Ski Holidays in Pamporovo
Pamporovo is situated high up in the Rhodopi mountains at the foot of Snejanka Peak (1926m). It’s a modern purpose built resort yet set within beautiful pine forests and is the sunniest of Bulgaria’s ski resorts with 270 days of sunshine a year.
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Skiing in Pamporovo
Its rounded slopes and summits this Bulgarian resort is ideal for beginners and intermediates. The ski area is connected to the resort village and its hotel via a shuttle bus service.
It’s pistes run down from its television tower at 1925m to 1450m. The 475m vertical descent isn’t huge compared to resorts in the Alps but for beginners and intermediates looking for a budget friendly holiday and snow reliability, then Pamporovo ticks these boxes.
Confident intermediates and advanced skiers will find a World Cup run and some interesting through-the-trees off piste but this is really a resort for beginner skiers and snowboarders who want to learn and progress. The main beginner’s run is the Tourist Track, a 4.2km long run from the peak to the base of the resort and its ski schools have an exceptional reputation at low prices.
The long greens and blues, as well as the nursery slopes down in the village are ideal for learning and progressing on. Ski instruction is of an extremely high standard and, because Bulgaria is so easy on the wallet, individual tuition can be very affordable. Many of the instructors also speak English fluently.
Although advanced and confident intermediates are limited to Pamporovo’s terrain, the Snezhanka 2 black or ‘The Wall’ is a good option.
Pamporovo also offers 38km of cross country ski trails as well as off piste terrain. Its two main cross country trails connects Studenetz and Mugla villages and the villages of Ardashla and Stoykite.
Freestylers can also enjoy the snowpark which includes a range of features and a half pipe, the first ever in Bulgaria!
Snow conditions in Pamporovo
Although Pamporovo is the sunniest Bulgarian mountain resort with 120 sunny days, the resort receives a reasonable amount of snowfall and the pistes are covered with snow throughout the whole skiing season that lasts from December to April. Moreover, its snow making capabilities cover the majority of its slopes to ensure snow conditions are at its best during the early and late season.
Après ski, restaurants and other activities in Pamporovo
The après-ski and nightlife in Pamporovo is quite lively and there are no places that look similar. The White Hart (between Hotel Perelik & Hotel Mourgavets) is a traditionally designed pub that has been reported as the party hot spot this winter. Other popular places are BJ's (inside Hotel Perelik), Dak's Bar (insidehotel Snejanka) and Night Flight (inside hotel Rojen) a new club, largest in Pamporovo.
The resort has a wide choice of restaurants such as local taverns like Chevermeto as well as pizza and pub food at The White Hart. Families and groups can rest assured there will be something for everyone.
Other activities that you can enjoy on ski holidays in Pamporovo include bowling, historical excursions, tobogganing, husky sleigh rides, swimming and shopping.
Transfer times to Pamporovo
Sofia (SOF) - 2 hrs 20 mins
Ski Hire in Pamporovo
There are normally a number of shops where you can pick up your pre-booked ski or snowboard equipment from. Which shop you go to will depend on where you are staying in Pamporovo. Here is a guide to ski or snowboard hire in Pamporovo:
|Ski Hire Type||Adult 6 days||Child 6 days|
|Gold - Skis and Boots or Snowboard and Boots||76|
|Platinum - Skis and Boots or Snowboard and Boots||91|
You can book your ski hire for your trip to Pamporovo here
Fabulous skiing for me and my daughter. Ski school was essential for us, fantastic instructors. The slopes were perfect for us to learn on and the instructors pushed us to be brave. The bars and restaurants on the mountain were great and fabulous value. The hotel food needs to improve. Always luke warm and not alot of variety. Hotel staff pleasant and rooms always warm.
Apres Ski: 5/5
I visited this resort for the first time last week (23/02/09). I had the most wonderful skiing experience. It is such a beautiful resort. I have never skied in such an alpine environment - trees lining almost every run. I have read bad reviews about Pamporov - mainly about the snowfall. If you pick it right (don’t risk going very early or late unless it is a last min booking) then you will have a fantastic time - at a 3rd of the price of Western resorts. I will definitely be going back next year.