Bansko is probably the most talked about of all the ski resorts in Bulgaria. It was once a small and attractive village of stone houses in the Pirin National Park. Now it is a subject to some of the most intensive development seen in Bulgaria. New high-capacity ski lifts were built in 2004 using latest Austrian technology. Its new infrastructure has given Bansko a real boost. The historic character of the town can be seen in the unique houses with tall pinewood gates and carved wood-ceilings.
The slopes offer runs for all types of skiers and suit both beginners and experts. The ski resorts offers state-of-the-art facilities and 80 km of slopes. A durable snow cover holds from December till April and floodlights facilitate the night skiing for the biggest enthusiasts.
Pamporovo ski resort is located in the southern part of Bulgaria in the heart of the Rhodope Mountains, near the border with Greece. Its main attractions are the good ski facilities and natural beauty together with the proximity of very picturesque villages with old stone houses. Somewhat more tarnished than modern Bansko, it is still a delightful place to ski, with stunning scenery.
With the highest peaks at around 1900 meters, the mountains are slightly less alpine than Bansko’s Pirin range. This reduces the ski season to around three months; however there are plenty of year-round tourism opportunities. The resort offers runs for all levels as well as three trails for cross-country skiing.
The picturesque resort of Borovets is located in the Rila Mountains and is one of the best-established winter resorts in southeast Europe. It is also the oldest ski resort in Bulgaria. It is only 70 km from the capital Sofia making it one of the most visited places by locals.
Borovets is an alpine-type resort and provides very good conditions for winter sports such as day and night skiing, snowboarding, cross-country skiing, ski jumping, biathlon and ski-doo.
There are ski runs for all levels designed with international markings and multilingual signs. The resort is a regular host of sports competitions. A new project called Super Borovets is under construction. It will include the development of new ski-racing tracks, lifts, a winter stadium, an aqua park, golf course, crafts complex and hotels to accommodate additional 10 000 beds.