Zakopane's tram has operated for 71 years without a serious problem. The cable car was built in 1936 to transport skiers and summer mountain hikers from the city of Zakopane to the ski area on Kasprowy Wierch. Repairs should be completed by December.
Zakopane is one of the longest established ski resorts in the world. It has hosted the FIS World Ski Championships three times; in 1929, 1939 and 1962. After the creation of the Internationale Ski Federation (FIS) in Chamonix in 1924, it was proposed (but not acted upon) that skiing should be included in the Winter Olympics and that an annual ski race meeting should be held called "rendez-vous races". These races were termed FIS races for the first time at the 1929 Zakopane meeting.