Skiing doesn’t have to be expensive!
Did you know Bulgaria is one of the cheapest places in Europe to enjoy winter sports? There are 3 very popular winter resorts for ski and snowboarding in Bulgaria, Bankso, Pamporovo and Borovets. If you’re staying in Sofia you can also head to Mount Vitosha and hit the slopes.
It doesn’t matter if you are an expert or novice as there are great options for everyone. You can hire all the ski gear for under 15 Euros a day and private lessons are only around 20 Euros an hour. What are you waiting for, book up and start packing your ski clothes!
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Bansko competes with resorts in France and Switzerland due to the lower costs and excellent quality offered. It’s situated around 160kms from Sofia. There are over 75 km of ski runs, 14 lifts and drags, and the lift-served summit rises to 2,600m. The vertical drop is nearly 1,000 m to the base area at Banderishka Poliana, and over 1,600m with the ski runs to town! Also, while you’re in Bankso, make a quick trip to Banya, it’s only 5kms away and is known for its 27 thermal mineral springs. Check out Bankso Blog for the most up to date information in the area.
Pamporovo is around 260km from Sofia and 85km from Plovdiv. This resort sees on average 150 days of snowfall per year but has plenty of sunshine. It’s also less busy than Bansko and has a lot of slopes to choose from so a good choice if you’re a beginner or enjoy a little more space. It offers 25 km of ski-runs and 38 km of cross-country skiing tracks served by 18 lifts.
Borovets is the oldest of the Bulgarian ski resorts and is situated only 73kms from Sofia. Perfectly located if you’re in Sofia and want to enjoy a weekend of winter sports. The resort offers 58kms of ski runs, with the longest run being 12km. There’s a good choice of runs available and plenty of ski instructors too.
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If you’re in Sofia and want to ski somewhere close by, simply head to Mount Vitosha. There are 29kms of ski slopes with the longest run being 5km. There’s no Green run, only Red and Black and although there are slopes for learners, Mount Vitosha is more suited to intermediate and expert skiers.