Bulgaria is now among the popular European destinations for winter tourism.
The country has several ski areas which offer excellent conditions for skiing, snowboarding, ski running and other winter sports.
How many kilometers ski slopes have in Bulgaria for Winter Sports ?
The total length of the ski slopes in Bulgaria exceeds 210 kilometers. The highest slopes have a height from 2,600 meters above the sea level, and the maximum displacement reaches 1,630 meters.
All ski runs are equipped with modern chair and cabin lifts, as well as tow lifts.
The modern facilities and the developed infrastructure of the complexes guarantee excellent conditions for sports throughout the active winter season.
The best conditions for winter sports are in the period from the beginning of December to April. Most major ski areas are equipped with snow facilities and guarantee the availability of a high quality snow cover.
Which are the most Popular destination for Winter Sports in Bulgaria ?
Bulgarian winter resorts have always been a popular destination for skiing and other winter sports.
The fascinating combination of great nature and modern sports facilities attract thousands of visitors every year; many international competitions are being held on the slopes of the Bulgarian winter resorts.
Bulgaria is considered as a paradise destination for skiing, snowboarding and extreme winter sports.
The ski area in Vitosha mountain is the closest one to the capital city – just one hour from downtown. The greatest variety of tracks here is available for intermediate and advanced skiers and snowboarders.
The ski center Aleko is the oldest one in Bulgaria. It is located at an altitude of 1,800 meters and its slopes are located on the northern slope of the mountain.
Bansko is one of the largest ski centers in the country. The resort is located in the Pirin mountain, 150 kilometers south of Sofia. The total length of ski runs is 75 kilometers, as the longest of them has a length of 16 kilometers.
Almost all tracks are equipped with working facilities for artificial snow, which produce a high quality, long lasting snow cover. The ski area has a runway equipped with lighting for night skiing.
Another great ski resort is Borovets – it is the oldest mountain resort in Bulgaria. It is situated at 1,300 meters above the sea level on the northern slopes of Rila Mountain, about 70 kilometers from Sofia city.
Borovets offers three ski areas – Sitnyakovo, Yastrebets and Markudzhik. Markudzhik is the highest of the three areas.
The Malyovitsa resort is located less than 80 kilometers from Sofia in the Rila Mountain, at the foot of peak Malyovitsa (2,729 meters above the sea level).
The ski center is located in the area of Mecha Polyana (Bear Meadow). It has three ski runs, with two tow lifts for children and three tow lifts for adults, two of which are dish-type and one is anchor type. The height of the ski runs start from altitude of 1,600 meters.
Pamporovo is the largest resort in the Rhodope mountains. It is located 260 kilometers from Sofia and 85 kilometers from Plovdiv. The altitude of the resort is 1,650 meters. Almost all runs in the resort start at peak Snezhanka. There are good conditions for beginners, as well as for advanced skiers.
Another popular winter resort is located near Pamporovo – Chepelare. Chepelare is a town with long history and traditions in the ski sports.
The ski center is located just after the end of the town, near the road to Pamporovo. The ski runs and ski paths of the center are 20 kilometers long.