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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 ( )

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