Wednesday, November 27, 2013

2013-2014 ski season opening in Pamporovo, Bulgaria

Pamporovo (Пампорово) is Bulgarian ski resort and is situated in Rhodope Mountains at the attitude of 1620 m. / 5314 ft., Pamporovo is about 227 km / 141 miles away from Sofia airport and by car it takes about 3 hours driving (Route).
There are a lot of hotels, restaurants, bars and a network of ski runs and lifts in the resort. Pamporovo provides a whole range of winter sports and the reparation for the 2013/2014 winter season is at the finish line. The ski season is set to open on Saturday, Dec 7. During the official new ski season opening day, access to the lifts will be free.


Pamporovo offers conditions for alpine skiing, cross country, and snowboarding. There are 58 km / 36 miles of marked ski slopes for alpine skiing and 25 km / 16 miles cross country trails. Most of the slopes are equipped with artificial snow making installations. There is illuminated night ski slope, also.

Ski slopes with various degree of difficulty are available in Pamporovo:
  • Snezhanka 1 – Intermediate
  • Snezhanka 1A – Beginner
  • Snezhanka 2 – Experts
  • Snezhanka 3 – Experts
  • Snezhanka 4 (The European) – Experts
  • Snezhanka 4 (Malina) – Advanced
  • Snezhanka 5 – Advanced
  • Snezhanka 6 – Beginners
  • Snezhanka 6.1 – Beginners
  • Snezhanka 6A – Beginners
  • Snezhanka 8 – Intermediate
  • Snezhanka 9 – Intermediate
  • Snezhanka 10 – Advanced
  • Snezhanka 11 – Advanced
  • Snezhanka 12 – Advanced
  • Snezhanka 13 – Advanced
  • Snezhanka 14 – Cross Country
  • Snezhanka 15 – Cross Country
  •  Stoykite 1 – Advanced
  • Stoykite 2 – Intermediate
  • Studenetz - Ski centre 1 – Beginners

Ski passes prices:

  • day ski pass for adults (Dec 08, 2013 - Dec 21, 2013) will be 37 BGN / 18.5 €;
  • day ski pass for adults (after Dec 21, 2013) will be 53 BGN / 26.5 €.

Friday, November 22, 2013

Bulgarian ski resort Borovets is almost ready for the new ski season

Borovets (Боровец) was founded in 1896 and is the oldest Bulgarian ski resort (map). Situated on the northern slopes of Rila Mountain at the attitude of 1350 m. / 4429 ft. , Borovets is about 70 km / 45 miles away from Sofia airport (click to see the route) and by car it takes about an hour and fifteen minutes driving on a mountain picturesque road, which passes through Samokov.
Borovets ski resort, Bulgaria
Borovets ski resort, Bulgaria
The road to Borovets
The road to Borovets


You could choose between plenty of hotels, restaurants, bars and a network of ski runs and lifts along the slopes of the Rila. Borovets provides a whole range of winter sports and the reparation for the 2013/2014 winter season is at the finish line. The ski season is set to open on Saturday, Dec 14.
The resort has twice hosted Alpine Skiing World Cup in 1981 and 1984 and in February 2014, Borovets will host men European Cup alpine skiing. The competition will take place on a ski slope 'Popangelov’.
Borovets offers conditions for alpine skiing, cross country, and snowboarding. There are 58 km / 36 miles of marked ski slopes for alpine skiing and 35 km / 22 miles cross country trails.

There are three ski centers in Borovets:

  • Sitnyakovo ski center ( 1350 m. / 4429 ft - 1780 m. / 5839 ft. altitude) – includes "Sitnyakovo 1" (Intermediate), "Sitnyakovo 2" (Advanced) , "Sitnyakovo 3" (Advanced), “Martinovi Baraki 1” (Intermediate), “Martinovi Baraki 2” (Advanced), “Martinovi Baraki 3” (Advanced), “Martinovi Baraki 4” (Experts), "Iglika" (Intermediate), "Rila" (Intermediate), “Rotata” (Begginers), “Cherveno zname” (Experts), “Borosport Ski School area” (Begginers) and “Sitnyakovo Royal Residence Ski way” (Begginers) ski slopes. At that area you can enjoy night skiing, because there is lightning installation and in addition to that - artificial snowmaking one;
Sitnyakovo ski center
Sitnyakovo ski center

Borovets, Martinovi baraki ski slopes by night
Borovets, Martinovi baraki ski slopes by night
  • Yastrebetz ski center – 1340 m. / 4396 ft.- 2369 m. /  7772 ft. altitude - includes "Popangelov" (Advanced), "Yastrebetz 1" (Advanced), "Yastrebetz 3" (Advanced), “Fonfon” (Experts) and “Haramia” (Intermediate) ski slopes. There are artificial snowmaking systems at "Popangelov" and . "Yastrebetz 3";
Yastrebetz ski center
Yastrebetz ski center


  •  Markudjik ski center – 2144 m. / 7034 ft. - 2550 m. / 8366 ft. altitude – includes “Markudjik 1” (Intermediate), “Markudjik 2A” (Experts), “Markudjik 2B” (Advanced), “Markudjik 3” (Advanced) and ” Suhar” (Beginners) ski slopes. It is a high mountain area, so depending on the weather conditions it is sometimes closed.
Markudjik ski center
Markudjik ski center

What’s new for the new ski season in Borovets?


A new lifts access system and two new ticket counters that have been built will reduce the queues for lifts. Another great convenience for skiers will be the possibility to recharge lift passes via Internet.

There will be some improvements to Borosport Snow Park, which is a favorite place for the experienced snowboarders and freestylers as well as for beginner thrill seekers. This year the snow park will be at the top of the "Popangelov" slope. It has three areas of difficulty - beginner, intermediate and experts.

Ski passes prices:

· day ski pass for adults will be 55 BGN / 27.5 €;

· day ski pass for children - 33 BGN / 16.5 €;

· night skiing for adults will cost 22 BGN / 11 €.

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