Ski and Snowboard Destinations: Zakopane, Poland

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Zakopane is a town rather than a resort, with a pretty river running alongside its bustling pedestrianised high street. There are four ski areas spread out around the mountains surrounding the town, but there is no area lift pass. Even inside the areas, it is often requisite to pay for each ride on each lift separately. The most Alpine of the zones is Kasprowy Wierch, a rocky crag accessed by a venerable 30-person, two-stage cable-car. As it can just move 180 people per hour, the queues look interminable, though it is possible to short-cut them by booking a time slot the day before. When you are at the top, two efficient chairlifts maximize two decent runs with interesting off-piste variants. The modern funicular on Gulbalowka is the best option for intermediates, though they will need nerves of steel for the high-speed chicane across the mid-mountain bridge. The hill has a half-pipe and night skiing, with the train running till 9pm.

Novices will find a wide stretch of nursery slopes at Nosal, but the main run is short, narrow, icy and unfriendly. Beginners would do better to graduate to Polana Szymoszkowa, which has two modern chairlifts, snowmaking and night skiing on flat, open pistes.

The luxury Belvedere Hotel, patronised by the Polish president, serves good food in the penthouse Pod Aniolem Restaurant and long night time driks in the subterranean U-Boot bar. The Litwor, centrally located and under the same ownership, is of a comparable standard though less ostentatiously opulent. The main street has a wide choice of bars, among them Seagrams Pub-Cafe where draft Guinness is served.

© 2012 Tip Writer

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