Ski Bulgaria Resorts: 3 Choices for Fun in the Balkan Snow!
There are several exciting locations to ski Bulgaria among its 110,994 square kilometer territory. The landscape is defined by mountainous regions that most notably include the Stara Planina (Balkan) and Rodopi mountain range as well as the Rila range which includes the highest peak in the Balkan region, Mt. Musala (2,925 m). For those seeking to ski Bulgaria, the Rila mountains are best choice. Spend some time researching the differences in the three primary Bulgaria ski resorts located in Borovets, Bansko, and Pamporovo to insure the best match of your skills and travel expectations to your ultimate destination choice.
Ski Borovets, Bulgaria's Largest And Most Developed Ski Resort
Bulgaria's largest and most developed ski resort, Borovets (also known as Borovec and Borovetz) has a history dating back to 1896. It is located on the northern slopes of the Musala ridge in the eastern part of the Rila Mountains, 1390 m above sea level.
Borovets is known for its healthy climate, with clear air that is free of pollutants, and with mild winters (usually 4.8º C) and massive amounts of beautiful snow. Borovets is located located only 72 km south of Sofia, the captial of Bulgaria (and its international airport). You will find a wide variety of hotels, vacation homes and villas to choose from for your lodging needs, as well as restaurants, discos and shops. Borosport operates excellent choice of pistes and lifts. The Gondola lift station at the resort is well organized and is surrounded by several ski and snowboard rental services.
For downhill skiers and snow boarders, Borovets offers 18 well kept and lift-equipped ski runs, totaling over 40 kilometers in length, descending from a high point of 2,560 meters above sea level, with a maximum vertical drop of 1,420 meters. The Borovets ski season runs from December through April with a snow cover of more than 1.5 meters. It also has snow guns for producing snow, and some slopes are illuminated for skiing at night.
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Borovets has a variety of beautiful ski slopes that are maintained to the highest standards. Ski runs are available for beginners, intermediates and advanced skiers, designed with international markings and multilingual signs. Borovets has twice hosted World Cup competitions in Alpine skiing, each resulting in further enhancement of its facilities. Borovets' biathlon track is one of the best in Europe. If you look at a map of the Borovets resort you will notice the elaborate ski slopes catered to for skiers of all levels and beautifully lit night slopes that can be enjoyed throughout the ski season.
Borovets also has one of the best known Bulgaria ski schools with more than 200 ski instructors who are fluent in English, French, German and Russian, and some with professional skiing backgrounds.
Pirin Mountains Bulgaria Ski Resort: Bansko
Located at the Glazne river at the northeastern bottom of the Pirin Mountains, Bansko is a traditional town that has recently developed into a superb Bulgaria ski center. 160 km south of Sofia, 60 km southeast of Blagoevgrad, Bansko is one of the biggest mountain resorts in Bulgaria with a long winter to take advantage of its modern, well developed skiing and sport facilities.
The resort offers 65 kilometers of marked ski runs for all skill levels and excellent ski instructors. The Pirin mountain has a predominately Alpine character with three peaks towering above 2900 m. However the slopes offer runs and tracks for all types of skiers, from novice to the experts, while the ski runs are maintained in excellent condition.
Having been a birth place to many national intellectuals and a witness of dramatic history during the centuries, Bansko is of special architectural and cultural value. There are several landmarks which are of great interest: Sveta Troitsa (The Holy Trinity) Church, the Monument of Paissii Hilendarski, the Neofit Rilski House Museum. This Bulgaria ski resort retains a mixture of old world charm and modernity and offers Alpine quality at Bulgarian prices.
Rhodopi Mountains Bulgaria Ski Resort: Pamporovo
Pamporovo is a sunny modern Bulgaria ski resort in the heart of the Rhodopi Mountain. Situated 1650 m above the sea level at the foot of Mt. Snejanka (1926 m), Pamporovo is 240 km from Sofia and 85 km from Plovdiv. Pamporovo has an excellent climate featuring a mild winter with about 120 sunny days during its ski season. This Bulgaria ski resort offers a gentle profile of the mountain with its rounded slopes and summits making Pamporovo well suited for beginners. There are, however, difficult ski runs like the Giant Slalom run which is an excellent for advanced skiers. Pamporovo offers recreational activities enjoyed by locals and tourists alike that include skiing, snowboarding, motor sledging, and ice skating.
Due to the Mediterranean influence the climate is mild with bracing air. Good snow-cover provides excellent skiing conditions from mid-December to mid-April. The Pamporovo resort offers sophisticated ski facilities and equipment, suitable for beginners to experts. The TV tower on Mount Snezhanka, starting point of many of the ski runs, has a cafe and an observation gallery giving a marvelous view of the Rhodope mountains and makes an important landmark for hikers.
Bulgaria Ski Resort Accommodations
Like any resort area, you'll find a variety of Borovets lodging choices. For those on a tighter budget, the Moura hotel (3 star), or the 4-star Rila Hotel may be what you're looking for. Looking for something more luxurious? Try the 5-star Festa Winter Palace. However, if you are looking for affordable luxury and privacy in an alpine atmosphere while still being close to ski lifts, mountain trails, stores, restaurants, and other Borovets attractions, your best choice of Bulgaria ski chalets is the 5-star Villa Stresov.
Villa Stresov was rebuilt in 1996 as a five-star luxury property by the Bulgarian-American family of Marianne Djidrova Nielsen, a granddaughter of the Stresovs, and Philip R. Nielsen, her husband, in its original Swiss style used 70 years earlier. Take a tour of the Villa online that includes several photo galleries (over 200 images) depicting not only the interior, exterior and grounds of the Villa, but also local Borovets-area attractions that include: 7 Rila Lakes, the Rila Monestary, Mount Musala, and much more.