It might sound strange to write about the best ski resorts in Romania in July, but that’s exactly what I’m going to do in a bid to maybe cool off a bit. And, of course, this should be extremely helpful for those who are preparing for their ski holiday in Romania early on.
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. I am going to share with you my experience of a few ski resorts that have made an impression on me – and are probably the best destinations for skiing in Romania.
And if you are to judge from the fact that Romania was the host of the European Youth Olympic Games in 2013, you have the proof that there are indeed some great destinations for those who love skiing! So let’s not waste any time and instead let’s check them out below!
This was the first ski resort I visited and as soon as you will be there, you will fall in love with it. 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.
Distance from Bucharest to the resort is 139 km; there is a train that helps you get there fast, on the Bucharest to Brasov line. I would actually recommend this route instead of driving a car since you could end up snowed in on the road, which is not fun…
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 skier.
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) Going up and down both costs 55 lei for adults (11.50 Euros) and 35 lei for children (7.50 Euros). When it comes to skiing, the prices are of around 30 Euros for a day pass for adults and around 22 Euros for children.
Having said that, the skiing itself is excellent, even though the prices are not very low in my opinion. 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).
2. Poiana Brasov
The most modern ski resort in Romania, Poiana Brasov is a really high quality ski resort with artificial snow available if the natural one is not enough.
With the longest ski slope in Romania (no less than 4.6 kilometers) and continued modernization, this 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.
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.
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 favourable. There are good road links from the major centers in the country, Bucharest being 573 km from the ski resort.
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. A one day ski pass will cost 36 euros for adults and 20 euros for children.
Included in the price of the ski pass is a free meal at the resort 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.
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.
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 popular 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 Anotimpuri or Pensiunea Regina during the winter.
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.
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.