VAGABOND SKI IN TRANSYLVANIA
Scarisoara Ice Cave -
the biggest ice cave in Eastern Europe
Cucurbata Mare Peak
- the highest peak of the Apuseni Mountains
Huda lui Papara Cave - do you remember the history of Pied Piper, the magic flute singer? It is believed that “Huda lui Papara” communicates with that cave in Germany in which Pied Piper hid the children from Hameln, Germany.
Horse sledge ride to the biggest glacier in Eastern Europe - enjoy lunch in a genuine peasant - “Motzesc” house with traditional homemade specialities.
Discover the beauty of the Transylvanian folklore - the delicious taste of the local cuisine during a folk show dinner in a special location.
Level and fitness:
the present tour is intended to tourists accustomed to mountain walking, who poses average skiing skills and are in good physical shape. The skiing routes will be of 15-25 km/day at an altitude difference of 500 – 800 m.
“Vagabond Ski” is a good choice for you if:
- you love adventure and your physical condition allows you to ski and walk about 8 or 9 hours/day with short breaks taken on the route, in the middle of the white nature
- you love spectacular mountain sights and enjoy picnic lunches in the middle of the nature at -5 – -20°C with a cup of hot tea made of pure snow.
- you enjoy exploring rural areas, getting acquainted with the locals and share a traditional lunch with them.
Here is how your program will look like:
You’re invited to enjoy winter at its best-welcome in a backcountry skiing program in Apuseni Mountains, one of the wildest areas in Romania. For the first three days you’ll stay in Baisoara Resort, located at the foot of “Muntele Mare” (the Big Mountain) - the third peak in height from Apuseni Mountains; a real winter paradise: impressive pine trees loaded with snow for quiet walks, joyful skiing or sledging tracks, not to mention the warm and welcoming atmosphere of a typical Transylvanian village, old peasant houses with rich wooden architecture in an interesting contrast with modern cabanas and villas.
In Baisoara Resort you’ll be tempted with some interesting skiing route of 10-15 km, at a level difference of 200-800 m, which will introduce you to the area. A fascinating highlight is the Natural Reservation “Scarita Belioara” with its interesting and intricate stone formations and the huge precipice, supposed to be a fairy citadel. The fascinating scenery of “Pietrele Marunte” (Small Stones – see by yourself just how small they are!) will charm you. A place full of mystery - Huda lui Papara Cave – do you remember the history of Pied Piper, the magic flute singer? It is believed that Huda lui Papară communicates with that cave in Germany in which Pied Piper hid the children from Hameln, Germany.
Your decent 2 star accommodation is situated at an altitude of 1380 m, on the top of a ridge, offering a truly breath-taking view over the entire area.
Your next destination is the traditional “Motzesc” village of Arieseni. You’ll accommodate in a 3 star facility. The skiing routes of 18-20 km, at a level difference of 500-800 m will lead you to the biggest glacier in Eastern Europe - Scarisoara Glacier. A real winter adventure – a horse sledge will carry you up to the ice cave! Be amazed by the biggest ground slide in Romania - Rusty Pit and conquer the highest peak of Apuseni Mountains - Cucurbata Mare (1847 m).
How about lunch in a genuine peasant house? Taste the usual lunch of a “motz” – your host will be more than glad to prepare something really traditional such as fresh cow cheese, “mamaliga” and bacon with onion.
The cuisine of this area is worthy of your attention: don’t miss the “balmosh” – traditional Transylvanian speciality - shepherds’ recipe and worm yourself with some boiled wine with cinnamon, Count Dracula himself recommends it! If you think you can manage, accept the locals’ invitation for a tzuica- Romanians’ water of fire – the winter recipe includes pepper, the tzuica is boiled and served quite hot! A special dinner with folk show will reveal the beauty of the Transylvanian folklore. A carpet of pine trees branches will be at your feet, delicious dishes on your table and good music for your ears!
Isn’t winter great?
Optional: snowboard or ATVs’ can be rented in Baisoara;
if you feel tired due to the touring ski we can provide you with the possibility of a relaxing day on a ski track fitted with teleski in Baisoara and Arieseni.
Price and Departure
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