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Bulgaria skiing

Bulgaria is a beautiful, thrilling place to visit on and off the slopes. Situated in Southeastern Europe between Romania and Turkey Bulgaria enjoy spectacular scenery and incredible skiing.

Ski resorts in Bulgaria

There are three main ski areas in Bulgaria: Borovets, Pamporovo and Bansko. There are many smaller resorts dotted throughout the country, including Vitosha and Chepelare. The Rila, Pirin, Rodope and Balkan mountain ranges are all home to a number of ski resorts.

Bulgaria enjoys on average about 150 to 200 centimetres of snow each year. Many of the ski resorts in Bulgaria are modern and use snowmaking machines to make up for any needed snowfall. The ski season runs from December to the end of April, mid-May in some resorts. Resorts in Bulgaria are friendly to both skiers and snowboarders and many also offer additional activities like Nordic skiing.

Bansko mountain resort features the most modern ski facilities, including a great selection of accommodations ranging from luxury hotels to more economic choices. You’ll find après ski action in the mountain’s village and a good choice of Bulgaria restaurants serving tasty traditional Bulgarian fare. Be sure to visit a local tavern to enjoy local food and beverages.

Bansko, located in the Pirin mountain range, receives the most snow out of all the Bulgarian ski resorts and also has the longest ski season, running until mid-May.

Snowboarders will love pulling tricks in the Balkan’s first terrain park at Bansko, and cross country skiers will find five kilometres of groomed trails as well.

Borovets is the oldest ski resort in Bulgaria, having been established in 1896. Borovets is larger than Bansko, has a higher vertical and arguably offers better nightlife with an excellent choice of restaurants, bars and discos. It receives great snowfall, though not as much as Bansko, between mid-December and April and offers ski runs for beginner, intermediate and advanced skiers and snowboarders. Borovets has also been home to the World Cup competitions and is closers to Sofia Airport than Bansko.

Pamporovo gets lots of sunshine, and lots of snow. This modern resort features a fun, yet challenging Giant Slalom for the more advanced skiers, while those less experienced will love the gentle terrain throughout the mountain. There are over 100 multilingual ski instructors on Pamporovo, making this an excellent family ski destination. You’ll also find lots of restaurants, accommodations and shops in the village.

Vitosha and Chepelare are the most popular smaller Bulgarian ski resorts. Both ski hills offer varied terrain for all skier and snowboarder levels, and Chepelare features lots of sunny bluebird ski days. It’s the first resort to offer wireless internet so you can show off your incredible skiing photos and videos to friends and family back home. Chepelare also has about 30 kilometres of Nordic ski runs for those who prefer the horizontal to the vertical.

Vitosha is the highest ski resort in Bulgaria and is only 10 kilometres from Sofia Airport. You’ll find fresh powder snow and a great choice of pubs, restaurants and spa to relax in after a day shredding the slopes. There are accommodations available here though you’ll find more variety in Sofia.

Don’t miss a chance to ski or snowboard in Bulgaria. You’ll find that while prices have risen since the country joined the European Union, costs are still lower than Western Europe. Public transportation is cheap and efficient if you choose not to bring your own vehicle or rent and foreign investment has brought about a lot of growth and modernization. The country holds a lot of charm, amazing skiing conditions, not to mention a number of great mountain resorts spotted all over the country. Bulgaria goes by the Cyrillic alphabet, which looks quite foreign but once you’ve learned a bit it will help you when traveling about the country. Be sure to check out the Black Sea while you’re here as well.

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