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Visitor reviews for Poiana Brasov Ski Resort
October 31, 2016
Mihai from Romania
I see that the latest review is from 2012, and quite a few thing had changed in the meanwhile.
In 2013 all slopes in Poiana were fitted with full artificial snow-making installations. There is also a new lake (water reservoir) up on the mountain on Ruia plateau. This season the municipality bought several more snow cannons.
Also, in 2013 most existing slopes were enlarged and new slopes were built, enlarging the ski area. Two new chair lifts (a 6 and a 4 seater) were also added to the ski resort.
All these upgrades make Poiana the most modern ski resort in Romania.
Last season, despite a very warm and dry winter, the slope administrators managed to keep most of the slopes open for most of the season.
Poiana Brasov Ratings
Overall: 3.8. Based on 15 votes and 17 reviews. Vote
(1) At least one overnight stop, (2) requires a whole day, (3) requires more than half a day – you may have time for a few turns (4) arrive by lunchtime and ski all afternoon, (5) there is a main airport within an hour of Poiana Brasov.
Public Transport: 4.0
(1) There are no buses or taxis to Poiana Brasov, (3) there are slow or infrequent buses / trains available, (5) getting to the resort is easy with frequent bus / train connections.
(1) An ugly resort in a bland setting, (3) average mountain views and resort, (5) a spectacular setting and a beautiful / historic resort town.
(1) No places to stay in/near Poiana Brasov, (3) a few places to stay in the resort, (5) a wide variety of accommodation suitable to suit all budgets.
Cheap Rooms: 3.9
(1) No budget accommodation available, (3) just one or two hostels so book ahead, (5) several cheap hostels and pensions available.
Luxury Hotels: 4.5
(1) No luxury accommodation available, (3) just one or two luxury hotels so book ahead, (5) several up-market hotels in Poiana Brasov.
Ski in/Ski out: 4.0
(1) The ski area is located far from any accommodation, (3) a free ski bus takes you to the ski area in a short trip, (5) Ski-in ski-out accommodation is available.
(1) There are no child care facilities at Poiana Brasov, (5) the resort has excellent child-care facilities including at least one reasonably priced creche.
(1) Occasionally gets enough snow for skiing, (2) is often closed due to a lack of snow, (3) occasionally suffers from a lack of snow, (4) rarely suffers from a lack of snow, (5) Poiana Brasov is snowsure even in the poorest seasons.
(1) Poiana Brasov relies entirely on natural snow, (3) there are just a few snow cannons, (5) there are snowmaking facilities on all pistes.
Snow Grooming: 4.1
(1) There are no snow groomers at Poiana Brasov, (3) occasionally some pistes are left ungroomed and in a poor state, (5) all the runs at Poiana Brasov are groomed daily.
(1) there is nowhere to ski when it is windy or visibility is bad and lifts often shut, (3) there are some trees for poor visibility but main lifts sometimes close, (5) Poiana Brasov is mostly in forest where you can ski in flat-light and windy days, lifts rarely close.
Nearby options: 3.0
(1) If snow conditions are poor at Poiana Brasov, it will be poor everywhere nearby, (3) there are good alternatives within an hours drive, (5) other locations on the same lift pass provide a rich variety of snowsure ski conditions.
Regional rating: 3.9
(1) Poiana Brasov usually has poor snow conditions compared to other resorts in region, (3) has average conditions for the region, (5) usually has the best snow conditions in the region.
Lift Staff: 3.9
(1) The staff at Poiana Brasov are rude or unhelpful, (5) lift staff at Poiana Brasov are pleasant, cheerful and eager to help.
(1) the resort is always busy and there are usually long lift queues, (3) it is quiet apart from occasional weekends and school holidays, (5) it is uncrowded and lift queues are very rare.
Ski Schools: 4.7
(1) No ski schools available, (2) one or two ski schools but local language only, (3) a few ski schools but book early for multi-lingual instructors, (4) plenty of ski schools and multi-lingual instructors available, (5) excellent ski schools with friendly multi-lingual ski instructors.
Hire and Repairs: 4.3
(1) Nothing can be sourced, not even ski-wax or ptex. (3) there are some ski shops but rentals need to be booked in advance, (5) good quality ski equipment can be purchased or hired and overnight repairs are possible.
Variety of pistes: 3.7
(1) The ski runs are featureless and unvaried, (3) the ski runs are varied but not extensive enough for a week, (5) Poiana Brasov has diverse and interesting pistes including forests and high alpine terrain.
(1) Beginners can only watch others ski and snowboard, (3) a few gentle slopes but beginners will get bored in less than a week, (3) Vast areas of gentle terrain.
