General information about skiing in Bulgaria
Over 30 % of Bulgaria
is made up of mountains. The beauty of its landscapes and the combination of mild winters, abundant snow, and a snow cover
that lasts till late spring offer marvelous opportunities for the development
of ski and mountain tourism in Bulgaria.
During the past few years the Bulgarian ski resorts have developed and
modernized fast and are now offering a high class service.
Situated at 1350m above sea level, on the northern slopes of
Mount Rila, the Borovets resort is located at
the foot of peak Moussala - the highest in the Balkans. It is an alpine resort,
providing excellent opportunities for a whole range of winter sports - from
alpine sports to cross-country skiing, ski-jumps and biathlon. Its biathlon
track is claimed to be one of the best in the world.
The well-known ski resort of Bansko is situated in the
foothills of one of the most beautiful mountains in Bulgaria - Pirin. It is known as
one of the crown jewels of Bulgarian tourism because it offers a unique
combination of excellent conditions for winter sports, (preserved) Bulgarian
traditions and culture, and a rich cultural and historic legacy. Although the character
of Pirin is predominantly alpine, there are runs and tracks for all levels of
skiers, from the novice to the expert. The two major ski regions of Bansko
- Chalin Valog (1100 - 1600m) and Shiligarnika (1700-2500m) - are situated
above Bansko town, on the northern slopes of the Pirin Mountain.
The modern ski resort of Pamporovo is situated at the foot
of the Sneianka Peak in the fairylike Rhodope Mountains.
It is a ski-centre for all categories of skiers and has excellent ski runs even
including a racing run for giant slalom, as well as a first class built-up ski
lift system. There is an international level ski-school too, with highly
qualified instructors. The ski runs of Pamporovo are of all difficulty levels
and most of them start from the top of Peak Snejanka.
The town of Chepelare
is situated 10 km away from Pamporovo and has its own ski centre. The two ski
tracks 'Mechi chal 1' and 'Mechi chal 2' are just 1 km from the town. The first
is 3200 meters long and 50 meters wide. The second - 'Mechi chal 2' is 5200 meters
long, 25 meters wide and is the longest ski track in Bulgaria.
Aleko resort on Mount
Vitosha is one of Bulgaria's highest ski resorts. For
skiers fond of mountain snow and steep slopes, the Wall - one of Vitosha's
main ski centers, offers numerous runs of various difficulty. Three chair lifts cover
a total length of 4500 m. Aleko ski centre has six ski runs all approved by the
International Ski Federation for international competitions. There are many
hotels and catering establishments. Vitoshe is just half an hour from the
capital, so you can stay at one of Sofia's
hotels and spend your days on the mountain.
Source: Ski Resorts in Europe 2010/2011, A Survey in
20 European Countries (http://ec.europa.eu/consumers/ecc/docs/ski_resorts_eu_2010-2011_en.pdf
Official Bulgarian Tourism: http://bulgariatravel.org/en/official_tourism_portal/