Bulgaria isn’t the first place that most skiers consider, but it’s full of absolutely beautiful places to ski, and best of all it’s incredibly good value for money. Whether you’re just starting out on the slopes and are unsure whether you’d enjoy a ski holiday, or just want to hit the piste on a shoestring budget, Bulgaria can be an excellent choice. Many of the ski resorts in Bulgaria have become much improved in many years, investing in better lifts and more comfortable accommodation, so here are a few ski areas you might want to visit.
Bansko is well-known among Bulgarians, but doesn’t really get much in the way of foreign visitors. It’s a shame because it really is one of the most beautiful resorts in Bulgaria, as well as being excellent value for money. You’ll enjoy cheap lift passes, as well as cheap lessons and ski hire, and new lifts have recently been installed to improve the skiing experience. There’s a long season too – from around mid-December to mid-May, so plenty of time to visit.
Beginners and intermediates will get the most out of Bansko, and it’s a friendly resort for those trying to improve their skills. There’s also an excellent snow park for snowboarders. Many of the resorts hotels are pretty new and modern, which means you enjoy excellent facilities, and accommodation is cheaper than the majority of European ski resorts, but just as luxurious. Après-ski is cheap and fun, with lots of traditional taverns, restaurants selling hearty cuisine, and a friendly, party atmosphere.
Borovets is surrounded by forests of large pine trees, and is a more modern resort that’s ideal for intermediate skis. Although it doesn’t really have that quaint, ski village look, it makes up for it in spectacular views over the Rila mountains. There’s an excellent ski school, and the entire resort offers good value for money, with cheap lift passes, and affordable luxury accommodation.
With about 58km of piste, Borovets rarely gets crowded, and winters are mild, but with good snow reliability. It’s not just skiers who flock to Borovets, but also snowboarders, cross country skiers, and ski jumpers come to enjoy the resort’s excellent facilities. The town is lively, with lots of shops, cafes, and restaurants, and the après-ski is a lot of fun. You’ll find unique entertainment such as Bulgarian folk nights, as well as taverns, inns, and a couple of discos that serve cheap drinks and open until the early morning.
Pamporovo is a great resort for beginners, as they offer some great value for money packages for those just starting out. The resort is sunny and beautiful, with about 270 days of sunshine a year, and is surrounded by forests of large spruce trees. There’s usually pretty decent snow, and snow-making machines for days when there’s not great coverage. The gentle, well maintained slopes are great for kids, and the resort has a family-friendly feel to it.
Pamporovo is one of Bulgaria’s ski resorts that has seen a lot of investment in new, reliable lifts, and the town is mostly modern with some upmarket hotels and ski chalets. The town under 2 hours from Plovdiv, Bulgaria’s second biggest city, and with budget airline flights and regular buses, it’s a great spot for cheap ski holidays.
Off the slopes, you can relax in thermal spa pools, enjoy traditional Bulgarian cuisine and folk nights, or try something different like dog sledding. Or simply head to the cosy pubs in town for some very reasonably priced drinks.
Bulgaria is a great place to strap on the skis, and there are resorts to suit all abilities. With excellent deals available, there’s never been a better time to book, before everyone discovers this hidden gem. Simply call Snowfinders on 01858 466888.