We will try, in the next few lines, to explain the peculiarities of the abrupt Sinai in winter, to demolish myths, to clarify situations, to put the point on the history of history and to offer some advice and recommendations to those who have not yet discovered the magic this place.
The resort, considered to be a cradle of winter sports in Romania (from the royal skiing on Poiana Peleşului, at the beginning of the 20th century) boasts a complex but challenging ski area for skiers with a certain experience. It is the highest ski area in the country (2103 m alt., Furnica Peak) and this comes with a number of advantages and disadvantages that we will try to explain point by point.
The Alpine area is situated on the top of the mountain, at 2000 meters, on two valleys in Bucegi Plateau: Valea Dorului and Valea Soarelui. This is the highest area.
There are two chairlift installations here: the Valea Dorului Chairlift, with two seats and the new Soarelui Chairlift, with four seats (of the Sinaia Local Council, managed by Transport Urban Sinaia, a public company).
The two facilities serve seven intermediate-level ski slopes. Those aren't very difficult slopes, but they have a few steep slopes, which is why they are not recommended for the first ski lessons, which should ideally take place on a flat terrain.
The major advantage of the Alpine Zone, which gives the resort ski a great advantage, is the altitude. Temperatures are steady negative, the earth frosts faster and the snow layer is much better preserved until late in the spring. At the same time, alpine skiing is hard to match.
The downside? The same altitude and positioning of the mountain in the Romanian Plain (it sounds weird, but it's not like that). This causes wind in strong gusts, with varying directions. That's the top of the mountain. Thus, beyond the limit of 80km / h, skiing safely and within the comfort limit becomes almost impossible. That's because the wind is usually associated with extreme weather conditions and extremely dangerous for tourists. Such as snowstorm, which reduces visibility and increases the risk of mischief on the mountain.
The Abrupt area is between 2000 and 1400 and is the "cherry" on the Sinaia skiing cake.
And when we say that, we remember why it became popular in the last decade. Carp, Tîrle, Papagal and other skiing trails, unspoiled and steep (Carp is the steepest homologated slope in our country) have become, over time, the reason for which powder and freeride enthusiasts chose Sinaia as a playground.
Beyond the madness of the black trails, a real amusement park for the passionate, we also find the Summer Road, one of the most beautiful, longest and most important slopes of the city. The Summer Road starts at Cota 2000 and reaches, after a twisty turn and spectacular mountain scenery, at 1400. It is a medium-sized slope, over 3km long, with a 600-meter difference. It is the most accessible connection between the two points: Cota 2000 and Cota1400.
The abrupt area has three black slopes: Tarle, Papagal and the famous Carp, as well as a red slopes, Summer Road. Besides these there are other routes and routes, more or less known and used by the well-known audience. That we have come here, attention, the steep area is even steep, sprinkled with rocks, valleys, bluffs. There is also a risk of avalanches at certain times. We recommend increased attention on black trails and unmarked areas. The powder is very tempting, but the risks of injury are not the smallest. Especially if you are not familiar with the area.
There are two cable installations serving the section between Elevation 1400 and 2000, the Cable Car and the Carp Gondola. Also from 1400 there is an installation, a four-seater chair lift, uncovered, that leads to Saua Dorului/Variantă (about 1900 alt), operated mainly on busy days.
The Sub-alpine, forest area refers to the area below 1400.
It is representative of the New Slope (which is old, but so its name) with a length of 3 km and a difference of 400 meters. It is a low altitude, intermediate slope, easily accessible by Gondola 1 (1000-1400 km) and served by an artificial snow installation. Starts at 1400 and runs through the woods to Gondola 1. We also find the beginner's slope, served by a baby-ski facility.
Another route, unusual, but used since ancient times by the locals and those familiar with it, is the Old Road, starting at 1400, descending to the St. Anne's Hermitage and coming out, beside the old bobsled, right next to the Cabana Schiorilor, hanging out many years ago for the tasty tripe soup at the end of the day of skiing. It's a light drive that requires a lot of natural snow.
The forest area is served by the Telecabina 1, which slopes behind New Montana Hotel, in the city center and Gondola 1, which starts its route from the Furnica District, near the Serbian Taverna restaurant. Both arrive at Quadrant 1400. Here we find another feature: The New Pole stops at Cota 1000 at the Gondola 1 boarding station. From here, to get to the Cable Car on the skis, there must be a lot of snow on the streets, as there is no no skiing route to the city center, to the cable car station.