"Zakopane is the Whistler of Poland when it comes to the size of the town, the restaurants, the discos and the numerous areas. "It's set in a gorgeous national park and big, Alpine-style mountains." Eric Bergeri, snowboard photographer.


Poland is lower in altitude than the Alps, with the result that snowfall tends to be less frequent and it doesn't stick around as long.

when to go

The seasons are the same as in Western Europe

off piste safety

You can generally go where you like, but make sure you're self-reliant as you can't expect the speedy rescue service you'd get in Switzerland or the US

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