Poland is an emerging ski destination, with a lot of investment in recent years upping the quality of the country’s resorts. Head here if you’re after an excellent value trip, something a bit different and a chance to escape crowds of British holidaymakers. It is also a great destination to tie in with a city break to the beautiful city of Krakow.

The country’s top resorts are mostly located around two hours to the south of Krakow in the picturesque mountains bordering the Czech Republic and Slovakia. Resorts such as Zakopane and Szczyrk are now increasingly attracting more foreign visitors, especially the latter where huge sums of money have been spent in recent years – it now arguably possesses one of the world’s most modern lift fleets.

Accommodation is good value, as is the food and drink, plus with lift passes costing a mere £20-25 a day, your money really goes a long way here. The locals are friendly and booking extras such as ski hire and instruction here will cost a fraction of what it would elsewhere – plus standards and quality are rising steadily.

Despite this, do remember that the ski industry here is only just emerging and the resorts are still small, with little to interest more advanced and expert skiers or snowboarders. Snow reliability can be an issue, especially early in the season and note that some of the infrastructure is still a bit rough around the edges and not always in great shape, but this is certainly changing.

Pros

Excellent value for money, on and off the slopes

Lots of recent investment has significantly improved resorts

Escape the crowds and experience a different ski culture

Great chance to tie in with a weekend in beautiful Krakow

Cons

Only a few resorts are big enough to warrant a multi-day trip

Still some aging infrastructure and creaky lifts

Snow reliability can be a problem on the lower slopes

Few international visitors still, but this is changing

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