Bulgaria is becoming an increasingly popular ski destination, offering heavy snowfall until June on the highest peaks. Winter sports enthusiasts have their choice of anything from gentle beginner ski runs to challenging adrenaline-spiking slopes.

With its beautiful mountain resorts within driving distance of Sofia, it’s little wonder that wonder Bulgaria is attracting visitors from all over the world. From Borovets to Vitosha mountain, here are the top Bulgarian ski resorts to consider for your next winter adventure.


Borovets

Borovets is Eastern Europe's biggest ski resort and is one of the fastest growing ski destinations in Bulgaria – for good reason. Situated on the northern slopes of the Rila Mountains at the foot of the highest peak in the country, it boasts luxury hotels, restaurants, and a superb network of ski runs nestled among its beautiful pine forests.

Located only 90 minutes from Sofia, Borovets has an excellent ski school, a fine snow record, cheap prices, and lovely scenery. For those looking for other outdoor activities, cycle routes crisscross the alpine landscape, and footpaths lead through rocky outcrops and valleys to the high-altitude Musala Lakes, including glacial Icy Lake.

Ski slopes: 58km (36mi) in total, of which 41% is easy, 50% is intermediate, and 9% is difficult.

General season: Early December to mid-April.

Accommodation options: Alpine Hotel, Euphoria Club Hotel and Resort, and Radina's Way Hotel.


Bansko

Bansko is a charming and historic town situated in the foothills of the scenic Pirin Mountains and is one of the largest winter resorts of Bulgaria. Located 160km (100mi) south of Sofia, the resort boasts a wealth of culture and history as well as a choice of 16 exciting ski runs.

The climatic mountain is also popular among tourists during the summer season, offering various types of activities and sports – hiking, mountain climbing, cycling, horse riding, mountain passages, and rafting, as well as multiple museums and landmarks.

Ski slopes: 48km (30mi) in total, of which 41% is easy, 51% is intermediate, and 8% is difficult.

General season: Early December to mid-April.

Accommodation options: Saint George Palace, Kempinski Hotel Grand Arena, and Premier Luxury Mountain Resort.


Chepelare

Chepelare resort is a modern ski resort that caters to both professionals and beginners. Located 220km (136mi) from Sofia, Chepelare is a calmer alternative to skiing hub Pamporovo, 11km south. The charming mountain village is nestled in a small valley at the heart of the Rhodopi Mountain.

The ski area boasts one of Bulgaria’s longest ski runs – as well as Bulgaria’s only Ski Museum, which was established in 1998. The Museum of Rhodope Karst is also situated in Chepelare – the only one of its kind on the Balkan Peninsula.

Ski slopes: 13km (8mi) in total, of which 61% is easy, 39% is intermediate, and 0% is difficult.

General season: Early December to mid-April.

Accommodation options: Shoky Family Hotel, Rhodopi Home Hotel, and Borika Hotel.


Pamporovo

Pamporovo is a popular ski resort nestled amongst Norway spruce forests and attracts visitors year round. The resort enjoys plenty of blue skies and is suited for complete beginners and intermediates.

Pamporovo is around 260km (161mi) away from Sofia and offers ski schools for children and adults, as well as daycare facilities for children from 4 to 7 years old. There are also hiking trails and rock climbing opportunities – and travellers can visit the Dyavolska Cave and the Yagodinska Cave, which are some of the most attractive caves in Bulgaria.

Ski slopes: 29km (18mi) in total, of which 59% is easy, 22% is intermediate, and 19% is difficult.

General season: Early December to mid-April.

Accommodation options: Hotel Iva & Elena, Dafovska Hotel, and Hotel Bellevue Ski & Spa.


Vitosha Mountain

Located a mere 22km (14mi) from Sofia, Vitosha Mountain offers exciting ski runs to suit all levels of experience with beautiful views of Sofia. Skiing equipment is available for hire from the main ski centre on Vitosha mountain, Aleko – Bulgaria's highest ski resort.

Aleko provides visitors with lift facilities, ski and snowboard schools, accommodation, and restaurants, turning the resort into a prime international winter sports centre. The area also attracts hikers year round, with many marked hiking routes starting Aleko.

Ski slopes: 20km (12.5mi) in total, of which 60% is easy, 30% is intermediate, and 10% is difficult.

General season: Early December to mid-April.

Accommodation options: Hotel Jagoda 88, Jasmin Hotel, and Eleganza Family Hotel.


Getting there

Various airlines offer daily flights from London to Sofia Airport. The cheapest tickets are available approximately 51 days before departure, with evening flights from London Stansted offering the best prices on the route.

For a hassle-free trip to Bulgaria, remember to hire a car through hoppa to get you to your remote ski resort. Hoppa is the world’s top specialist in smooth, reliable transportation, comparing 1,000s of transport providers from around the world to get you where you need to go. Whether at home or abroad, with choices of taxis, car hire, and airport transfers, we search and compare the best deals so you arrive happy.

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