Poiana Brasov – Romania’s Most Popular Ski Resort
Poiana Brasov is the most attractive ski resort in Romania and an important tourist center in the Prahova Valley. At about 150 Km from capital city Bucharest, just 12 km away from Brasov city, in a glade surrounded by coniferous forests, at the foot of the Postavaru Massif, you will find Romania’s most famous skiing resort, Poiana Brasov, and it is easily accessible by road. Poiana Brasov it is often compared to other major resorts like Chamonix, Zakopane or Cortina D’Ampezzo in terms of natural setting. The snow layer lasts for about 150 days a year. The resort is surrounded by four mountains: the already mentioned Postavaru, Piatra Craiului, Bucegi and Piatra Mare. The climate is temperate-continental in Poiana Brasov. The average temperature in summer is 20°C and in winter -5°C, and the annual average humidity in the air is 75%, making it a perfect for a perfect holiday.
The resort features great restaurants, two of the better known restaurants are Sura Dacilor (The Dacians’ Barn) and Coliba Haiducilor (The Outlaws’ Shack), very modern winter sports facilities, many ski slopes. It is preferred by some tourists because it is relatively inexpensive compared to other European ski resorts. Poiana Brasov is also renowned for the architectural landmark for its ancient monuments and buildings and facilities of a high level of interest. In fact, Poiana Brasov is put into a constellation of tourist resorts and cottages located along the Prahova and Timis Valley and the Bucegi Mountains, Garbovi, Piatra Mare and Piatra Craiului. For these mountains can make various excursions that allow visiting many tourist attractions. Accommodation is provided in good part in the luxury hotels of category A, in cottages and chalets.
Poiana Brasov is host to one nightclub, Capra Neagra (The Chamois), adjacent to a pizza place which plays a mixture of Europop and dance music. Poiana Brasov has 12 ski slopes with different degrees of difficulty: Bradul (it has an easy level of difficulty and is the only one who can ski at night), Kanzel (hard difficulty), Ruia (hard difficulty), Subteleferic (hard difficulty), Lupului (hard difficulty), and others. Beside great slopes, Poiana Brasov has sports fields, a lake, a gondola, gymnastic rooms and more.
Poiana Brasov is perfect for beginner skiers, because the slopes are wide and gentle. The ski instructors are speaking excellent English and German and that makes learning great fun, and normally there are about 10-12 people appointed to each class. After a week of learning to ski, most beginners can afford to ski at the blue run from the top of the Cristianu Mare all the way down to the village. This is also a good resort for intermediate skiers to improve their skills, but the advanced skiers will find skiing limited as there are only a few black runs.
Floodlights have been installed on the lower slopes so that you can enjoy your skiing until 9 o’clock in the evenings. For snow boarders, the wide and gentle slopes are ideal for learning too, and if you are an advanced boarder there are boards available for hire. There are also 9 km of marked runs for cross-country skiing.
Poiana Brasov is an all-season resort. In summer, when the average temperature is 20°C, the best way to spend a week-end is on an organized hiking tour through the woods in the surrounding mountains. If you want to spend your holidays in Romania, then Poiana Brasov is the best option, no matter if it’s winter or summer.