Best Time To Go Skiing or snowboarding in bulgaria
When most people think of skiing, the first thoughts that come to mind are the snowy Alps in Italy, Austria, Switzerland, and France. But with their popularity comes a hefty price tag, which gets higher and higher as time passes.
But not all hope is lost for those ski lovers that cannot pay a premium to enjoy the 5-star resorts in these countries. Great alternatives have popped up in Romania, Slovenia, and Bulgaria. And since you are reading this, we bet you’ve caught wind of these ski alternatives as well.
Note that Bulgaria doesn’t have renowned Alpine resorts. But what it lacks in popularity is more than makes up with charm and some adrenaline gushing slopes. In this piece, we’ll endeavour to fill you in on what you can expect in Bulgaria.
Best Ski Resorts in Bulgaria
Well, Bulgaria has 3 main ski resorts that are complemented with a couple of other smaller resorts. Since we are here to ensure you have the best time of your life on the Bulgarian slopes, we shall only review the top 3. These will undoubtedly blow your mind away (or so we hope). If you are looking to hit the slopes in style, make sure to check out the latest ski jackets and ski pants trends for the upcoming season.
Borovets was set up back in 1896 on Rila Mountain and is the oldest ski resorts in Bulgaria. It is also the largest, with a whopping 58km of pistes. In addition to this, it’s the cheapest!
The resort has hosted the world cup competition twice.
Borovets is a little over 12km from Samokov and 72km from Sofia (the capital of Bulgaria). It is 1390m above sea level and is surrounded by venerable pine woods.
Borovets has a great lift system that includes a 6-seat Gondola lift, 2-high speed Quad chairlifts, baby drag lifts, and surface ski lifts.
This ski resort is one of the best in Bulgaria. It has one of the longest ski runs and has a rich history. It is located at the bottom of Prin Mountain in southwest Bulgaria and is located 160 km from Sofia. The resort features excellent snowboard and skiing infrastructure as well as cool conditions.
The resort has a 26km lift equipment. The Gondola cabin lift has 8 seats and high-speed quads (5 in total). The resort also has 3-seat lifts, 7 and 10 drags and baby drags respectively.
The resort also includes Dionyssos restaurant, a nectar bar, and a spa.
This ski resort is located in Rhodopi Mountain. Of all the Bulgarian resorts, it is the sunniest. The winter is soft as there are 120 sunny days and the ski slopes are guarded and safe. The slopes are also kept in great condition.
The resort includes various facilities, including a swimming pool complete with Jacuzzi, a steam bath, sauna, fitness center, internet, parking space, ski rooms to store your skiing and snowboarding equipment, as well as a playground for your kids.
Which is the best ski resort in Bulgaria?
Honestly, we feel the three ski resorts we’ve reviewed above are the best and are worth a second look. You see, each of these resorts has a unique feature that makes them the best at what they do. For instance, the Pamporovo resort has more than 100 multilingual staff members ready to help you and your family learn how to ski and find your way around the resort. On the other hand, Bansko has excellent ski and snowboard facilities. In fact, the choice you make comes down to the tiny differences between the resorts.
Is Bulgaria Ski Holiday as Cheap as They Say it Is?
Yes, it is. According to research conducted by Escape Travel Card a few years back, they revealed that a ski holiday in the French Alps will cost 180% more than a ski holiday in Bulgaria. Let’s consider a family of four travelling to France for a ski holiday. The family could end up spending a whopping £3,500 more compared to if they went for their holiday in Bulgaria.
During the study, a comparison was made between a luxury resort in France and a not-so-popular resort in Bulgaria. The expenses considered included accommodation, flight fees, food, lift passes, and drinks. The totals came to £5465 and £1949 for a ski holiday in France and Bulgaria respectively.
Expectedly, the biggest price difference comes in the accommodation and food- which make up the largest percentage of the holiday expenses.
How to get there?
The mode of transportation depends on where you are. You can get to Bulgaria via train, flight or drive yourself there. Let’s focus on the flights. Here are the most common flights and what you should expect to pay:
Is it just for beginners or is backcountry skiing an option?
Bulgaria is a perfect spot for new skiers to nurture their skiing talent. There are loads of instructors in the resorts who speak English and are quite reasonable in their pricing.
But on the flip side, the resorts have diverse slopes. They mix up red, black and blue runs. Advanced skiers can have a great time on these slopes. But since the slopes aren’t very large, as an advanced skier, you might want to explore guided ski touring or backcountry skiing.
If you have never gone skiing before and are looking to create new memories with family and friends, a ski holiday in Bulgaria is perfect. It’s affordable compared to other countries and offers decent facilities for its value. However, if you are an advanced skier, you might want to stick to the Alps.