THE LOWDOWN: SLOVAKIA
Getting there: Wizz Air (www.wizzair.com) fly from London Luton to Poprad-Tatry for as little as £34.98 return.
Where to stay: We stayed at The Dragon’s Lair (www. dragonslairjasna.co.uk), a chalet located between Jasná ski resort and the town of Liptovsk Mikulá , in the north of Slovakia.
Finding the trails: Jasna Adventures (www.jasna adventures.co.uk) can organise your holiday and show you around. Malinô Brdo bike park (www. bikepark.sk) is well worth a visit, 1km outside Ru omberok.
Budgeting: Despite being in the eurozone, Slovakia is still a relatively cheap destination. Food, beer and travel costs are all a good deal lower than in western European resorts.
Other activities: Liptovsk Mikulá o ers wakeboarding, rafting, high ropes, caving, a water park, tobogganing and hiking to keep you entertained o the bike.