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Poiana Brasov

Poiana Brasov Ski Resort Guide

Poiana Brasov, Romania

Rated: 3/5 (from 6 ratings)

Ski Area Highlights
Recommended ForIntermediates, Beginners, Snowfall and Apres-Ski!
Total Piste Length22km14 miles
Highest Lift1,770m5,807ft
Resort Height1,020m3,346ft
 Nearest AirportsBucharest Otopeni and Sibiu
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Poiana Brasov

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.

Summary

The Romanian ski resort of Poiana Brasov is in the Romanian Carpathians at an altitude of 1,020m3,346ft, with 22km14 miles of marked runs.

Poiana Brasov is one of the larger Ski Resorts in Romania and has direct access to 22km14 miles of downhill skiing, with 9 marked pistes, served by a total of 11 ski lifts.

Snow and Weather

When will it snow in Poiana Brasov?

The next notable snow forecast is 7cm3in, expected on 25 January, with around 19cm8in forecast over the next 7 days.

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Ski Area Stats

Poiana Brasov Ski Area

Piste and Lift Stats
Black Pistes
Expert Trails
 3 5km3 miles
Red Pistes
Intermediate Runs
 3 5km3 miles
Blue Pistes
Easy Trails
 4 12km7 miles
Green Pistes
Beginner Runs
 1 
Downhill
Total Length
22km14 miles
Ski Lifts
Number of Lifts
11

Altitudes

Poiana Brasov Ski Area Heights

Lift Heights and Resort Altitude
Highest Lift1,770m5,807ft
Lowest Piste1,020m3,346ft
Resort Altitude (Poiana Brasov)1,020m3,346ft
Max Vertical750m2,461ft

Ratings & Suitability

Ratings for Poiana Brasov
Intermediate Skiers
Beginners
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Poiana Brasov Overview

Purpose-built in the 1950's during Rumania's communist era, Poiana Brasov is Romania's premier ski resort. Situated in the Transylvanian region of the unspoilt Carpathian Mountains, it is located on a sheltered plateau amidst coniferous pine forests. Its name literally translates as in Brasov's clearing. Brasov (13km) is a medieval Saxon town with a rich cultural history but it's also significant in recent history because it was here in 1987 that Romania's people first publicly opposed their Communist leader Nicolae Ceausescu.

Most of Ceausescu's grandiose projects were expensive failures and his secret police kept the people under check with their vast network of informers. It was Ceausescu who decided to export Romania's food to pay off the country's mounting debts leaving his people to struggle to live with wage cuts, longer hours and rationing of basic foodstuffs. By the mid-80s meat was unobtainable in Romania and Ceausescu and his wife (his first deputy prime minister) lived in luxury while his people starved. The Brasov protest riots of 1987 were crushed but the late 80's brought the collapse of many communist regimes in eastern Europe and Ceasescu was finally executed by firing squad on Christmas Day 1989. Years of political unrest followed until 1996 when Emil Constantinescu leader of the reform-minded Democratic Convention of Romania was elected.

Since this reform Romania's economy has improved with falling inflation, improvements in social benefits and better relations with Hungary. His main achievement though has been in giving Romanians hope and more and more young Romanians are now choosing to stay in their homeland and make the most of their promised opportunities. Tourism is still in its infancy in Romania but the country is steeped in legend and culture and offers the tourist incredible value for money.

Poiana Brasov attracts visitors all year round. Its exceptionally pure ozonised air, free of dust and allergens combined with relatively low atmospheric pressure is reputed to give a feeling of well being and would explain why this is such is used by so many visitors as a health retreat. The country boasts more than 70 spa towns, many of them in attractive mountain settings.

Speleology, or caving, is a popular activitiy in Romania with over 11,000 caves throughout the country which can be visited without official permission. Emil Racovita, a remarkable Romanian, was a pioneer in the recognition of speleology as a science back in the early 1900s.

Transylvania is of course also famous for being the home of Bram Stoker's legendary Count Dracula, or Prince Vlad Tepes who was born in this area in 1431 and on whom the story was based. His real life home Bran Castle can easily be visited on a day trip, or there are rooms available for those wishing to spend the night!

With such emphasis on tourism, Romania's economy is improving and many of the outdated 60's and 70's style hotels are now being renovated and modernised. Poiana Brasov makes a good choice for a holiday base having superior accommodation and so many interesting places easily accessible.

Skiing

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.

Poiana Brasov offers good sking, particularly, for Intermediate and Beginner skiers.

Snowboarding

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.

Location and Map

Where is Poiana Brasov?

This ski resort is in the Romanian Carpathians in Poiana, Brașov.

Map

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How to get there

 By Air

The nearest airport to Poiana Brasov is Bucharest Otopeni, 135 minutes drive away.

Sibiu airport is also within three hours drive.

Infrastructure

Ski Lift Capacity

The 11 ski lifts are able to uplift 5,954 skiers and snowboarders every hour.

Season Dates

When is Poiana Brasov open?

We don't currently have confirmed season dates, but hope to soon.

Usual opening is mid December, and usual closing is Late March.

NOTE:- Ski area, lift and piste opening is subject to Current Snow Conditions.

COVID-19 / Coronavirus

We don't yet have specific details of the COVID-19 precautions being taken in Poiana Brasov, but they are likely to include most of the following :-

  • Face masks required on lifts, and in shops.
  • Social distancing in public areas.
  • Reduced lift capacity.
  • Extensive disinfection / sanitization.

French Ski Resort COVID-19 Measures describes further measures that may also be applied.

Visit the Poiana Brasov Tourist Office for the latest.

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.

Poiana Brasov