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Best Ski Resorts In Bulgaria: Fall In Love With Our Top 6

Published Mar 18, 2017

If you’re a winter sports enthusiast who loves finding the next adrenaline spike, then you surely are no stranger to Bulgaria’s best ski resorts and slopes. From Bansko to Vitosha mountain, here we bring to you our round-up of top ski resorts offering much more than a wonderful time of unforgettable ski adventures.

1.Pamporovo: the sunniest ski resort in the Balkans (from 59 USD)

Set amidst marvelous pine trees, Bulgaria’s top ski resort is ready to offer all skiers an incredible diversity of options to make the most of their long-desired fairy winter trip! Keep in mind that Pamporovo is actually said to be the “sunniest” ski resort among the greatest winter destinations on the Balkan peninsula.

Complemented by a fresh blanket of snow, Pamporovo offers considerably easy accessibility alongside well-maintained slopes and a prestigious ski school. Bulgaria’s top ski resort is believed to be simply perfect for first-time skiers who want to know more about ski adventures as well as other winter sports.

Why choose it: Need more reasons to choose Pamporovo? There is so much to do here besides hitting the ski slopes or practicing the diverse range of other winter sports. Once dusk starts creeping in, it’s time for you to stop by some of the best pubs and restaurants in the area, where you can taste mouth-watering Bulgarian dishes and beverages, such as banitsa, musaka or Bulgaria’s original yogurt.

Check hotel options:

Green Life Family Apartments Pamporovo

Address: Pamporovo, 4850 Pamporovo, Bulgaria (see map)

Price: from 59 USD

Contact: +359 2 962 65 70

Complex Kamelia

Address: Pamporovo, 4870 Pamporovo, Bulgaria (see map)

Price: from 59 USD

Contact: +359885 044 549

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2.Dobrinishte: find the best ski runs (from 79 USD)

Known as a world-recognized ski resort, Dobrinishte boasts numerous mineral springs and pristine nature along with perfectly maintained ski runs. Nestled at the foot of Pirin Mountain, Dobrinishte is located somewhat close to many other lovely Bulgarian provinces and towns that are absolutely worth visiting. Additionally, Dobrinishte is proud to have a wide variety of ski areas and slopes which are suitable for both first-time and seasoned skiers. While here, don’t forget to try the well-developed and maintained runs and the lift system which runs to the famous park zone called Bezbog.

Why choose it: Bulgaria’s top ski resort is only 165 km (102 miles) away from the capital, Sofia. Another prominent destination, Bansko, is also within a short distance, at 7 km (4 miles). Also, Dobrinishte ski resort works as a starting point for many hiking routes snaking their way up the Pirin Mountain.

Check hotel options:

Ruskovets Resort & Thermal SPA

Address: 1 Neznaen Voin Str., 2777 (see map)

Price: from 79 USD

Contact: +35988 999 0026

Guest House Tanya

Address: 2 Georgi Rakovski Str., 2777 Dobrinishte, Bulgaria (see map)

Price: from 18 USD

Contact: +35989 882 5544

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3.Vitosha: top resort for ski lovers and summer trekking (from 35 USD)

Located only a few km away from Sofia, Vitosha mountain provides excellent skiing conditions for all connoisseurs of skiing or summer trekking. Two ski centers are to be found here including a few ski schools for both beginners and more advanced skiers.

Note that some mountain chalets and hotels offer a limited set of facilities, hence the low pricing scheme. However, if you’re looking for a high-end hotel, we recommend that you do check some of the luxurious options in the region, such as 6aTo Hotel & Spa.

Why choose it: Mind that some of the largest skiing areas and slopes of Bulgaria are located here at Vitosha. The duration of the ski season is around 120 days as mild conditions invite skiers to a remarkable and unforgettable ski experience.

Check hotel options:

Family Hotel Saint George

Address: Sinio Lqto Str., Simeonovo Area, Vitosha District, 1000 Sofia, Bulgaria (see map)

Price: from 35 USD

Contact: +35988 248 3300

6aTo Hotel & Spa

Address: 308th Str. ( 8 Maty Bulgaria Str ), Dragalevtsi, Vitosha District, 1415 Sofia, Bulgaria (see map)

Price: from 46 USD

Contact: +35987 969 6696

4.Chepelare offers the longest ski run (from 24 USD)

This majestic mountain town is nestled in the embrace of the great Rhodopi mountain chain only 10 km (6 miles) from Pamporovo. Chepelare is believed to have the longest ski run in Bulgaria and the high-speed lift runs all the way up to the famous Mechi Chal peak. Also, there are a few other lifts operating for ski lovers and winter sports adventurers.

