Ski holidays in Bulgaria: Snow up your life!
Where to go skiing in Bulgaria?The winter resorts in Bulgaria are located mainly in the high-reaching Pirin, Rila and Rhodope Mountains, stretching out to the gates of the country’s beautiful capital, Sofia. The highest peaks of the Pirin National Park rise up to 2,914 meters and provide a stunning view of the surrounding mountains, where skiing is not just scenic, but also a great experience.Another well-known ski area is Bansko, situated at the foot of the Pirin Mountains, with its 75 km of skiable pistes and 14 lifts. This area also developed into one of Eastern Europe’s most important and modern winter sports centres, where families, as well as athletic skiers, will get their money’s worth.
Moreover, you can find the popular ski resort, Borovets, located near the highest mountain in Bulgaria, the Musala Mountain (2,925 m). This ski resort is known as one of the oldest and most famous in the country, with admirable pistes as well as a unique natural landscape. A favourite with both tourists as well as local residents, this area offers 56 km of pistes and is therefore one of the largest ski areas in the region.With all that in mind, there is still even more to discover in Bulgaria’s ski destinations. For example, the great ski area of Pamporovo extends itself amongst a unique forested area with 63 kilometers of pistes that meet international standards. This ski resort is located in the Smolyan region, belonging to the Rhodope Mountains, and is one of the southernmost ski resorts in Europe.
Why book a ski holiday in Bulgaria?In Bulgaria, not only can you find many great ski areas, but you can also find a wide range of hotels with various standards and prices, a diverse selection of après ski facilities such as bars or traditional restaurants where you can fill your time with fun, and some of the country’s most famous spa resorts where you can simply kick back and relax. The mountains in Bulgaria are also surely worth mentioning, all of which equally impress with their tremendous variety of plant and animal species.
What is so special about skiing in Bulgaria?Bulgaria has a lot to offer: traditional houses and quaint alleys, rustic taverns with excellent cuisine, and modern, action-packed ski areas with guaranteed snow that can be found throughout the impressive mountain ranges in the country, such as the Rhodope or Pirin Mountains. All throughout history, different nations have inhabited the country, resulting in the unique culture that you will find today which includes a variety of tradition in trade, clothing factories and charming wood carvings.
There is simply something for everyone. A wonderful combination of tradition and modernity awaits you in Bulgaria.How long is it possible to ski in Bulgaria?The ski season in Bulgaria starts at the beginning of December and ends in May, so that on average, the season lasts approximately 130 days in both low and high mountain ranges.
Regions in Bulgaria
The Blagoevgrad region is found in Bulgaria's south western corner. The imposing Pirin mountains reach up to an altitude of 2,914 m and offer a fantastic view of the surrounding Pirin peaks. With numerous lakes, many waterfalls, hidden caves and peaceful forests, the mountains offer a diverse and unique landscape. Due to this beauty and distinctive features, Pirin is not only the largest and most attractive national park in Bulgaria; rather, it has also been declared a UNESCO world cultural heritage.
The Rhodopen are a forested mountain in South Bulgaria. Here you can find oak and maple forests as well as coniferous forests in the higher, western regions. Neighbouring mountains in the north are the Rila mountain, which is the highest in Bulgaria and the Pirin mountain in the south-west. The name Rhodopen means "Area of the red-brown river", as many rivers arise in the Rila mountain, which flow right across the country and finally into the black sea or the Agais. Different nations have settled down in the region, so that you can find a unique culture and various traditions at work.