In wintertime, the best way to discover Romania’s mountains is through their lively ski slopes. Offering stunning views and a laidback vibe, each slope also invariably has a nearby place where you can share adventures over a glass of mulled wine, made from a local recipe. Here are the best ski slopes in Romania to check out this winter.
Poiana Braşov ski resort, practically a neighbourhood of the city of Braşov, is home to Drumul Roşu, the longest beginners’ ski slope in the Carpathians. Approximately 1,020 meters above sea level, it has a length of 5.6 kilometres and an elevation of 650 meters. The best thing about it? It is connected to almost all other slopes in the resort. You can reach it directly via a gondola lift or by cable car.
Pârtia Straja, where pârtie means slope, is found in the ski resort of the same name in Hunedoara county. Starting on Straja Peak, at 1,868 meters, it has a length of 8.1 kilometres and can be reached via gondola lift and cable car.
Unglamorously called Pârtia 1, the longest piste in Transalpina Ski Resort is 2.2 kilometres long and caters to intermediate level skiers. Starting at 1,850 meters, it goes down to 1,320 meters and on the way, offers stunning views over the Făgăraș and Parâng mountains.
One of the most popular mountain resorts in Romania in any season, Predeal is home to Clăbucet, the most famous ski slope in the country. Measuring two kilometres, the slope is reserved for intermediate level skiers.
Mogoșa slope is the most popular among the 12 ski slopes in Şuior montain resort, in Maramureş county. With a length of two kilometres, this intermediate level slope starts on the Mogoșa Peak, at 1,246 meters, and ends near the Fairies’ Lake.
Drumul de Vară, with a length of 2,971 meters, is the longest piste in Sinaia, a quaint mountain city with beautiful villas and home to the fabulous Peleș Castle. An intermediate level ski slope, it starts at 2,020 meters and descends up to 1,626.
Azuga, the up-and-coming mountain resort that kickstarts the skiing season on Prahova Valley, is home to Sorica slope. With a length of two kilometres, this intermediate level slope is great for escaping the crowds and spending a relaxed day on your skis.
Less than one hour away from Cluj-Napoca, Băișoara ski resort is a great destination for a one-day ski trip. Baişoara Mare, an intermediate level ski slope, has 1,200 meters and starts at an altitude of 1,500 meters.
This ski slope, known by its full name Pârtia Curba de nivel – Pilon 2- drum auto-Bâlea Cascadă, is the longest piste in the Carpathians. Recommended exclusively for expert skiers, it stretches over 14 kilometres and can be reached by cable car.
The Onceşti 1 ski slope is the most popular among those in Păltiniş, Sibiu County, the oldest ski resort in Romania. Catering to intermediate skiers, it is around one kilometre long and starts its descent at 1,440 meters.