Bâlea Lake (Romanian: Lacul Bâlea or Bâlea Lac, pronounced [ˈbɨle̯a]) is a glacier lake situated at 2,034 m of altitude in the Făgăraş Mountains, in central Romania, in Sibiu County. There are two chalets opened all the year round, a meteorological station and a mountain rescue (Salvamont) station. It is accessible by car on the Transfăgărăşan road during the summer, and the rest of the year by a cable car from the "Bâlea Cascadă" chalet.
In 2006, the first ice hotel in Eastern Europe was built in the vicinity of the lake
A spectacular ski area in the Fagaras Mountains, highest Romanian mountains, looking similarly to the Alps. The resort offers medium to advance natural slopes perfect for backcountry / off-piste skiing and snowboarding. Winter Season: November/December - May. Directions: It can be reached by car from Sibiu (65 km) up to Balea Lake, further on you'll have to take the cable car (runs 6 months of the year).
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