Photographer's Note

"Kasprowy Wierch (in Polish) or Kasprov vrch (in Slovak) is a mountain in the Western Tatras. It is pronounced in English as ' Kas-pr-o-vě Vē-air-h '

From 1910 onwards Kasprowy Wierch became very popular among ski tourists so much so a Aerial tramway(cabin aerial ropeway) or téléphérique, reaching almost to the summit, was built between 1935-1936 as such it is one of the oldest in Europe. As part of its modernization, the cabin aerial ropeway was closed for a period until December 2007. In 1938 meteorological and astronomical observatories were built here. Users of the cable car have to change cars midway at Myślenicke Turnie mount. At the top station there are restaurants and information offices with further ski lifts just outside. The cable cars are extremely popular and tourists regularly have to wait up to 3 hours to buy tickets - roughly the same time it would take to ascend the mountain on foot. The cable car service has caused environmental concerns and protest both in 1935 and 2006. In 1961-1962 and in 1967-1968 chairlifts were built on the slopes of the mountain and they run in two sections.

The mountain forms the border of Poland and the Slovak Republic and there are no border controls on the mountain so it (although since both countries are now part of the Schengen zone this is no longer an issue) is technically possible (in good weather) to cross into the other country."

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