Skiing on the Oncești ski slope in Păltiniș near Sibiu

Skiing is for me an excuse to do some kind of sport during winter. I’m not particularly good at it, the main objective being not to fall 😋 So let’s say I’m at an intermediate level.

So far, until 2017, I’ve skied in several ski resorts which are close to home: Vârtop – ArieșeniȘureanuVidra – Transalpina and Straja. I’ve already wrote articles about some of these places but the best so far is Transalpina. Although it lacks proper road infrastructure, there are few accommodations available close to the ski slopes, there are few restaurants or apres-skies and few slopes this place is magical because it offers a stunning view over the Vidra Lake.

In Păltiniș, which is 18 km away from Sibiu, you’ll find the Oncești slope which we tested ourselves this year. For a few years now there are several shorter ski slopes just 3 km down the mountain called Arena Platos.

We didn’t stop at Arena Platos for two reasons: short slopes (the longest one is about 600 m long) and very crowded. So the best option for us was the older Oncești ski slope. Less crowded and a more relaxing place.
The road from Sibiu to the slopes is asphalted and cleared of snow. You can find accommodation in the Arena Platos area or near the Oncești slope but we preferred to stay in Sibiu right at the edge of the ASTRA Museum. Here we found accommodation easier and for less money. It will take you about 30 minutes to reach the ski slopes from Sibiu. There’s also a ski bus available from Sibiu.

The Oncești ski slope is 1400 m long, with a slope of 240 m and it’s very wide. You’ll reach the top using a chairlift for two persons which is pretty slow. It’s slow enough to leave you the time to admire the beautiful surroundings here in the Cindrel Mountains. This ski slope also has snow canons and you can ski until 7 PM since it’s illuminated.

Be careful when getting off the chairlift! The ground is flat and you have to push the chairlift in order to safely get away from it. Not very safe…
Close to the ski slope there’s free parking available and you can also leave the car on the side of the road since it’s very wide. You’ll find food and drinks in the restaurant at the bottom of the ski slope (image above) or at the panoramic apres-ski at the top of the ski slope.

You can rent ski equipment at the base of the ski slope. We liked it here because it was very relaxing, not so crowded. The ski slope itself has a medium difficulty and because it didn’t snow so much here in that period the slope was rough in the steeper areas. There should be no problems if fresh snow falls 😊

You can find information about prices, live webcams and other useful info on the Oncești Ski Slope website.

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