Poiana Brașov is the most popular ski resort in Romania, having a ski area which spreads across 80 hectares of land and a total of 24 kilometres of ski slopes of different difficulty. The resort hosted the European Youth Olympic Winter Festival (EYOWF) in 2013, in partnership with Râșnov, Predeal and Fundata. Poiana Brașov was voted the most accessible ski resort in Europe in 2008, by the website telegraph.co.uk
From an administrative point of view, Poiana Brașov is a district of Brașov city.
The first documentary attestation dates from 1427, but the first winter sports activities are mentioned in 1895. The first important competition held in Poiana Brașov was the ‘Academic Winter Games’ in 1951, while the most recent one was the European Youth Olympic Winter Festival in 2013.
The first cable car was built between Poiana Brașov and Postăvarul Peak, once the first moden hotel of the resort was opened. At present, there are over 50 hotels, villas and guest houses.
Poiana Brașov is located at approximately 8 kilometres from Brașov city and 10 kilometres from Râșnov city, being easily accessible on both routes. The resort is situated at an altitude of 1020 metres and it is surrounded by four mountains: Postăvaru (1799 m) Piatra Craiului (2238 metres), Bucegi (2505 metres) and Piatra Mare. Click here for detailed instructions on how to get to Poiana Brașov.
Poiana Brașov is one of the best resorts in Romania when it comes to winter sports. Ski lovers and snowboarding fans are offered 7 ski slopes, designed according to the highest standards, having snow cannons in order to maintain the snow layer.
For the ones who prefer sledges, there is a currently undevelopped area where they can have fun. The local authorities are to set a slope with four snowtubbing lines in the 2013-2014 season.