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Ski Resorts in Bulgaria

Bulgaria is becoming increasingly popular as a summer holiday destination but it’s also a great option if you want to try somewhere different during the winter months as well.

With stunning scenery, great snow conditions and a wide range of activities off the slopes, Bulgaria provides an interesting alternative to some of the more traditional ski destinations and is also a lot less expensive at the same time.

Less experienced skiers in particular will enjoy the wide range of beginner and intermediate level runs that are available across the main resorts, whilst excellent English-speaking ski schools – and smaller crowds on the slopes - help ensure that Bulgaria is a great option for families.

Expect to find the best snow conditions from December through the March, although with some resorts still seeing snow into Spring, Bulgaria is worth considering if you are looking into a late season trip.

After a busy day on the slopes, you’ll have plenty of opportunity to sample the best in Bulgarian hospitality regardless of which resort you are visiting, with excellent bars and restaurants serving both traditional and international food and drinks.

The main resorts can all be accessed from Sofia Airport and whilst transfer times aren’t the shortest, the skiing means it is certainly worth the wait.

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Ski areas in Bulgaria

Skiing in Bulgaria tends to be focused around three resorts that are all located within the Balkan Alps. Bansko is the most popular option for those seeking some winter fun and offers great skiing conditions at height of more than 2000m – with the longest runs in the country and plenty keep you busy once your day on the slopes comes to an end.

It’s not the biggest resort however, with that accolade going the way of Borovets; which has grown hugely in recent years as people are drawn in by the high quality skiing and facilities that are available at cost effective prices. Finally, Pamporovo mixes impressive landscapes with good skiing for both beginners and intermediate level skiers alike.


You’ll not be short of things to do away from the slopes on a break in Bulgaria, with the different resorts each offering their own take on après-ski.

Bankso is quite laid back and relaxed and is a great place to grab traditional food and drink, particularly in the old town area, whilst things are much more lively when the sun goes down in Pamporovo – where you can dance the night away in a range of nightclubs.

Should you want more authentic entertainment, then Borovets is the place to go, with live folklore music being popular.

Ski Accommodation

It doesn’t matter what your budget is, there will be accommodation to suit your needs in Bulgaria – and your budget will probably go a further than it would do elsewhere. Expect good levels of service throughout and value for money regardless of whether you are looking for simple accommodation or more of a touch of luxury.

Lift Passes

Your lift pass acts as your ticket to the slopes and means you’ll be able to use the ski lifts that will take you to the top of the slopes. Book in advance and you’ll be able to get down to business as soon as you arrive in your resort.