Visitor reviews for Drahobrat Ski Resort
March 06, 2015
Bjorn from Netherlands
I've been to Dragobrat last week (end Feb 2015). All in all, I liked it very much. Don't expect the Alps. There are 2 chair lifts, 6 longer T-bar lifts and a couple of learning lifts. The lifts are a little older, but not very slow (which is the case in Slavske). All lifts are connected with each other, but don't expect any map or signs! When the weather is good it's pretty clear how to go from one to another. Otherwise, just follow a local on good luck :) The main negative point about the lift system is all the different owners. They belong to hotels and for every lift you should buy a different pass. When they fix this, it would be much better. The slopes are prepared with a piste Bully every night. Again, not the quality, like the Alps, but acceptable. There are many safe possibilities to ski off-piste. There is more snow than anywhere in Ukraine, mainly because of the attitude. The highest peak, in Bukovel, is 1370m. And the bottom of the slopes, in Dragobrat, is 1340. We waited maybe 2 minutes for the lifts maximum. But we skied Monday-Friday off season. I heard it's busy during weekends and crazy from 30 Dec- 10 January.
Transport: You should go to the town of Yasinya first. From Kyiv there is a comfortable direct night train which leaves Kyiv at 4pm and arrives in Yasinya 10 am. From Ivano Frankivsk there are many (shared) taxis, minibus, big bus etc. The road from Yasinya to Dragobrat is really bad. Actually, there is no road. It's mud, snow, stones, ice... Please do not even think about driving the road yourself (or you are an experience 4x4 driver).
Dragobrat: There are many hotels, guesthouses and cafés in Dragobrat. It's good to book ahead. Prices are very acceptable, especially including dinner and breakfast. Most hotels are within a 5 minute walk to the slopes. Best place to stay is not far from Hotel Dragobrat. All lifts/slopes have one or more restaurants for a drink or lunch. And again, prices are, by western standard, very good. Try to get a fresh shaslik (pin with meat from the BBQ). Most people in the restaurants speak a few words of English. Knowing the cyrillic alphabet is a very good idea. But most people are very friendly and used to tourists. As long as you aren't Russian you will be fine! There is no bank of ATM in Dragobrat. So bring plenty of cash! I didn't see any money changer as well, but maybe the bigger hotels can help. Some accept cards (debit and credit).
Ski-Rent is not too good. The renting is per day. That means that you bring the equipment back at the end of the day and take your shoes before having a beer. That's the good part. Material is pretty old. When you have something comfortable they can make a reservation for the next day. As everywhere in UA you must leave your passport as a deposit. When I go there again I take my own ski boots! But maybe I was unlucky, because my friend had very good ski boots.
The atmosphere in the town is really good. Everybody comes there to ski/snowboard (and most are really good). Lots of young people. When I compare it to Bukovel, Dragobrat has a better atmosphere, nicer people, more relaxed. But less quality lifts and slopes than Bukovel. But much better than, for example, Slavske. A combination of a few days Dragobrat and few days Bukovel is a good option if you wanna ski in the beautiful Carpatian Mountains. Have fun!
Overall: 3.3. Based on 66 votes and 4 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 Drahobrat.
Public Transport: 3.0
(1) There are no buses or taxis to Drahobrat, (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 Drahobrat, (3) a few places to stay in the resort, (5) a wide variety of accommodation suitable to suit all budgets.
Cheap Rooms: 3.8
(1) No budget accommodation available, (3) just one or two hostels so book ahead, (5) several cheap hostels and pensions available.
Luxury Hotels: 3.1
(1) No luxury accommodation available, (3) just one or two luxury hotels so book ahead, (5) several up-market hotels in Drahobrat.
Ski in/Ski out: 4.7
(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 Drahobrat, (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) Drahobrat is snowsure even in the poorest seasons.
(1) Drahobrat relies entirely on natural snow, (3) there are just a few snow cannons, (5) there are snowmaking facilities on all pistes.
