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Best Places to Ski in Romania

By Joshua Wood, LPC

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Summary: Where are the best places to ski in Romania? We cover the best places to go skiing in Romania and highlight some family-friendly spots, places to eat and more.

As expats and digital nomads discover the beauty of Romania, they often seek out the best places to embrace the winter season. Romania offers a variety of ski areas that cater to all levels of skiers and snowboarders, from beginners to experts. Nestled in the Carpathian Mountains, these ski resorts provide not only great slopes but also stunning landscapes and a taste of Romanian culture. Here are some of the best ski areas in Romania that you should consider visiting during your stay.

Poiana Brasov

Ability Level: All ability levels.
Location: Near the city of Brasov in the Carpathian mountains.
Family Friendly: Yes

Poiana Brasov is the most popular ski resort in Romania and is well-suited for families and skiers of all levels. With its modern facilities, diverse range of slopes, and ski schools, it's an excellent choice for those looking to enjoy winter sports. The resort also offers a vibrant après-ski scene and plenty of non-skiing activities.

We Recommend: After a day on the slopes, visit 'Coliba Haiducilor', a traditional Romanian restaurant that offers a cozy atmosphere and delicious local cuisine.

Sinaia

Ability Level: Intermediate to expert.
Location: In the Prahova Valley, near the town of Sinaia.
Family Friendly: Yes

Sinaia, often referred to as the "Pearl of the Carpathians," is home to the Peles Castle and offers challenging ski runs that are more suited for experienced skiers. The resort has a regal atmosphere, with historical landmarks and beautiful mountain scenery. It's also family-friendly, with activities for children and beginners.

We Recommend: 'Restaurant Forest' in Sinaia is a great spot for enjoying local dishes with a modern twist, set in a charming woodland environment.

Predeal

Ability Level: Beginner to intermediate.
Location: Between the Bucegi and Postavaru Mountains.
Family Friendly: Yes

Predeal is the highest town in Romania and offers a variety of gentle slopes perfect for beginners and intermediate skiers. It's a great place for families and those who prefer a quieter ski experience. The town also provides good training facilities for those looking to improve their skills.

We Recommend: 'Cabana Vanatorilor' restaurant is a favorite among locals for its hearty mountain cuisine and rustic ambiance.

Straja

Ability Level: All ability levels.
Location: In the Vâlcan Mountains, near the town of Lupeni.
Family Friendly: Yes

Straja is a lesser-known gem with a friendly atmosphere and slopes for all skill levels. It's particularly good for families and those who want to avoid the crowds of the more popular resorts. The resort also boasts a good snow record and night skiing options.

We Recommend: 'La Cârciuma din B?trâni' offers a warm, traditional setting where you can enjoy Romanian specialties and local spirits.

Busteni

Ability Level: Intermediate to expert.
Location: In the Prahova Valley, near the Bucegi Mountains.
Family Friendly: Yes

Busteni is known for its dramatic scenery and challenging ski runs, making it a favorite among more adventurous skiers. The resort also offers opportunities for hiking and climbing, making it a great year-round destination for outdoor enthusiasts.

We Recommend: 'Casa Freya' is a boutique restaurant in Busteni that serves exquisite dishes with a focus on quality ingredients and elegant presentation.

Vatra Dornei

Ability Level: Beginner to intermediate.
Location: In the historical region of Bukovina.
Family Friendly: Yes

Vatra Dornei is a tranquil resort known for its thermal springs and family-friendly ski slopes. It's an ideal spot for beginners and those looking for a relaxing winter holiday combined with spa treatments.

We Recommend: 'Restaurantul Vân?torul' provides a cozy dining experience with a selection of traditional Romanian game dishes and a rustic atmosphere.

Azuga

Ability Level: Beginner to intermediate.
Location: In the Prahova Valley, between Busteni and Predeal.
Family Friendly: Yes

Azuga is appreciated for its well-maintained slopes and family-friendly environment. It's a great place for those who are learning to ski or snowboard, with several schools and gentle runs available.

We Recommend: 'Restaurant Hanul Haiducilor' in Azuga offers a warm ambiance and serves hearty Romanian fare, perfect for refueling after a day on the slopes.

Ranca

Ability Level: Beginner to intermediate.
Location: In the Parâng Mountains, part of the Southern Carpathians.
Family Friendly: Yes

Ranca is a growing ski resort with a friendly atmosphere and a good selection of slopes for less experienced skiers. The resort is also known for its beautiful panoramic views and is a great starting point for snowshoeing and winter hikes.

We Recommend: 'Cabana Ranca' offers traditional Romanian dishes with a view, making it a perfect spot to relax and enjoy the mountain scenery.

Whether you're a seasoned skier or a beginner, Romania's ski resorts offer a diverse range of options to suit all preferences. With their combination of great skiing, stunning landscapes, and cultural experiences, these destinations are sure to enhance your expat or digital nomad lifestyle in Romania.

About the Author

Joshua Wood Joshua Wood, LPC joined Expat Exchange in 2000 and serves as one of its Co-Presidents. He is also one of the Founders of Digital Nomad Exchange. Prior to Expat Exchange, Joshua worked for NBC Cable (MSNBC and CNBC Primetime). Joshua has a BA from Syracuse and a Master's in Clinical and Counseling Psychology from Fairleigh Dickinson University. Mr. Wood is also a licensed counselor and psychotherapist.

Some of Joshua's articles include Pros and Cons of Living in Portugal, 10 Best Places to Live in Ireland and Pros and Cons of Living in Uruguay. Connect with Joshua on LinkedIn.


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