(1) No intermediate terrain at Poiana Brasov, (3) intermediate skiers will get bored after a few days, (5) vast areas of cruising runs.
(1) Nothing for advanced skiers and snowboarders, (3) enough steep terrain for a few days with some good offpiste, (5) Enough steep terrain and offpiste areas to entertain advanced skiers for at least a week.
Snow Park: 2.0
(1) Not even a kicker at Poiana Brasov, (3) average sized park quite well looked after, (5) huge park area and expertly crafted pipes, jumps and boardercross trails.
(1) No off-piste worth mentioning, (2) off piste is out-of-bounds, (3) some varied offpiste that stays fresh for one or two days, (5) a vast array of off-piste routes that can stay untracked for several days.
(1) There is nowhere to go for cross-country skiing around Poiana Brasov, (3) there are some cross country trails available, (5) the area features many spectacular and well maintained cross-country trails.
(1) No designated luge or toboggan runs, (3) there are toboggan runs that open quite often, (5) Poiana Brasov has long and well maintained luge / toboggan facilities suitable for all ages.
Mountain Dining: 3.3
(1) Nowhere to buy food by the pistes, (3) some places to eat up on the mountain but they are often busy and expensive, (5) there is a variety of excellent mountain eateries right next to the slopes to suit all budgets.
(1) Bring your own food, there isn't even a shop. (5) A wide variety of places to eat and drink in the resort, from fast food to fancy restaurants.
(1) Nothing to do, not even a bar, (3) there are a few bars in the resort but nothing special, (5) clubs and bars stay open until very late and have a friendly atmosphere.
Other Sports: 3.6
(1) No sports facilities at all apart from ski lifts, (3) resort has just a small public swimming pool, (5) resort has all kinds of sports facilities, including a full-size swimming pool.
(1) Besides the snow and walking there is nothing to do here, (3) the non-skier will find things to do for few days but may become bored after a week, (5) the resort area is a fascinating place to visit, regardless of winter sports.
Winter Walks: 3.7
(1) Very limited walking and no snowshoe trails, (3) a couple of designated scenic walking/snowshoe trails, (5) extensive and diverse winter walking trails for all abilities.
Ski Pass Value: 3.9
(1) A 1 week ski pass is overpriced compared to the number of lifts available, (3) the ski pass is averagely priced and covers a reasonable number of lifts, (5) ski passes are excellent value for money and cover a lot of lifts spanning a big area.
Value (National): 3.9
(1) Overall, Poiana Brasov is one of the most expensive ski resorts in the country and not worth the money, (3) overall represents average value for money, (5) overall offers the best value resort in the country.
Value (Global): 4.4
(1) Overall, Poiana Brasov is one of the most expensive ski resorts in the world, (3) overall it offers pretty average value for money compared to resorts from other countries, (5) internationally the resort offers excellent value for money.
May 07, 2012
Will from United Kingdom
I went to Poiana in Jan 2012 and had a great time, I stayed in Brasov and got the bus up to the resort to snowboard. It was my first time SB but found the routes good for a beginner. The buses run every 15/30 mins, taxis are reasonable to, the people are very friendly and helpful. The food is also very good and there is lots to see around the town, the only bad thing I have to say is on a weekend it can get busy with people traveling from other places around the country to ski/SB. It's cheap to use the lifts compared to the Alps at 125 Ron for the day. Well worth a go.
December 12, 2009
Joyce Pomeroy from United Kingdom
In January I will be visiting Poiana Brasov for I think it is the 20th time !! Sometimes the snow is fabulous, sometimes it isn't quite as good. Always though I have enjoyed the most amazing holiday. The scenery takes my breath away, the people couldn't be more friendly and welcoming. Lots to do in the resort or in Brasov in the evenings. Strongly recommend a visit to hear Brasov Philamonic, usually Thursday evenings. Also great places to eat in the city.
February 15, 2009
Matthew from United Kingdom
Well it’s 2 O’clock in the morning on Sunday the 15th Feb 2009 and that’s me just got into my bed in Scotland after arriving at Manchester Airport after a week of prayer to the snow God of Romania to deliver snow to Poiana Brasov.
My prayers and that of the Thomas Cook Holiday makers were not unanswered. On arrival it was clear that snow at Poiana Brasov was non existent on the ground and the nursery slope near to the hotel resembled an ice rink coated with sugar as the snow cannons fought hard against the Romanian heat.
However, I was surprised to find that on top of the mountain it was not as bad as I had feared. It could at least be compared to a good day day in a Scottish resort e.g cold, icy, but enough snow to go around.
It was obvious, however, that the slopes had seen better days, with many runs being closed etc.
