Poiana Brasov Ski Resort
The only really internationally famous resort in the country for the past few decades giving most people the chance to ski in Romania was - and still is - Poiana Brasov, which as well as having the distinction of offering the very lowest prices of all 100+ resorts in the 20+ countries in the brochures of the big western European tour operators, had the additional tourist attractions of being close to the castle most associated with the Count Dracula story in Transylvania and the Carpathian mountains. Poiana Brasov is a winter sports resort, being an internationally renowned tourist attraction. It has many ski runs of various difficulty degrees, sports fields, a lake, shops, bars and restaurants. Accommodation is provided in luxury hotels, pensions, villas and chalets. Also, in Poiana Brasov there is an ambulance, fire and police station and a post office.
The most important ski slopes are:
- Sulinar-Intermediate, 2500 m;
- Kanzel- Intermediate, 350 m;
- Ruia- Advanced, 535 m;
- Sub teleferic- Advanced, 2200 m;
- Drumul Rosu-Beginner, 4752 m;
- Bradul-Beginner 465 m;
- Slalom Poiana-Intermediate, 575 m;
- Stadion-Beginner, 325 m;
- Lupului-Advanced, 3266 m;
The Bradul ski slope
- It is the most popular ski slope among beginners and the only one which is equipped with a nocturnal installation.
- It also has a ski-lift and it is often very crowded. Starting with the 2013-2014 winter season, the slope administrators want to design a special kids zone, equipped with a travelator.The slope has a total length of 465 metres and a maximum difference level of 80 metres.
The Drumul Rosu ski slope
- It is the longest ski slope in Romania, with an approximate length of 4752 metres and a maximum level difference of 650 metres. The slope has a low difficulty level and it has direct connections with almost all the other slopes in Poiana Brașov. Access to the slope is assured by: ‘The large cable-car’ and ‘the small cable-car’- from the ‘Kanzel’ slope, access is done to ‘Drumul Roșu’ slope in the cable-car station area.
- The gondola- assuring direct access to the slope.
The Sulinar ski slope
- This slope is dedicated to medium-skilled skiers, having a total length of 2500 metres and a maximum level difference of 650 metres. Access to the slope is assured by:
‘The large cable-car’ and ‘the small cable-car’- for access on the higher side of the slope, parting from the ‘Kanzel’ slope.
- The gondola- one heads to the ‘Drumul Roșu’ slope and goes on the ‘Sulinar’ slope in the lake area.
- From the ‘Sulinar’ slope, one can go back to ‘Drumul Roșu’ and can get to the base of the ‘Bradul’ slope, using the new connection made available since the extension that took place in 2010.
The Lupului ski slope
- It is a difficult slope, with a total length of 3266 metres and a maximum level difference of 765 metres. Access to the slope is assured by:
‘The large cable-car’- from the ‘Kanzel’ slope one heads to the arrival station of the gondola and then to the left to the ‘Lupului’ slope.
- ‘The small cable-car’- same route as the one described above The gondola- direct entrance on the slope, on the left of the gondola.
- One can also use the chairlift parting from the half of the ‘Drumul Roșu’ slope, or, if skiing is done only at the base of the slope, the ‘Lupului’ chairlift can be used.
The Kanzel ski slope
- It has a total length of 350 metres and it has ‘the large cable-car’ as a departure point, being the connection slope between the cable-car station and the other slopes of the resort.
The Ruia ski slope
- The ‘Ruia’ slope is one with a high difficulty level, dedicated to experienced skiers. Access to the slope is done directly from the gondola station or from the ‘Kanzel’ slope if ‘the large cable-car’ or ‘the small cable-car’ is used.
- ‘Ruia’ has a total length of 535 metres and a maximum level difference of 250 metres.
The Stadion ski slope
- It is the slope with the lowest difficulty level in Poiana Brașov , dedicated to children and first-time skiers or snowboarders. It is the ideal place to learn the basic moves and to practise ski-lift use. It has a total length of only 325 metres and a level difference of 30 metres.
- 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 their 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.
- 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.