Snow Grooming: 3.5
(1) There are no snow groomers at Drahobrat, (3) occasionally some pistes are left ungroomed and in a poor state, (5) all the runs at Drahobrat 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) Drahobrat is mostly in forest where you can ski in flat-light and windy days, lifts rarely close.
Nearby options: 2.4
(1) If snow conditions are poor at Drahobrat, 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: 4.3
(1) Drahobrat 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 Drahobrat are rude or unhelpful, (5) lift staff at Drahobrat 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: 3.3
(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: 3.2
(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: 4.3
(1) The ski runs are featureless and unvaried, (3) the ski runs are varied but not extensive enough for a week, (5) Drahobrat 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 Drahobrat, (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: 1.8
(1) Not even a kicker at Drahobrat, (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 Drahobrat, (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) Drahobrat has long and well maintained luge / toboggan facilities suitable for all ages.
Mountain Dining: 3.6
(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: 1.8
(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: 2.8
(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: 3.1
(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, Drahobrat 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): 3.8
(1) Overall, Drahobrat 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.
January 16, 2012
Mārcis from Latvia
Really not far from Bukovel and worth trying at least one time if you are considering skiing in Ukraine or are skiing in Bukovel. The off-piste or backcountry skiing is fun and interesting although it's not very steep or long like in some Alp places. If you like some of that type of skiing it's worth to stay there for some days. We didn't try this but there's possibility to lift higher with prepared groomer to 1883m height, we considered that there's no powder but ice because of big winds and the length of the off-piste slope from there will be only about 2km. There are not many slopes in Dragobrat and they are not so good made and prepared like in Bukovel so some "only piste lovers" or beginners may get bored after more than one day there. There are about three or four separate owners of ski lifts in Dragobrat so be prepared to buy different ski passes for each lift and that some ski lift may be closed if there are not many skiers.
Would recommend to go there by 4x4 because road to the resort is very poor. There is possibility to leave your car in private parking where the road to resort starts and get a 4x4 taxi which will get you to the resort and back for about 100-200UAH for 4 persons lift as locals told but it is possible that the local 4x4 taxi drivers may invent much bigger prices and ask some money for parking from foreign skiers as it was in our case. We considered that the best way is to leave our car in Yasinya center and take a 4x4 from there because it's no difference in price and leaving our car there seemed safer. If you are going up by local 4x4 taxi there is possibility to leave all your belongings in some of ski rents up there in resort.
Although we didn't try any accommodation it seemed that there are many guest houses, apartments and small hotels. The prices as we asked vary depending from the conditions starting from 150UAH for one room per night with two times eating. On mountain there is some cafes and mountain restaurants, the quality varies depending from prices but mostly they are about two times higher. It seemed that up in the resort except small hotels, houses and one sauna with 2x3m pool there's no other infrastructure.
The staff of ski lifts and cafes seemed friendly and helpful but of course they will speak only Ukrainian and maybe little Russian if you will look wealthy.
October 20, 2011
Irish Republican from Ukraine
The most extreme ski resort in Ukraine. The dangerous and steep "road" is shocking, but is the compulsory part of try extreme skiing. Although the infrastructure is very poor, it has been steadily improving for recent couple of years. But all drawbacks of unprepared slopes, ancient lifts and situation when you are completely cut off the civilized world is offset by formidable off-piste skiing. The area at the far right side in the trees is almost the best experience I've ever had. It is true, that many people don't find classic ski resort they expected for and dislike this place, but true extreme lovers will be in love with Dragobrat for many years. The beautiful nature and breathtaking landscapes are also crucial part of the true spirit you will never find anywhere.
December 20, 2010
WarGo from Ukraine
Prepare to be completely cut off from civilization at Drahobrat and to return to a couple of dozen years back in time; which means not only to get away from the modern crazy rush temp of life but unfortunately, lack of services and infastructure.
No shops, no restaurants, no nothing. Difficult and dangerous mountain road to get to. Outdated ski lifts (three in total). Pistes not groomed most of the time at all. Weather could (and does) change 3 times in a day - from sunshine to fog to blizzard.
But the nature is fantastic. Yes.