Resort Profile
Set in the Carpathian Mountains just under 200km from Bucharest and a 20 minute drive from the town of Brasov, this is a purpose built 1950s slightly extended resort village enjoying a scenic pine forest location. The ski area is pretty small by European standards and is best suited to beginners and early intermediates. The resort is little more than a collection of hotels, restaurants and a sports centre.

Resort Statistics
Resort Height Resort Height 1020m
Top Station Altitude Top Station 1775m
Bottom Station Altitude Bottom Station 1020m
Vertical Descent Vertical Descent 755m
Drag Lifts Drag Lifts 5
Chair Lifts Chair lifts 0
High Capacity Lifts High Capacity 3
Resort Opens Opens Jan – march
Expert Rating Expert Rating 3
Intermediate Rating Intermediate Rating 6
Beginner Rating Beginner Rating 7
Apres-Ski Rating Apres-Ski Rating 6
Snow Reliability Snow Reliability 6

Mountain Info

By European standards the ski area is compact with just seven drag lifts, two cable-cars and a gondola, but there is some fair skiing and riding when conditions are good. There is no snow-making to speak of, so the lower beginners runs sometimes lack cover early and late season, but they are floodlit for night skiing. There is a gentle area just at the top of the main gondola. These open, easy slopes are served by a couple of drag lifts. Each of the three main series access lifts offer runs back to village level, which are suitable for intermediate skiers. The 3km long Valea Lupului run back to the base station level is the most difficult but there is an easier alternative. The ski school is reported to be excellent, with fluent English spoken by most instructors.

Accommodation & Apres Ski

The village offers a few decent hotels which are modestly priced. The Hotel Alpin has an indoor swimming pool. All rooms are en-suite and have satellite TV. The Bradul Hotel is right by the beginners slope and as well as en-suite rooms, also has small apartments. The 500 bed Ciucas Hotel, also has apartmens, is the resort’s largest and has a nightclub and ski hire. Apres ski is limited, cheap and pretty cheerful. Food is generally not very inspiring but cheap. Drink is also very cheap and there are usually plenty of visitors taking full advantage. The hotel bars and nightclubs are basically all there is, but they are usually busy enough with discos and live music aplenty, folklore shows. As well as swimming, skating sleigh rides and riding there is nearby Brasov. In Brasov the Carpathian Stag is worth a visit for a cultural evening with wine tasting and traditional food, and the Dacia restaurant is worth a visit for the wild boar. A half-day trip to Dracula’s castle is available locally.