Skiing in Bulgaria

For many of us, a holiday to Bulgaria is an opportunity to relax by some of the most welcoming shores in Europe. But there’s more to this country than relaxing on the shore of Obzor Beach or museum trips in Nessebar. Bulgaria is quickly becoming one of the top places for a skiing holiday. With that in mind, we’ve put together a brief guide of the best ski resorts in the country.

Borovets

The biggest international ski resort in Bulgaria, Borovets is around an hour and a half from the country’s capital, Sofia.

If you’re looking to strap on some skis and take to the slopes for the first time, Borovets definitely has you covered. Instructors speak English, and you’ll have the opportunity to try some snowboarding and sledding as well as skiing.

The most popular route runs from the peaks down to the village, where a thriving resort community has emerged. The bars and nightclubs host all-night parties that rival Sunny Beach, while the slopes are open until 10pm, giving you plenty of time to sweep down the run long into the night. On average, snowy coverage lasts from December to April with moderately chilly temperatures – even in the middle of January you can expect a reasonable 5°C.

Bansko

The culture is strong here, but luckily so are the affordable drinks in the old fashioned pubs and wine bars in the village at the base of this resort, which is perched on the slopes of Pirin Mountain. This bustling ski resort has got a solid reputation for excellence across Europe, so a good multicultural mix of skiers of every talent level converge here each winter.

The balance between beginner and intermediate skiing options is well thought out here, having won awards in its time. And those who want time away from taking on the slopes can lose themselves amid shops with 19th-century looks. What’s more, from the summit of the mountain, you can see all the way to the Aegean Sea on a clear day, as well as to neighbouring Greece.

Pamporovo