Hello, I'm going to be somewhere in Central/Eastern Europe for January and my main goal is to do more snowboarding. I've heard there's good places in Slovakia and Romania, but I don't know which one to go to. Which one is better and which one is cheaper?
It would be easier to go to Slovakia since I don't need a visa (I need one for Romania), but if Romania is better AND cheaper then I shall make the effort :P
Cheers for any advice.
Brasov is pretty much the only place that you can ski or snowboard in Romania. It isn't all that great compared the Austrian Alps. Bring lots of warm clothes if you go, the lifts that I saw had no windshield.
I was in Slovakia (High Tatras) in August and thought it was amazing. Obviously I was only hiking but I can imagine that it would be a good place for winter sports too - plenty of apres ski, etc.
Just remember to wrap up warm - that part of the world can get very chilly!
i guess Romania is good for snowboarding. U coulc go to paltinis or something. Visit sites to view images such as http://www.rent-car-bucharest.ro http://www.carpatii.ro etc
Sloavkia is probably not recommeded for advanced skiers. I went to Donovaly and Jasna. It is a cheaper option than Austria etc but don't expect the same facilities. There is only only on big 'egg' lift at Jasna and that is the main ski resort for Slovakia. Also the lack of organisation is frustrating - lifts were often closed and people simply push in the queues wherever they like. There were also a lot of very bad skiers on slopes that were for more advanced skiers which made everything rather haphazard. It was still fun though and if you're looking to save money then everything is cheaper - hotel - ski pass - eating/drinking etc.