Most people who are interested in winter sports have probably visited or at least heard of the biggest Bulgarian winter tourism spots – Borovets, Bansko and Pamporovo.
But is this all there is?
Here are the 6 best winter resorts in Bulgaria that will impress you.
If you are struggling to think of other such places, look no further!
Bansko counts with 75 km of ski tracks, divided as follows: 35% suitable for beginners, 40% suitable for intermediate skiers/boarders and 25% for advanced skiers and boarders.
Almost all (80%) of the tracks are equipped with snow machines.
Also available are: cabin rope lift with capacity of 8 people per cabin; a 6-person chair lift, six 4-person chair lifts Dорреlmауеr, one 3-person chair lift Poma; 6 ski lifts and 10 children’s ski lifts.
Pamporovo is well equipped for winter sports and so it compels large crowds during the winter months.
However, the spectacular natural views draw people there in the summer as well.
Almost all ski tracks in the resort start from peak Snezhanka, at an altitude of between 1400 and 1926 m.
The tourist season starts in December and can last until the end of April. Snezhanka is one of the 100 National Tourist Sites of the Bulgarian Tourism Union. The stamp can be found in Studenets hut.
This resort offers individual and group ski and snowboard trainings with world-renown teachers.
In the warmer months, a specially designed cycle park offers avid riders over 20 km of marked bike routes with varying difficulty.
In regards to accommodation, Borovets has a lot to offer – from luxurious 5-star, spa hotels to tiny mountain huts and villas in the forest, equipped with sauna.
Dobrinishte is located in a strategic place in the Pirin Mountain and is often the starting point of walking and hiking routes.
East of the meadows there is a big swimming complex complete with pools with hot mineral water, children’s pools and sport equipment.
11km away from Dobrinishte you will find the Gotse Delchev hut (1412 m. altitude) from where you can catch the chair lift to Bezbog hut (2236 m). There is a ski track between the two huts.
Tourist routes lead up to the Tevno and Popovo lakes and the peak of Bezbog. The hike from Bezbog hut to the town of Melnik takes around 12 hours.
The Vitosha Natural Park is the first such establishment on the Balkan Peninsula and was created in 1934.
Together with the park, two reserves were created within its territory – Bistritsa and Turf reserves.
The former was later awarded the status of biosphere reserve and is one of the 16 such reserves in Bulgaria.
In Vitosha you can enjoy 14 ski tracks with different levels of difficulty, plus a cross-country skiing track with 3 km of length.
All the tracks are with exposition to the North and East and are located and an altitude of between 1510 and 2290 metres.
There are 2 ski centers in Vitosha – Aleko and the Konyarnika- Vetrovala. The Aleko ski center is located at an altitude of 1800 m, just below Cherni Vrah (Black Peak) and near the Aleko hut.
The skier may enjoy different amenities such as: a cabin lift, 4 chair lift, 5 stationary ski lifts, 2 children’s ski lifts, etc. At the Laleto-1 track even night-time riding is possible – from 6.30 – 10 pm every day.
Being so close to the city, Vitosha is easily accessible and you may as well finish your work day and in half an hour be skiing. Laleto-1 also counts with snow machines.
You can reach the Aleko ski center via two lift routes: the cabin lift on the line Simeonovo – Aleko hut or the chair rope lift line Dragalevtsi – Bay Krustui – Goli Vrah.
To reach Goli Vrah: from Hladilnika take the city bus line №93 to the first station of the chair lift in Dragalevtsi. Then take the chair lift to Goli Vrah.
To reach Aleko hut: 1) from Hladilnika take the city bus line №122 or 2) from the Darvenitsa bus station city bus line №123 to the first station of the cabin lift on the Simeonovo-Aleko line. From there take the lift to Aleko hut.
At a close distance to Chepelare you will find the Mechi Chal ski zone which is the longest and one of the best Alpine ski tracks in Bulgaria.
Between 2007 and 2009 large investments paved the way for Chepelare to become an independent ski center.
The resort offers 7 marked ski tracks and 5 ski roads. The tracks are located at between 1156 and 1870 m altitude and vary in difficulty from beginner to advanced. The longest track is 5292 m long.
The Chepelare ski center is equipped with snow machines and a modern 4-person chair lift. The lift has a capacity of 2000 people and can take you from Chepelare to Mechi Chal Peak in less than 10 minutes.