The winter resorts of Bulgaria are a great choice for entertainment during the cold season. They offer very good conditions for sports, as well as many different ways of relaxing in the centers they have. In Bulgaria there are several winter resorts that attract tourists from all over the world every year. Traditionally, the winter season in resorts opens in early December and lasts until April. Even if there are no snow in these months, the big ski centers have snow facilities to ensure your pleasant holiday. The mountainous relief of the country allows you to experience your skiing fun on tracks with over 2600 m above sea level, which are in excellent condition and equipped with modern lifts and lifts. The most famous Bulgarian winter resorts are Pamporovo, Borovets and Bansko.
Pamporovo is 85 km away. from Plovdiv and is part of the majestic Rhodopes. It is situated at an altitude of 1,600 m above sea level and beside it stands Snezhanka peak, 1926 m high, which is part of the hundred national tourist sites. Most runs start from it and have different levels of difficulty. The resort also has lighter runways for beginners. In Pamporovo you can also practice cross-country skiing, for which trails of up to 37 km length have been adapted, as well as snowboarding at the half-track - the first built track of this type in Bulgaria.
Borovets is the largest winter resort in the country. It has an excellent base, cozy hotels and many entertainment options. It is situated in the Rila mountain at 1350 m above sea level, and over it stands out with its magnificence Mount Musala, 2925 m high. The ski slopes are ideally suited for skiing, biathlon and alpine skiing. As in other resorts, it also has modern machines for track and track maintenance. The mountain town has 1 cabin and 3 chair lifts as well as 14 lifts. Tourists have the opportunity to enroll in ski and snowboard lessons. And for those who have children, the resort offers a children's ski garden. Here you can also enjoy a snowmobile climbing on a snowmobile.
With modern ski slopes and very well maintained resort is Bansko. It is located in the Pirin mountain at 927 m above sea level and is 145 km. from Plovdiv. Bansko is a town where old Bulgarian buildings and traditions are perfectly blended with new and modern facilities. The slopes reach 2600 m above sea level, and to reach them (since they are 10 km away from the town), there is a lift in the resort that will take you there. Bansko offers to its visitors both skiing and steam sports, of course with an experienced paraglider and heli ski, where you will be transported by helicopter to the desirable place of descent. Snowboard lovers have built a very large snowboard park. During your stay in the city, do not miss to visit the local attractions such as the Neofit Rilski and Nikola Vaptsarov museum houses.
Only 6 km. from Bansko is the resort of Dobrinishte. Relatively smaller than the previous but also offering very good conditions for sports. It is 850 meters above sea level. It has a 5 km long run, which has two huts to accommodate. Because of its warm mineral springs, the village is also known as a balneological resort.
Among the hundred national tourist sites is the Vitosha mountain. Here there are wonderful conditions for practicing winter sports. The oldest in the country ski center "Aleko", at an altitude of 1800 meters, is located in this mountain. The Boyana Church, which is under the protection of UNESCO, is nestled inside the Vitosha Mountain.
The mountain was declared a natural park in 1934. Two reserves were created, with high waterfalls and deep caves.
One of the most attractive parts of Stara Planina is the Uzana locality, which is 20 km away. from Gabrovo. The largest runway here is 1300 meters long. In Uzana you can practice ski slalom and cross-country skiing. There are also schools where beginners are organized. The area and its surroundings is a suitable place for hiking, cycling and rock climbing.
Other winter resorts in Bulgaria, which are nice to visit are Parshevitsa, near Vratsa and Ledenika cave; Malyovitsa, whose slopes with their rock walls are the favorite of climbers; Chepelare, where one of the best alpine ski runs in the country is located.
Around all Bulgarian winter resorts there are many interesting sights that you can visit.