Grab a Bargain: Hit the Slopes in Zakopane for Under £400
Is this Europe's cheapest ski holiday?
A ski or snowboard holiday offers the perfect balance between fresh alpine air, the satisfaction of learning (and nailing) a new sport and of course one hell of a party – which let’s face it, is very important.
Unfortunately for the majority of us, the cost is just too much to bear. So the dream is put at arms length until we get that promotion or for the day we win the lotto. Chances are, many will never get the opportunity to experience the feeling of cruising down the side of a mountain or mastering the art of dancing on a table in ski boots to the sounds of bad euro-pop. It’s sad, but very true - you’ve not lived until you go on a ski or snowboard holiday.
But fear not, always seeking to make our readers lives better, MPORA has spent several days researching Europe’s cheapest ski holiday and the good news is that we have come up with a totally affordable solution. And no, we are not going to suggest a dry slope in Derbyshire.
Instead we are offering you the chance to experience a snow covered, picture perfect village, a network of slopes that are perfect for beginners and beer for £1.60 a pop. Welcome to Zakopane, Poland’s most popular ski area. And the grand total for seven nights…£361.96. Not bad eh?!
Now this does not include food or drink but with beer as cheap as it is and the average meal out costing £8, with a self catering option available, your additional expenses will be minimal.
Now for the deets, here is the breakdown of what everything costs:
(Please note that for research purposes our prices are based on four people sharing from 15-22 March. Prices are accurate as per time of research.)
While the word Ryanair might make your skin crawl or initiate a gag reflex, you cannot fault Michael O’Leary when it comes to cheap as chips flights.
London Stansted to Krakow - £56.98 which includes all charges and taxes but does not include a checked in bag.
Krakow is really well connected by public transport. A high speed train will take you to the city centre in 20 minutes and costs just £2.20. From there you can get the Polski Bus to resort which costs £6.10 and takes approximately two hours.
Zakopane offers some really high quality accommodation at a fraction of what you would pay for the equivalent in Western Europe. Bigger groups can opt for picture perfect wooden chalets while there are an abundance of hotels and apartments for couples and smaller groups.
After some extensive research we reckon you get the best bang for your buck at Willa Pod Giewontem. At £51.75 for 7 nights accommodation it is a steal. And the best news? It is not a dump which is always a bonus.
In fact, it’s far from it. This picture perfect wooden chalet is super cosy and has been finished to a high standard throughout. It is a 1.5km walk from town but there is a restaurant just 200m away. There is also a fully equipped kitchen so if you really are looking after the pennies you can make packed lunches in the morning and take turns cooking up a storm in the evening.
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Go!Ski offers exceptional value when it comes to rental. And we definitely suggest renting as taking your own gear on that Ryanair flight will cost you an arm and a leg. Ski or snowboard, boots, poles and a helmet will cost you £48.13 for six days. Go!Ski will even deliver the equipment to your hotel.
Starting out it is always a good idea to get a couple of lessons. You will not only progress far quicker but your instructor will also act as a guide showing you the best spots on the mountain for your ability.
In addition to ski rental Go!Ski also offer good value lessons. They will pick you up from your hotel, drive you to the ski area that they deem to be the best on any given day and provide you with three hours of instruction per day for five days for £112.80.
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Unlike other ski areas, Zakopane has a number of small ski areas for which you can buy a lift pass by the day. In total there are seven areas offering 50 lifts. A day pass for each area costs approximately £14 per day. There is also the option to purchase your lift pass by the hour if you think you will not be spending full days on the slopes.