Why choose it: Regarded as a somewhat small ski and snowboard resort, Chepelare offers exclusive travel packages as well as many other extras to help you have the best time of your life. This cozy mountain town is enclosed by ancient fir forests and fresh snow cover and when the summer season hits, green meadows.

Check hotel options:

ApartHotel Vanaleks

Address: 50 m from Mechi Chal Lift Station , 4850 Chepelare, Bulgaria (see map)

Price: from 24 USD

Chepelare mountain rescue service: (+359) 309 58336; (+359) 1475

Contact: +35988 209 7655

Rhodopi Home Hotel & SPA - Winter Half Board

Address: 13-15 Perelik Str., 4850 Chepelare, Bulgaria (see map)

Price: from 41 USD

Contact: +359884 88 77 50

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5.Explore sophisticated Bansko (from 80 USD)

Regarded as an ancient town that features a wide range of modern ski slopes and areas, Bansko falls among the top ski resorts not only in Bulgaria but across the Balkans. Ultra modern and sophisticated, Bansko attracts flocks of international tourists coming from the country’s neighbors-namely Greece, Macedonia, Romania and Turkey.

Why choose it: The town is located in the Pirin Mountains near the borders of Macedonia and Greece. If you happen to go there on a clear day, you might be able to contemplate the magical scenery and views of the Aegean Sea.

Tip: Plan your long-awaited Balkan trip and book your accommodation earlier so as to take advantage of exclusive travel packages!

Check hotel options:

Lucky Bansko Aparthotel & SPA

Address: 4-10 Kir Blago Todev Str., 2770 Bansko, Bulgaria (see map)

Price: from 80 USD

Mountain rescue contact: (+359) 887 100 241, (+359) 88 1474, (+359) 749 8 8132.

Contact: + 359 879 111 222

Kempinski Hotel Grand Arena

Address: Pirin Street 96, 2770 Bansko, Bulgaria (see map)

Price: from 135 USD

Contact: +359 749 88888

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6.Discover the beauty of Borovets (from 105 USD)

Another prominent Bulgarian ski resort is Borovets, sitting at 1350 m (4429 ft) above sea level, the slopes of which are located at approximately 2600 m (8530 ft). Estimated as the highest ski resort across the whole Balkan peninsula, this eminent ski destination is somewhat easily reachable given its distance from Sofia is of no more than 70 km (43.5 miles). Borovets also serves as a great starting point for tourists who are eager to explore more of Bulgaria’s beauties and landmarks.

Why choose it: In a nutshell, Borovets offers simply wonderful skiing conditions and fresh snow alongside a lovely range of adventurous winter activities, such as night-skiing, cross-country skiing, ski-doo, ski jumps, biathlon, snowboarding and so much more.

While in the area, don’t miss out on the chance to take a walk in and around the small cozy town where you can enjoy the cute shops, luxurious hotels and bars and the fancy and traditional Bulgarian restaurants offering delicious cuisine and refined homemade wine.

Check hotel options:

The Lodge Hotel

Address: Borovets, 2010 Borovets, Bulgaria (see map)

Price: from 105 USD

Contact: +359 875 223398

Hotel Yastrebets Wellness & Spa

Address: Borovets, 2010 Borovets, Bulgaria (see map)

Price: from 70 USD

Contact: +359 885 706 771

See our full list of recommended Hotels in Bulgaria and also compare the prices with airbnbs in Bulgaria

What to expect

Bulgaria provides excellent conditions for practicing a wide variety of winter sports, such as skiing, snowboarding, night-skiing, cross-country skiing and promises a unique family vacation for all ski lovers.

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Marina Yoveva is a creative thinker, adventurer, and a poetry lover. In her spare time, she loves reading, writing on her personal blog and spending time with her family and friends. She's also a...Read more

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