Ski holidays in Romania are dominated by one resort – Poiana Brasov. A designated winter resort for more than 100 years, the ski holiday destination boasts 12 different ski and snowboarding runs and is great for those that are new to winter sports, boasting a warm and friendly atmosphere.
Romania’s leading ski area was purpose built in the centre of the country, not far from the reputed home of Count Dracula, during the socialist era. Poiana Brasov is, however, one of around 10 resorts in this Eastern European nation which borders the Black Sea. It offers rather limited facilities at a rather low altitude range by modern standards, but skiers who opt to give it a try do benefit from the lowest prices to be found in ski holidays anywhere. Beginners in particular will find a dedicated ski school offering professional service at bargain prices.
Despite the limited ski opportunities in Romania, the country has a long history as a ski destination, staging its first ski competitions a century ago in 1909. The Carpathian Mountain Range, for which the country is famous, makes about a third of the country mountainous, the highest peak Negiou (2548m), not far from Poiana Brasov.
The mountain Postavarul surrounds part of the resort, with the main snowboarding action taking place here. As well as beginner slopes and some more difficult runs, snowboarders can also head off-piste for a bigger challenge.
Beginners well catered for
When it comes to skiing, the audience to really benefit from ski holidays in Poiana Brasov are beginners. The resort claims that there are “few challenging runs” for the advanced skier, meaning there is plenty of slope space for those who still have plenty to learn on skis.
Nursery slopes are plentiful, with a gentle blue run that can be found between the main mountain and the beginners’ slopes.
When the lights go down, the skiing can continue, with the Bradul area offering what the resort calls “the best night skiing you ever had”.
Where to stay
A variety of options await for accommodation in Poiana Brasov:
Three-star and four-star accommodation is up for grabs, making your stay in the area warm, comfortable and relaxing.
There are a total of five bars, clubs and discos in the Poiana Brasov area, with four restaurants added to this to complete the après-ski opportunities. While not the biggest selection of any ski resort, the intimate atmosphere serves as a great introduction to the post-slope activities.