Bulgaria has not yet become a major skiing country for non-native Bulgarians. However, taking a ski holiday in Bulgaria is a very exciting experience for anyone who likes to explore new options. Bulgaria has long been a cheap Eastern European country, but in recent years there have been major investments in several ski resorts, which also has resulted in higher prices. Still, it is a good option for a budget ski trip - Bulgaria is one of the cheapest ski countries in Europe. Especially accommodation and food is very cheap. Lift cards are also very affordable and the lifts are generally modern and even provide electronic ski pass systems.
Ski tourism to Bulgaria has exploded in recent years and you will not run into foreigners from other European countries, but it has also led to the increased development for the ski resorts. Grab the chance and go on a skiing trip to Bulgaria, while prices are still so low.
Three major ski resorts in Bulgaria are Bansko, Borovetz and Pamporovo. Vitosha near the capital Sofia is also worth paying a visit. The ski resorts are located in the southern part of Bulgaria, bordering Greece.
Borovetz is Bulgaria's oldest and most classic ski resort. It lies about 70 kilometers from Sofia and has a lot of pretty good and advanced slopes. The resort has developed rapidly in recent years and now offers a good lift system and fine hotels.
Bansko is Bulgaria's most popular ski resort, about 160 kilometers from Sofia. It has become internationally known and developed rapidly. Only in recent years there have been major investments including improvements in lift systems and hotels. There are two ski areas: Chalin Valog and Shiligarnika. In total there are about 70 km of pistes including several kilometers long, lovely hills. This resort holds snowmaking and grooming machines, which is not something to take for granted in Bulgaria.
Pamporovo, about 250 kilometers from Sofia is suitable for beginners and less experienced skier. Pamporovo is also a bit cheaper and more quiet than other resorts.
Skiing in Bulgaria generally suits skiers who are on an intermediate level. The advanced slopes are not really what an advanced skier expects.