If you are about to book your ski vacation place or weekend destination you are probably looking for a nice inexpensive spot up in the mountains covered with thick layer of snow, with good food, cozy hotels to stay and probably some relaxing SPA opportunities. And this is where your google search leads you to Bulgaria.
Located in the heart of the Balkans Bulgaria is a small country with excellent climate, easy to reach ski resorts, cheap and delicious food and nice inexpensive hotels.
You may find a lot of spots in this small country with excellent conditions for ski. But there are a few of them that are most famous and of top European.
5 ski resorts to visit in Bulgaria
The names that are on the top list of Bulgarian best ski resorts are Borovets, Papmorovo, Chepelare, Bansko and Panichishte.
The largest and most popular of them are Bansko and Borovets.
That is the biggest international resort for mountains tourism in Bulgaria. It is located in Rila Mountain 70 kilometers away or 1 hour drive from Sofia. Its pistes are the highest in Bulgaria – at 2600 m height, 1350 above the sea level. Rila is one of the most impressive mountains in the country. The resort has 24 ski pistes of different slope and level of difficulty. Their total length is 58 kilometers.
Now, we come to the best of the best. Bansko is located in Pirin Mountain, just on the line with Rila Mountains, 160 km from Sofia. People find it a unique combination of a modern ski resort, ancient Bulgarian atmosphere and excellent mountain ski spot. Bansko has the longest ski pistes and richest history. It offers perfect ski and snowboard conditions, good infrastructure, and various hotels in Bansko resort at good prices that are available to book online. Tourists visiting Bansko may also enjoy excellent food. The resort is full of traditional restaurants (“mehana” in Bulgarian). The mountains here are Alpine type and the highest peak is at 2914 m. It is called Vihren. The town is 925 m above the sea level and the ski area is at the height of 2000 to 2600 m.
The ski season in one of the top 5 ski resorts to visit in Bulgaria starts December 15th and ends on May 15th.
The little mountain town is full of nice luxury SPA hotels and guest houses that offer excellent conditions, especially the new ones located close to the Gondola lift station.