Set in the Carpathian Mountains in the heart of Transylvania, Poiana Brasov is one of the most popular ski resorts in Romania, as well as the largest and most luxurious – although still quite affordable. Completely modernized in the past five years, it offers snow cover from the middle of November to mid-March and features more than 24 kilometers of ski runs, with an emphasis on easy to intermediate runs. Transport up the mountain includes two aerial tramways, two chairlfits, five ski lifts, one gondola and one magic carpet. Lights on the lower slopes allow for skiing well into the evening.
Poiana Brasov is 14 kilometers from the center of medieval Brasov and tends to feel more like a small town than a ski resort. Several hotels and restaurants feature traditional Romanian cuisine and folk music. Other activities include swimming, horseback riding, cross country skiing and paragliding, as well as day trips to nearby attractions like Dracula’s Castle and Rasnov Fortress are great options.
To get to Poiana Brasov, first take the train from Bucharest to Brasov. Then, buses 20 and 100 run regularly between Brasov and Poiana Brasov. Once in town, nearly everything is within walking distance, though minibuses are also available to shuttle visitors from their hotels to the base of the ski runs.