So the new issue of Bucharest In Your Pocket is done and dusted, and any readers with sharp eyes will notice immediately that it has a bit of a new look. Here’s the cover:
The biggest changes however have been inside the guide, which is now far easier to read (and use) than ever before. Designed entirely with our readers in mind, we have taken on board hundreds of comments we have received over the past few years to come up with a new format to make our guides more dynamic, streamlined and easier on the eye. With far less clutter than in past editions, we now emphasise the very best a city has to offer, while still ensuring that we point your way to all of those quirky, off-the-beaten track places you will not find in any other, lesser city guides.
There is also this issue a look at Sinaia, the closest ski resort to Bucharest (the train – when the wind is blowing in the right direction – can do the journey in as little as one hour 28 minutes these days).
Sinaia is not just the closest ski resort to Bucharest, it is also – we think – the best skiing in the country (when the weather and snow are decent). The routes from Cota 2000 back to Cota 1400 are particularly good.
This being Romania however, there are some huge caveats.
First and foremost, the weather is unpredictable to say the least. Almost all the skiing is above 1400 metres and the lifts are often closed by high winds. Then there is the problem of the lifts themselves. Although access to the skiing at Sinaia is now easier than ever (there is a cable-car, a gondola and three chairlifts) and (relatively) queue-free, two different companies operate the lifts. This therefore means that there is no lift pass covering the whole resort. If you intend to ski all Sinaia’s slopes, you will need to buy two ski passes: one at the gondola (costing 160 lei, children 130 lei) and one at the cable car (143 lei, children 94 lei). Madness, total madness, and a microcosm of the problems Romania still faces before it can call itself a top tourist destination.