Best Ski Resorts in Romania [2023-2024 Winter Season Update]

Romania has some amazing ski resorts to offer travelers interested in various winter sports.

Today, I am here to share with you a list of the best ski resorts in the country, as well as all the details you need to know, including costs and how to get there.

Here is the list of the winter sports & ski resorts that we’re going to talk about:

  • Sinaia
  • Poiana Brasov
  • Straja
  • Suior
  • Predeal
  • Ranca

The best news is that all of these resorts in the Carpathian mountains are very close to the major cities in the country – Bucharest, Timisoara, Sibiu, Brasov (which is up in the mountains actually) and so on.

In other words – there’s no excuse not to visit!

So let’s not waste any time and instead let’s check out the best destinations for skiing in Romania.

1. Sinaia

This was the first ski resort I ever visited and I am sure that you will fall in love with it, just like I did.

Sinaia is set in the heart of the Carpathian Mountains in the Bucegi National Park. At its highest elevation, it reaches to 2000 m.

This area is rugged, remote and has some of the best views in the country in my opinion. Peles Castle is situated close to the ski resort, which adds an almost fairy-tale feel to the place.

It’s very close to Bucharest (just 139 km by train) and a 30-minute drive or train ride from Brasov. I actually recommend taking the train here, especially if you visit during the weekend, when the roads are usually packed.

Accommodation in the resort is plentiful. Prices range from very cheap, to very expensive, for those looking for luxury accommodation. If you were to ask me, choose between Hotel Regal or Ioana Hotel, depending on your budget.

Back to skiing in Sinaia, it’s worth mentioning that the resort caters for the beginner, medium, and experienced skier with its many different ski runs, including the demanding black runs for the very experienced ones.

There are 3 ski schools in the resort, 4 ski lifts, and 3 Gondolas. The Gondolas actually operate in two parts: one between 1000 – 1400 meters (Gondola Sinaia) and the second between 1,400 – 2,000 (Gondola Carp).

They have recently changed the pricing system, using cards that you load up with cash and gain points based on the amount spent. You can use these points for any of the ski lifts and gondolas.

Prices differ for adults, students (you need to be enrolled in a Romanian school to qualify) and children (5-12 years old). Kids under 5 get free access.

Here are some of prices this year for (make sure to double check here):

Points per cardPrice – AdultsPrice – SeniorsPrice – Children
24 points100 lei (€20)90 lei60 lei
60 points225 lei (€45)195 lei145 lei
120 points375 lei (€75.50)320 lei245 lei
300 points825 lei (€166)700 lei540 lei

You will spend 6 points each on using the Gondolas for a one way trip, as well as using the chairlift. The ski lift is 2 or 3 points.

Apart from that, expect to pay around 230 lei (€46) for a 1-day skipass as an adult or 150 lei for kids. A 3-day pass is 520 lei (€105) for adults.

Having said that, the skiing itself is excellent, even though the prices are not Romania-low, as you’d expect them to be. Actually, compared to the last season, prices have increased by 20%. Ouch!

Still, it is probably cheaper than in other parts of the world and you do get some high quality slopes to test your skills on (or learn how to ski, depending on your situation).

Sinaia is definitely one of my favorites and you can learn more about it in my article sharing the top things to do in Sinaia (besides skiing), as well as the best restaurants in Sinaia.

2. Poiana Brasov

The most modern winter destination in Romania, Poiana Brasov is a really high quality ski resort with artificial snow available if the natural one is not enough.

With the one of the longest ski slope in Romania (no less than 4.75 kilometers) and a total of 22.4 km of slopes, it is considered the best ski destination in Romania by many – and back in 2013 it was the place where the Alpine Skiing section of the European Youth Olympics took place.

Accommodation is easy to find as there are a ton of options available, but the prices are pretty high too for Eastern Europe.

However, the overall beauty of the place, the warmth of the Romanians as hosts and the beautiful slopes certainly worth every penny.

If you are looking for recommendations on my side, I think that the best choices for accommodation in Poiana Brasov are Hotel Crisalpin or Pension Pantheon.

However, the fact that this resort is so close to the city of Brasov (just 14km between them), it would also make sense to find something in Brasov and drive from there to Poiana for the day, or take a bus or even a taxi.

They also offer a points-based pricing system (other options available too – check here) and the prices for this season are as follows:

Points per cardPrice – AdultsPrice – Children
20 points100 lei (€20)50 lei
60 points250 lei (€50)135 lei
120 points410 lei (€82.50)235 lei
240 points720 lei (€145)390 lei

There are seven slopes available in Poiana Brasov, with difficulty levels ranging from very easy to expert:

  • Bradul: 430 m long, easy difficulty (85 meters level difference)
  • Kanzel: 350 m long, high difficulty (138 m level difference)
  • Lupului: 3,266 m long, high difficulty (775 m level difference)
  • Sulinar: 2,820 m long, medium difficulty (645 m level difference)
  • Ruia: 535 m long, high difficulty (198 m level difference)
  • Subteleferic: 2,200 m long, high difficulty (280 m level difference)
  • Drumul Rosu: 4,750 m long, easy difficulty (630 m level difference)

3. Straja

straja romania

A destination that grew tremendously over the years, Straja became one of the best ski resorts in the country after being practically unknown just several years ago.

With modern amenities available, as well as high quality services, Straja is definitely a place you should visit.

Located in the Hunedoara county, the biggest cities around it are Targu Jiu and Deva, while Sibiu and Ramnicu Valcea are still relatively close. But even though it’s not in your typical touristic spots, it’s worth the trouble getting there!

At an altitude of 1,400 meters in the Carpathian mountains, the resort offers 12 ski slopes spread over an impressive 26 kilometers.

Here is where you will find an amazing 8km-long slope, one of the longest in the country.

