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Ski family holidays Romania & 7 reasons to go for it

Ski holidays for families with kids in school are quite a tricky business. For the last 3 winters, there was little snow at the end of December and at spring break, snow is far from ideal. That literally leaves 1 perfect opportunity window to all of us: February half term. Prices triple at 3 Vallees, Val d’Isere or Chamonix versus January and good places get sold out a year before. So how about ski family holidays Romania?

A good alternative destination to your classic slopes of France, Italy, Switzerland or Austria! My native Romania is not on the advanced skiers list but what lacks in number of slopes, perhaps can be compensated in local charm, autenticity as well as reasonable prices.

The flight to Bucharest takes little over 3 hours and the transfer to ski resorts like Sinaia is about 2- 3 hours traffic dependent or 3.5 – 5 hours for Poiana. You may even be in for a treat and spot on Romanian roads the good old way of travelling – carriages pulled by horses! 😉

Coliba, Poiana Brasov, Romania

 

As base for Sinaia we recomend Ioana hotel, we’ve been less than a year ago and wrote about in here. For Poiana Brasov, few good options and for parents with kids like ours in need of a kidsclub,  Ana hotel or Hotel Teleferic. Both have ski schools attached as well as spa facilities and restaurants – no need to go out for breakfast or dinner. If you are after a flat or self catering, check Hotel Alpin or Rizzo Boutique hotel. We stayed with Rizzo Boutique a couple of years ago and we wrote about in here.

For kids skiing: 5 half days on 1 green slope of Bradu and 1 red slope of Postavaru is a good option. Here is a short video of a 3.5 years old cheeky monkey skiing on Bradu slope.

For adults about 3 full days I’d say are enough: 2 blacks – Lupului and Sub-teleferic, 2 reds – Sulinaru & Rosu. As long as you manage expectations – this is not Italy, France or Austria afterall in terms of variety and numbers of slopes; you are relatively fine.

So why do we suggest Romania as ski destination?

1. Great value for money accommodation boutique style.

2. Friendly prices for ski classes, equipment and passes.

3. Rich mountain gastronomy and treats.

4. Fun options to skiing: iceskating or snowmobile. Or perhaps just licking icicles? 😉

5. Majestic Carpathians with stunning landscapes – horse riding in the forest or just trekking.

6.Tickle your imagination and see that touristy Dracula castle (a 30min drive from Poiana) or the Peles Castle at Sinaia (a stop on your way to or from Otopeni airport).

7. More urban fun – 13km away from Poiana, there’s Brasov: the Black Church, colourful houses on pedestrian cobbled streets and lively bars and restaurants waiting to be discovered.

In need of more insider tips to enjoy Romanian winter like a local? Here are my further tips:

Avoid the weekend on slopes, in the traffic or Bran – it will be packed. Best you spend Saturday and Sunday après skiing and at restaurants – all becomes happy and lively.  Spa, pool and massage eventually thereafter for a quicker recovery!

Country Kids
 

14 comments on “Ski family holidays Romania & 7 reasons to go for it

  1. dearmummyblog
    January 13, 2018

    We’d love to try our hand at skiing as we’ve never been, too expensive but Romania sound like a good alternative to France. Like the sound of visiting Dracula castle too, my folks would go for that! #CountryKids x

    • Zen Babytravel
      January 13, 2018

      Definitely worth considering half term Feb or peak dates! In many ways it’s enchanting and so different, many of the rural sides still so untouched but then hotels and everything else nice and still affordable! Do email me if you have specific questions and you’re booking soon! x

  2. Coombe Mill
    January 13, 2018

    I’ve never heard of skiing in Romania, I’ve visited in summer before many years ago and found the country fascinating, I suppose it makes sense they would have good ski conditions in winter. Your photos look wonderful and a fraction the price of the traditional resorts. A good tip about the weekends too, I could happily settle into Apres ski then.

    Thank you for sharing with me on #CountryKids

    • Zen Babytravel
      January 13, 2018

      Hehe Fiona, apres skiing is big in Romania, would love to show it to you ladies one day! Pleasure to link in as usual!

  3. I would love to take my children skiing and that place looks perfect

    • Zen Babytravel
      January 15, 2018

      Hope you get to skiing with the kids soon and do pm or tweet me if you have any questions – Romania or France related or just packing!

  4. I can’t ski but I’ve always fancied visiting countries with real snow anyway. Romania sounds like a beautiful country to explore and a great cheaper alternative. School holiday prices are a nightmare aren’t they #CountryKids

    • Zen Babytravel
      January 15, 2018

      Indeed Mary! hope you get to see Romania soon, also beautiful in the summer!

  5. Annabel
    January 14, 2018

    I’m a big fan of small ski resorts, I’ll have to try Romania’s slopes some time! #countrykids

    • Zen Babytravel
      January 15, 2018

      Hope you get to try soon Annabel!

  6. Karen (@wouldliketobe)
    January 14, 2018

    We want to take our girls skiing so great to get some advice

    • Zen Babytravel
      January 15, 2018

      Great to hear Karen, dont hesitate to pm or twee me if you have questions. We also have a packing list article, do shout if you need the link. Happy skiing, it’s the right topic to cheer us up on this #BlueMonday 😉

  7. Merlinda Little
    January 16, 2018

    what a picturesque place inside or outside! Looks like a lovely place to go and I wish we have snow! #countrykids

  8. Karen (Stopping At Two)
    January 16, 2018

    Looks like such a beautiful place. I haven’t done skiing since I was a teen but I would be really tempted to try it again. #countrykids

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