Zakopane, Poland

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Mist covering Zakopane in Poland. Photo: Tomasz Kurp

My Polish dentist last week said to me, “If you like snowboarding, you’ve got to go to Poland.” She’s not wrong. Poland is fast becoming one of the best affordable places to go riding in Europe.

Like Bansko, Zakopane doesn’t have the vast kilometres of pistes that the Alps does but it does have good nightlife and a variety of spots to explore without breaking the bank. Great for beginners and intermediate but probably best avoided if you’re park rat or mileage clocker.

Flights: From £62 return to Krakow
Accommodation: Sunshine World offer 7 nights half board accommodation (breakfast and dinner) with rental, tuition, lift pass and return transfers for £395.
6 one-day lift passes: £95 (80 PLN)
Pint: £1.38 (7 PLN)

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