Where to stay in Straja? There are great pensions and hotels here, but I would recommend an amazing one that is the closest to the slopes. I’m talking about the Edelweiss Pension, which is truly amazing.

Prices are also more affordable here than in the top two recommendations. The ski pass is 150 lei (€30) for one day or 390 lei (€78.50) for three days.

4. Suior

This resort is situated in Maramures. Again, the scenery is spectacular with its forest-strewn mountains, with a beautiful vista across the valley when the weather conditions are favorable.

There are good road links from the major centers in the country, Bucharest being 573 km from the ski resort. But you’re much closer to Baia Mare or even Cluj Napoca.

The resort has ski runs that would suit the beginner and medium level skier. There are only 2 ski lifts which charge 3 euros for adults and 1 euro for children for a one-way trip.

A one day ski pass will cost 36 euros for adults and 20 euros for children. (Make sure to double check prices for your dates)

Included in the price of the ski pass is a free meal at the resort’s restaurant, which is a real bonus after a hard day’s skiing. There is 1 ski school and facilities to hire ski equipment if you require it.

I really enjoyed my skiing in this resort for a few factors: I could find accommodation of a high standard within my budget. The price of the daily ski pass is also a major factor in giving this resort serious consideration.

The best thing that I liked was the low key, uncomplicated layout of this resort. It’s really ideal for those beginning skiing but also offers the challenges for those at a more advanced level.

It’s also a bit off the beaten path so less crowded than most other recommendations on the list.

Yes, it’s not as easy to get here (realistically, foreigners will only have Cluj as an option) but it’s worth it if you’re looking for something cheap, good and not insanely crowded.

In terms of accommodation here, there are not a ton of options available unless you are ready to drive around a bit.

Still, you have great choices from Complex Turist Suior Cota 1000 (located next to the ski lift) or the recently opened and really high quality Arts and Crafts Guesthouse.

5. Predeal

We’re going back to the Bucharest / Brasov area for one of the most popular mountain resorts in the country, all year long: Predeal.

Although this is usually more crowded than the other places due to its popularity, it is so for all the right reasons: it’s beautiful, it’s cheap and it offers great slopes for skiing!

We’re talking about a total of 6 slopes of varying difficulty levels: beginners, intermediate and experts. A total of 7.4 kilometers of slopes provide enough space for the thousands of tourists flocking the areas.

In terms of accommodation, you have a ton of options here. It’s difficult to pick the best places to recommend, since they’re all good, but I would go for Pensiunea Regina during the winter.

But you literally have tens of options, most of them of really high standards – but also at really high prices.

For example, a single ride up with the gondola is 10 Euros for adults, while a 1-day ski pass in Predeal is 230 lei (around 46 Euros). You can check out all the prices and options here.

6. Ranca

A relatively new resort, located in the Gorj county near the spectacular Transalpina road, Ranca is the resort with the longest ski season (starting sometime in September and lasting until May).

There are six slopes available right now (and one for sledding, for children) and although they are not yet as spectacular and long as some others on the list, they are improved on an yearly basis, so with each new visit, you will have a better experience.

Ranca is still a bit off the beaten path, so it won’t be as crowded as others, but still offers really high quality slopes and services, plus some amazing views thanks to the Transalpina road, one of the most spectacular and beautiful roads in the country – and probably in Europe.

It’s not really close to any of the top cities you generally know in Romania. The closest popular tourist destination is Sibiu, with Ramnicu Valcea and Targu Jiu being other major cities close by.

There are many villas and pensions offering cheap accommodation options, but if you want my recommendations, look no further than Hotel Onix.

Also worth mentioning, maybe due for more details for the next season: Paltinis near Sibiu, and Busteni, nestled between Sinaia and Predeal.

Interesting tidbit about Romania’s ski resort offering

Even though not as famous as other countries in Europe when it comes to skiing, it should be noted that Romania was the host of the European Youth Olympic Games in 2013.

This means that you will find high quality slopes and snow here and also lower prices than in other better known winter destinations in Europe!

Romania’s natural beauty really adds something to the whole skiing experience, so you will surely fall in love with the slopes and recommended ski resorts in this article, as well as winter in Romania in general.


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With 33 ski resorts to choose from in the country, anyone planning to come to Romania for skiing has so many choices that it may be difficult to find your preferred location the first time round. But hopefully my list will help you do it!

Romania is definitely becoming a rising star in the market for those seeking excitement and good value for money from their skiing holidays. So these low prices might not last – make sure to take advantage of them now!

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4 thoughts on “Best Ski Resorts in Romania [2023-2024 Winter Season Update]”

  1. Hi,

    I am due to visit Romania towards the end of October this year and I wanted to stay 1 night in Skii resort. I am a beginner in skiing and will be staying in Bucharest. I am wondering which resort is nearer to Bucharest and suitable for family with younger kid. Is October be a good a time for Skii season? If we book accommodation, is that included in skiing activity? What is the best transport from the Bucharest to the skii place? How much would this be?

    Hope to hear from you.

    Thank you

    • Late October might still be too early for ski season. Your best option would be to go to Brasov, and from there to the nearby ski resorts – but I really doubt that there will by any snow then, unfortunately. And to answer the accommodation question – usually the ski passes are not included in the price.

  2. I tried skiing once in Big Bear and l almost broke my foot. It was a comedy of errors. Now, l am too old in my opinion to try something like that. It’s so much easier to break a hip :-). I do, however like watching skiers from a lodge while drinking spiked coffee.

    • Haha, I totally get it! I have a friend who keeps going “skiing” with his friends, every winter for maybe 15 years now. But he never tried doing it.

      When I asked him once why he keeps going then, he told me: “Well, somebody has to stay in the cabin, drink mulled wine, and keep an eye on their belongings!”


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