Poiana Brasov - Ski Resort and Snow Summary
Poiana Brasov - Ski Resort in Romanian Carpathians (1020m to 1770m)
The best known and internationally visited ski resort in Romania, close to Count Dracula's castle. Purpose built in the communist era to bring in hard currency with more pleasant apartment blocks than in many French resorts. 13km from the medieval town of Brasov.
Key Facts for Poiana Brasov
|3||Black Pistes (5km)|
|3||Red Pistes (5km)|
|4||Blue Pistes (12km)|
The Romanian ski resort of Poiana Brasov has direct access to 9 individual pistes, served by 11 ski lifts.
Ski Lift Capacity :- The 11 Ski Lifts of Poiana Brasov are able to uplift 5,954 skiers / snowboarders per hour.
Skiing in Poiana Brasov
With north west facing slopes and an average January temperature of - 5°C Poiana Brasov has a good snow record with cover usually lasting from December through to March. Its lift system consists of two main cable cars and an open gondola along with eight draglifts providing uplift of 7,000 per hour so queues are kept to a minimum. The highest point is Postavarul at a height of 1828m/6000ft with stunning panoramic views of the Transylvanian Mountains.
Most of the pistes are wide, wooded glades mostly suited to the novice and intermediates with plenty gentle slopes to boost confidence and improve on technique. Nursery areas on the lower slopes are floodlit well into the evening so keen beginners have even more time to practice. There is also a nursery area further up the mountain so beginners won't miss out on the spectacular scenery while they learn.
The ski school has over 120 instructors, most of whom speak English and have a good reputation for their friendly helpfulness. At the end of every week theres an organised ski school dinner and awards presentations followed by entertainment from the instructors in a real party atmosphere. After a week's instruction complete beginners should be able to manage the blue run down from Cristianu Mare.
The majority of the pistes are aimed at intermediates who have several long blue and red runs including a red which runs all the way from the summit of Cristianul Mare to the base of the mountain. Experts have two black runs including the tricky 3km Valea Lupului which can be very challenging depending on snow conditions. Cross-country skiers have a 3km prepared trail at the foot of the slopes.
Snowboarding in Poiana Brasov
The gentle slopes are ideal for beginners to master the basics of snowboarding or those wishing to improve on their technique but Poiana Brasov does not have a dedicated fun park and the more adventurous will have to rely on finding their own naturally formed jumps and bowls.
Poiana Brasov Aprés Ski
The apres ski centres mainly around the local hotels and bars with traditional Romanian folk music evenings, gypsy music and cabaret shows. Many of the restaurants have lively floor shows and gypsy musicians.
The Dacia restaurant is worth a visit to sample the wild boar. The Carpathian Stag in Brasov host a lively wine tasting evening in its ancient wine cellars followed by dinner and a folklore show.
There are excursions to Bran Castle, home of the legendary Dracula and it is even possible to stay there for a night.
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Poiana Brasov in brief
Poiana Brasov Ski Resort is:
Ok for Expert Skiers.
Good for Intermediate Skiers.
Very good for Beginners.
Ok for Snowboarding.
Poiana Brasov Season Dates
Open from : December 13, 2013.
Closes : March 30, 2014.
Usual opening - Mid Dec.
Usual closing - Late March.
NOTE:- Opening subject to Snow Conditions in Poiana Brasov.