More than just Vampires, Romania has Ski Resorts

If you are headed for Transylvania, then try Poiana-Brasov, a stone's throw from Dracula's castle, where the runs are smooth and forgiving, and the winter is long.

Busteni is a cable car heaven, with all kinds of secrets at elevation, including a mountain-top cave Monastery. When it comes time to focus on your turns, take a look around at the locals, well-known exporters of racers and elite ski instructors.

Lastly, put Predeal on your map, a legit eastern Europe travel town to meet those in the know, plan an adventure, and get to know the culture.

Abruzzo, in central Italy is home to numerous resorts, and reports reliable snowfall. Perhaps now is a good time to try cross-country skiing, which the population are perhaps more passionate about - for this, head to Gran Sasso.