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The best ski resorts in Romania, Oradea

 
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added on 13th of May, 2009

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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danpop wrote on Jun 7, 2009:
No Arieseni? I know it's not such a big ski track, but still ...
 
 
 
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An Oradea Travel Guide would be incomplete without mentioning its famous spas. All the public baths of the city welcomes its visitors with thermal water, and the famed spa B─âile Felix is a popular tourist attraction in itself. The thermal spa resort lies only 8 km from Oradea, being very easily accessible by car or bus. The thermal waters (20-48°C) of Felix, which are known for more than a millennium now, are considered to be of the best quality in Romania, being acclaimed for their effectiveness in curing rheumatic, neurological and also gynecological diseases, and the soothing action of muscular and articular aches is also well-known.... Read more »

 
 
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Recent reviews for Oradea

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 »

Another trip to Oradea - May 2, 2007, by MadSuh
Another trip to Romania and another trip away from good old Ravensburg. My trip was kind of weird, usually it's a no hassle quick trip as I take the airplane from Stuttgart or Munich to fly into Budapest and then a bus is waiting for me to... Read more »

Great food and the best clubs in Oradea - Apr 28, 2009, by erato
In terms of nightlife: you can start with a good dinner in Cyrano on the main street, Black Rose near the center on Avram Iancu street or Chicken House on Iuliu Maniu street. However the best Quattro Formaggi pizza what I ever ate can be... Read more »

Had a great time in Oradea - Jul 24, 2009, by asterix
Oradea is a really peaceful and beautiful city, a lot of old style buildings like churches and palaces (mosly Art Nouveua) in the center of it. It's interesting that, at the moment like half of the buildings are renovated and half are not,... Read more »

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 »

 
 

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