One of the best ways to enjoy winter in Eastern Europe is to head to the Carpathian Mountains. Romania has a number of skiing resorts. Poiana Brasov is one of the most popular. Its skiing facilities are almost as good as in the Alps. The highest peak of the Postavaru mountains, being 1800 m high, often doesn't get enough snow, but there is always a plentitude of artificial snow. The Bușteni Skiing Area, another skiing resort, is considered to be one of the most challenging. Other skiing destinations in Romania include Azuga, just 135 kilometers from Bucharest, and Parang - best known for its availability of snow and wild ski slopes. Finally, if you think of yourself as a true professional consider Fagaras mountains, which require hiring a guide, but are a perfect spot for heliski. The season generally opens in December and closes in March, but check every resort's opening separately before you head out.