Travelling with a baby
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 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! 😉
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 ski Romania ?
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!