek Krotowski, we had the opportunity to take a look at the work of a mountain rescuer and, at the same time, the passion of a ski-tourer. Tomek is a personification of the institution of a rescuer in the broad sense, someone who serves at the highest level of commitment. He is also a man of the mountains, connected with them through his work and sport activities. We are proud that we can provide him with tools which he will use both as a GOPR rescuer and during his free time spent on skis. Our adventure on Śnieżka combined elements such as skiing, beauty of the mountains, history, passion and technology. Thanks to this, we managed to show something that goes beyond the limits of perceiving ski touring only as a sport activity.

During his mountain activities, including our trip to Śnieżka, Tomek uses Superpatrol Carbon skis, Touring Carbon poles and Majesty R12 bindings, The Force magnetic goggles, and clothing from the Vagabond capsule collection.

The Superpatrol Carbon skis are the latest addition to our range of carbon fibre skis. It is a technical, ultra-lightweight tool for rescuers and mountain guides. Superpatrol Carbon skis are extremely stable, precise and responsive. Superpatrol Carbon skis feature a flat tail, rockered tip, semi-cap construction and a core of paulownia wood, carbon and carbon-aramid fibres and COT (cut-off tail) technology.