The dailystar newspaper ordered the Bulgarian ski resorts among the top five in Europe. The other countries in the prestigious ranking are the undisputed European leaders Austria, France, Italy and Switzerland.
A budget ski destination
Of course for many eurpeans, skiing in means the Alps and where they go back again and again. France, Switzerland, Austria and Italy are home to Europe’s best-known ski resorts, but they come with a premium price tag – which only seems to be getting higher.
So it’s no surprise skiers are abandoning the usual resorts and looking for better value in Eastern European. According to the English edition BULGARIA is a great option for those who want to experience a ski holiday on a budget.
How cheap is Bulgaria?
You can book a cheap ski package but it’s easy to choose your own flights and accommodation to build your own holiday. Once you get out to Bulgaria, prices are around a half to two-thirds of prices in the Alps.
- A nice studio in Pamporovo can cost less then €200 per person for the week, including transfers, an en-suite room and half-board with local wine.
- A six-day take lift passes costs €150
Еxcellent for beginner skiers
Skiing in the Bulgarian resorts is excellent for beginners and is marketed at them more than experts – they offer great value lessons, ski hire and lift passes.
The resorts here have English-speaking ski schools that cater for first-time skiers.
If you’re a first-timer wanting to give skiing a go or a family, if you want to make the most of your money or are just looking to experience a different culture and try something new, then Bulgaria’s definitely worth a trip.
Where can you ski in Bulgaria?
There are three main ski resorts in Bulgaria, plus a few smaller, less-developed ones.
A 1.5-hour transfer from Plovdiv – the sunniest Bulgarian mountain resort. Pamporovo is in the heart of Rhodope mountain at the foot of Snejanka peak (1926 m). Being more southerly means it gets a lot of sunshine but the pistes are limited so it’s best for beginners.
It’s a quieter, more family-friendly resort with some good ski schools. The ski slopes of the resort are safeguarded and maintained in a perfect condition.The ski runs are covered with snow throughout the whole skiing season.
Closest to Sofia is Borovets, the country’s oldest ski resort. The resort is only a 90 minutes from Sofia so you can easily combine a visit with a city break.
The climate in the resort is mild, with a lot of snow during the winter season. Borovets offers excellent conditions for winter sports ranging from alpine skiing, snowboarding and cross-country skiing to freestyle and free ride.
An hour further away is Bansko, with a mix of a UNESCO World Heritage-listed historic old town. It is an ancient town with extensive modern ski area which makes it Bulgaria’s top resort. After the exhausting day on the slopes, you can enjoy a cozy, delicious dinner in one of the numerous traditional Bulgarian restaurants located in the town of Bansko.