Northeast of Bucharest in the Carpathian Range, the Poiana Brasov ski area has 12 runs totaling 25km served by 11 lifts accessing a maximum vertical drop of 2,500 feet. The slopes are equally divided by difficulty, though favoring beginners and intermediates.
This is the largest and best known resort in Romania, though it is often thin on snow. Even though they get over 28 feet of snow annually, there is usually not more that 15 inches of base.
When there is enough snow, there are plenty of off-piste routes through thickly gladed pine forest, such as Bears Forest. If you are looking for some decent freeriding, check out the glades in the Pistavarul region.
Poiana Brasov is surrounded by the following mountains: Postavarul 1799 m, Piatra Craiului 2238 m; Bucegi 2505 m; Piatra Mare 1848 m. You can do a lot of things within this surrounding, from easy one day trips in the nature to difficult mountaineering. You can find everytime local guides, who speak foreign languages.
In the majestic Carpathian natural stronghold, lying on a shyly extending plateau at the foot of the Postavarul Mountain, Poiana Brasov - The Sunny Glade - is a model of beauty. Located 12 km far from the Medieval town Brasov and over 1,020 m altitude, Poiana Brasov is nestled in a marvellous landscape offering the pleasure of its snowboarding tracks or of the wandering along the mountains sinous paths.
After a long day of snowboarding, make sure to try the apres ski scene at Coliba Haiducilor.
To reach the snowboarding at Poiana Brasov ski center from Bucharest, drive south for three hours. There are train connections that make it to Brasov, but it can take all day long. The town of Brasov is about 13km from the resort of Poiana Brasov. There are busses every half an hour from Brasov up to Poiana Brasov, or you can grab a taxi.
When snowboarding and freeriding internationally, it is important to get a travel insurance policy that covers emergency rescue, medical expense and evacuation. There are many destinations that will not initiate rescue or medical treatment without prior payment or proof of insurance. In many cases, the rescue fees, medical fees or evacuation to a reputable hospital can total tens of thousands of dollars. Plans such as GEOS SAR100 or IMG Patriot Travel Medical Insurance are well worth the per-trip cost of $130 to $200 USD.
Overall, Poiana Brasov Ski Area is the 1st most popular snowboard & freeride destination of all 3 snowboarding resorts in Romania.