The best ski resorts in Romania, Oradea
Carpathian Mountains offer many places for ski, but for touring ski and extreme ski as well. Here are some of the most important ski stations that I can warmly recommend.
Straja is located in Vulcan Mountains (Meridional or Southern Carpathians), it is more like a village resort with great winter sports potential. Winter snow usually lasts until April in the area. You can get there by train traveling on the Timisoara – Simeria – Craiova route until Lupeni, where you have to switch to the chair lift. It can be reached by car as well driving along the DN66 from Petroseni to Lupeni.
Borsa (850 m alt.) resort is situated in Rodnei Mountains (Oriental or Eastern Carpathians) in Maramures County, a unique and beautiful area that has preserved its traditions and folklore. The slopes get to a 1200 – 1500 m elevation with a 50 m high natural ski jumping hill, which is unique in Europe. Early December snow here also lasts until April. You can get there taking the DN17 or DN18 road or by train until Viseu de Sus where you have to switch to the bus.
Stations in Prahova Valley, such as Poiana Brasov, Busteni, Predeal etc. are very crowded and quite expensive. There are other stations less known which are very beautiful and not that cluttered; some of these are Cavnic and Vatra Dornei in the Oriental or Eastern Carpathians. There are nice pensions everywhere, with always kind hosts and tasty traditional food.
You can practice touring ski and extreme ski in many mountains. For the first category the Apuseni, Parang, Retezat and Tarcu mountains are perfect; with 1800 – 2500 m heights these offer wild landscapes and nature in its entire splendor. Equipment and physical and technical training is very important for those who want to participate in such tours, weather can always change, winter the temperature can fall deep under 0° C and the wind might blow with 100km/h. The best setting for extreme ski is in Bucegi Mountains. Alpine valleys from here are really wild, you can ski until May or sometimes even June in the deep and shadowed valleys. There is a danger of avalanche in the middle of the winter so spring is the best season.
Fagaras Mountains, often called the Transylvanian Alps, offers possibilities for touring and extreme ski and even Heliski.
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Oradea is one of the most important social, cultural and economical centers in Romania. With a population of more than 200,000 - according to the 2002 census-, it is only the 10th largest Romanian town, but one of the most significant ones. Located in the North-Western part of the country, on the banks of the “Crişul Repede” river, the capital city of Bihor County is considered the gate towards the Central- and West European World. Moreover, Oradea is one of the leading tourist destinations in Romania, with the historical atmosphere its beautiful architecture conveys, with its famous spas and the excellent hiking possibilities... Read more »
Recent reviews for Oradea
My trip to Oradea - Jun 13, 2009, by MadSuh
I left Cluj with some sort of relieve. I did have a nice time there with grandad, but then it's still sometimes tiring to take care of a 96 year-old :) Anyway, I bought a first class InterCity ticket from Cluj to Orade, which is a 2 1/2... Read more »
Trasportation in Oradea - Apr 28, 2009, by erato
Oradea is a very nice town with many beautiful sights, however the local transportation is not the best. There are some newly bought Siemens trams but their lines do not cover the whole city. On the other hand taxis are affordable, they... Read more »
The best restaurants in Oradea - Apr 30, 2009, by erato
Oradea's medieval restaurant ‘Leonesse’, the first specifically medieval restaurant in Oradeaoffers a totally new alternative for gourmets and for those who are looking for a way to remark a special event. The two knights at the... Read more »
Da Vinci exhibiton in Oradea - Apr 30, 2009, by erato
Leonardo Da Vinci’s inventions resurrect in a small Transylvanian village. Lajos Antal lives in Hegykozkovacsi (Cauaceu in Romanian), a small village in Bihor County, Romania. He is a carpenter and woodcarver craftsman and for over... Read more »
What to know about the Dendrological Park of Oradea - Apr 13, 2009, by bruzli
Yesterday I took a visit to the newly Dendrological Park inaugurated last week by the Oradea City Hall. The park is situated in the north of Oradea Fortress and is open to the public since April 10. Because of it's location near the... Read more »
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