On Thursday the snow came with a purpose and kept going until I left with a heavy heart on Sat morning. I measured at least 25 inches of snow at the bottom and up to 3 feet at the top. This gave me the chance to ride my new Yukon 172 snowboard on powder through wooded runs and up the rooftops of chalets. I have never experienced powder this good in Andorra or Austria.
All runs were open when I left Poiana Brasov, including all the resort runs with only the long blue run being a little rocky.
I would recommend Brasov (Poiana Brasov) to anyone in the future and remember, even if there is no snow there is always Romanian women who are incredibly beautiful.
A single bus fair to Brasov, if bought in advance, is 3.5 Lei.
Don’t pay more than 30 Lei for a taxi after midnight from Brasov to Poiana Brasov. Some taxis will ask for 50 Lei.
Visit the nightlife such as Tequila bowling or Kasho.
January 20, 2009
Peter Cartwright from United Kingdom
I am an intermediate standard skier and have skied across the Alps. I booked a last minute deal to Poiana Brasov thinking this could be a disaster.
There was not much snow when I went. It was interesting plotting a course down the black run to avoid the rocks and trees. Hopefully my technique has improved.
I stayed in the Poiana hotel; the rooms are basic but clean.
The food was very good. Also included in the price of the holiday was a weeks tuition ski pass and all inclusive drinks from 16:00 to 23:30.
I think there is enough skiing to keep most people happy for a week (assuming there is snow). If not, you can have a good time socialising, getting merry and enjoying the local sites.
I will keep on checking the weather forecast, if they have a bucket load of snow and there is another last minute deal I would definitely go back again.
As a value for money holiday I would rate it higher than any of the alpine resorts I have skied in. If all you want to do is ski this may not be the resort for you. If skiing and socialising are your thing, give this place a go, it is well worth it.
P.s If you catch a bus in to Brasov, make certain you buy your ticket before getting on the bus and validate the ticket in the machine on the bus. If not, a £1 bus ride ends up costing £10 when the inspector fines.
January 27, 2008
Owen Yexley from United Kingdom
Just returned from Poiana Brasov.
I would heartily recommend this resort to beginners and low intermediates. The quality of the instruction is excellent and the nursery slope is separated from the main short slope.
Beginners soon move on to the more challenging slope, progressing in steps until they are able to take on the full slope using the button lift.
Conditions permitting, just about everyone will get to go up the mountain by the end of the week to ski down the picturesque blues and maybe even the reds!
The scenery is staggeringly beautiful if you are lucky enough to have snow, do not forget your camera!
We stayed at the hotel Bradul, part of the ANA hotel complex. the rooms were excellent, food good, service good.
All in all, fantastic value for money for your learn to ski or intemediate holiday.
December 23, 2007
Gary from United Kingdom
February this year will be my third year on the trot! That in its self, should speak volumes!..
I am taking my 2 boys (aged 10 and 8) for their second year! Last year was their first and taking them alone, I wanted to pick somewhere I knew they would be well looked after. I didn't want to be worrying about them when I wasn't around! Having been the previous year I had no doubt as to the level of care they would receive!
Elizabeth didn't take her eyes off them for a minute and WANTED to take them to lunch! Its all in the price!!
The hotels are more than adequate. The food good and plenty full! As is the free bar!!
The bit that really makes the holiday such great fun and fantastic value is the SKI SCHOOL! No wonder it is as highly rated as it is! You could not meet more genuine, friendly people! People who you realise, after a short time, are not out to make money out of you but genuinely enjoy what they do. "come and have a drink with us tonight" "we will get you back to the hotel".
If you book a trip they are happy to fit in your ski school round it so you don't miss any ski time!
Private lessons £10 per hour. I only booked 1 hour but it lasted 2. He said he had nothing on that afternoon!....
Negatives?? - well if you are an advanced skier, looking for lots of piste or want to brag about where you are going then it's not for you!
If you want a great time, fantastic value for money then it's definitely worth a go!
December 15, 2007
adrian from France
A friend of mine recommended this place not only for the beauty of the scenery but also for the surrounding areas. The Brasov break was nice when it came to slopes and scenery but it was amazing when it came to visiting the area. A must-do is visiting Sinaia, Busteni, Breaza and going to the 2000m plateau from Sinaia or Busteni. So if you want more than just a ski/snowboard trip I'd definately recommend this resort..
April 09, 2006
Paul Yates from United Kingdom
Has been the best ski holiday. Good snow, instructors, accomodation... going next year too.
Check out www.skispeo.home.ro
March 30, 2006
The Clarko's from United Kingdom
Fantastic ski holiday
Instructors excellent - Stefan and Suzanne both top draw
All Inclusive a bonus
Already booked for next year
Romanians are the friendliest people I have ever met.