Poiana Brasov Resort
Of the over 40 ski locations in Romania
, the most attractive
are those in the Prahova Valley and Poiana Brasov. Besides being
the most accessible, about 140-180 km from capital city Bucharest,
they are equipped with snow cannons and flood lighting and accommodation
facilities for all tastes and pockets.
Just 12km away from Brasov
in a glade surrounded by coniferous forests, at the foot of
you will find Romania's most famous skiing resort, Poiana Brasov.
It is referred to in ski directories all over the world, often
compared to other major resorts like Chamonix, Zakopane or
Cortina D'Ampezzo in terms of natural setting. The snow layer
lasts for about 120 days a year. It features great hotels
very modern winter sports facilities, 9 ski slopes. It is preferred
by some tourists because it is relatively inexpensive
compared to ski resorts in Italy, France, Germany, Switzerland
and other European states.
Founded in 1895, Poiana Brasov was first
a tourist district of Brasov
In 1906, Poiana was designated as a winter resort, and three
years later the first ski competition in Romania was
held here. In 1951 Poiana hosted The International Winter Games
for students. Nowadays the resort resembles more a town than
a ski resort with its luxurious hotels, fantastic apartments
It is located at about 1,312 yards (1,200
m) above sea level, at the foot of Postavaru
Peak - 1799m). It is surrounded by four mountains: the already
mentioned Postavaru, Piatra
(2,238 m), Bucegi
m) and Piatra
Poiana Brasov has a temperate-continental
climate. The transition between summer and winter occurs gradually
by the insertion of
spring and autumn. The average temperature in summer is 20
degrees C and in winter -4 degrees C, while the annual average
in the air is 75%. There is a snow cover of on average about
50-60 cm which lasts from the middle of November until the
end of March,
for about 120 days a year. However you can expect snowfalls
since the end of September.
| Flora and Fauna
The floral year starts at the beginning
of March with the colsfoot, the snowdrop and the pheasant's
eye. In July and August the slides
and the rock walls are turned into multicolored canvases by
the other plants in bloom: little lilies of the valley, pigeon
chins, bird's eye or yellow gentians. Autumn time is announced
by the swallow wort gentian. The forest of Poiana are home
to squirrels, foxes, bears, lynx.
in Poiana Brasov
is one of the most frequented resorts in Romania, mostly because
of its modern sports infrastructure,
skating ring, sport fields and riding centers. There is an
Olympic ski-track and 9 downhill
runs (the biggest number of ski slopes in the country) covering
over 20 km. One of the advantages of the resort is the artificial
snow making installation which enables the most passionate
skiers to practice their favorite sport from autumn until
attraction you will find here is the opportunity to ride in
a horse-drawn sleigh.
The ski area stretches along one side of the Postavaru Massif.
As Poiana Brasov is situated at an altitude of 1030 m, there
are ski slopes 4600 m long and covering a descent of 600 m.
The ski slopes of various difficulty degrees are equipped with
2 cable cars, one gondola and 8 ski lifts with a capacity of
7000 people per hour.
The most important slopes are:
Sulinar-Intermediate, 2441 m;
Kanzel- Intermediate, 350 m;
Ruia- Advanced, 540 m;
Sub teleferic- Advanced, 1000 m;
Drumul Rosu-Beginner, 3821 m;
Bradul-Beginner 458 m, 77;
Slalom Poiana-Intermediate, 575 m;
Stadion-Beginner, 300 m;
Lupului-Advanced, 2860 m;
Poiana Brasov is perfect for beginners.
The nursery slopes are wide and gentle and there is a plateau
at the top of the
mountain. The excellent English and German speaking ski instructors
make learning great fun, and normally there are about 10-12
people appointed to each class. At the end of the learning
week 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
skills as the blue runs are not too testing and not too crowded,
great for perfecting your parallel turn. Try the red runs that
take you over varied terrain. Please make the most of the excellent
ski school. 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 gentle slopes are ideal for learning,
and if you are an experienced boarder there are boards available
for hire too. There are also 9 km of marked runs for cross-country
Poiana Brasov is fun, lively and great
value for money. There is a wide range of bars
and discos to choose from,
open until late in the evening. There is also opportunity to
go swimming, horse riding and bowling. For an authentic Romanian
evening we recommended an evening spent at either "Sura
Dacilor (Dacian’s Shed) or "Coliba Haiducilor" (The
Outlaws Hut). Both restaurants have a lively atmosphere with
Romanian folk music and serve delicious and plentiful cuisine.
The Stâna Turistica is a sheepfold a couple of kilometres
away where groups are taken to enjoy fresh milk, cheese and
slabs of meat.
in Poiana Brasov
Poiana Brasov is an all-season resort. In summertime there
are several tourist paths, quite
well marked and beaten,
which lead to the summit, to Brasov
or towards Bucegi
, over Spinarea Calului ("the Horse's Back")
Ridge. At the entrance in the resort there is a horse-riding
are tennis courts, swimming-pools and many other leisure time
facilities to make your stay in Poiana as relaxing and pleasurable
There is a good selection of restaurants in the resort, serving
Romanian and international cuisine. Bars are lively and open
till late! There are a couple of discos and nightclubs too.
There are regular buses from Brasov to
Poiana Brasov (bus #20 every half-hour from Livada Postei,
by the Parc Central). They
have a standard price per journey. Tickets can be bought at
the RAT Bv kiosks.