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Our Holiday :
This was my other halfs first ski trip (age 24) and my second trip (My first trip was when I was 16 and this gap was far too long!
We flew into Otopeni airport in Bucharest. The transfer was approx 3.5 hours. There are rumours of a new airport in Brasov to cut down transfer time but that could be an urban myth...
Lift System :
Two Gondolas, one of which is fairly new with the usual pomas on the mountain but no chairlifts. There are a few other resorts such as Sinaia within 30 minutes of Poiana.
There is a dedicated nursery slope next to the bottom of one of the Gondolas where all the instruction takes place. This is a good size for instuction and is well managed by the numerous instructors and lifties. The rest of the mountain is dominated by a number of red and blue runs which wind their way through the forest to the bottom of both gondalas. There are a small number of blacks but I can't comment on those
The Snow :
We went in March and it was spring snow, icy in the morning turning nicer then slushy in the afternoon. At lower levels the cover was patchy but this was the same for every resort in 2007
Did not sample and being my first trip since I was 16 its not something that even crossed my mind Embarassed .
The resort :
Small village with a few hotels. As you can imagine most people will eat and drink in those but there is a small nightclub and pizza place for the restless which are both very good value.
The pizza place is very good and the mountain restaurant provides decent food. There are also a few cafe places at the bottom of the gondolas which get busy at weekends.
All inclusive food, drink, ski hire and tuition. (A bargain for a first week skier). Very comfortable hotel with decent size rooms and it was kept very clean. As it was all-inclusive it had a chalet type feel where everyone got to know each other.
¬£380 each for one week with everything included.
Great for a first timer and improvers due to the cost but it may be limited for the more advanced skiers (although I can't comment on the off-piste). One thing I've not mentioned is the instruction. The group sizes are fairly small, the instruction is fantastic and you get the instructor for the whole day!!
Apart from the skiing you can pop into Brasov for some bargain basement shopping, they also run a few trips, one of which is a visit to Draculas castle which is certainly worth the relatively small cost.
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