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Pamporovo ski resort ski resort - ski area information

Ski Holiday in Pamporovo resort

Pamporovo is a modern ski resort, set among pine forests in the heart of the gorgeous Rhodopes Mountains, the mountain of the mythical singer Orpheus. Pamporovo is the most southern skiing resort in Europe. With 120 sunny days in winter, Pamporovo is the sunniest Bulgarian mountain resort that offers wonderful ski conditions throughout the whole winter season. Not only does Pamporovo lie at the foot of Snezhanka Peak /1926m/, but it also surprises you with scenic pine forests and unsurpassable beauty.

Pamporovo ski area that is appreciated by both local and foreign skiers is located just about 240km away from Sofia, Bulgaria’s capital city, and 85km away from Plovdiv, one of the most interesting ancient cities in Bulgaria. Pamporovo is situated at an altitude of 1650m.

Since there is an airport within 2 hours drive from Pamporovo, your short ski weekends, ski holidays and snowboards adventures are not feasible at reasonable prices.

Pamporovo boasts mild climate and therefore 120 days per winter season will give you an added bonus of a lovely golden tan. Pamporovo ski resort is one of the best family-friendly venues in Bulgaria and its ski school has received much appreciation from many European holidaymakers. If you wish to experience the best of one of the most popular resorts in Bulgaria, you should consider Pamporovo, a picturesque resort that boasts plenty of snow, sparkling sunshine, modern facilities, improved infrastructure and affordable prices.

Pamporovo has a wide choice of high-end hotels, cozy chalets, delightful restaurants that invite you to taste the Bulgarian cuisine, as well as excellent après-ski scene that would contribute to a memorable ski vacation. Pamporovo is the best choice for a ski holiday and fantastic value for your money!

Pamporovo ski resort and weather

Pamporovo is the second biggest ski resort in Bulgaria, but it is one of the most favourite winter venues in Europe due its beneficial climate. Due to the influence of the mild Mediterranean weather, Pamporovo's temperatures do no change dramatically throughout the day. Moreover, the peaks, surrounding Pamporovo, isolate the resort from strong winds and also prevent the snow cover of its ski runs, between 140 and 150 cm, from being blown away. The average annual temperature in the resort is 8.5 degrees C. Bulgaria’s sunniest resort boasts around 200 days of sunshine per year as 120 are during the ski season. The combination of mild weather and excellent snow cover is a prerequisite for perfect skiing conditions from mid December to early May.

Ski tracks, ski lifts, ski drags and facilities in Pamporovo

It’s no wonder that many foreign tourists flock to Pamporovo in winter, because the resort is rather attractive mainly due to the winter sports and exceptionally beautiful mountain peaks. Pamporovo has proved that it is a renowned European ski resort and prestigious winter sports centre. The resort disposes of well-groomed ski tracks, modern ski facilities, challenging ski tracks, gentle ski slopes for beginners, marked ski area and perfect conditions for practicing various winter sports. If we are asked to rate it, we will simply summarize that Pamporovo ski resort, Bulgaria is a true heaven on earth for skiers and snowboarders.

Pamporovo was a host of many International ski competitions and other winter sports contests. You shouldn’t be concerned about the possible danger of avalanches and dramatic climate changes, because Pamporovo will pleasantly surprise you with many sunny days, safety, serenity and snow-capped mountains.

All ski tracks in Pamporovo are situated between 1926 meters and 1450 meters above sea level, so they are suitable for people of any age. The gentle profile of the Rhodopes mountains with all rounded slopes and summits makes Pamporovo particularly suitable for beginners and early intermediates. Still, there are also difficult ski runs like the Giant Slalom run, considered to be an excellent exercise for every skiing expert, as well as ‘The Wall’’, the most difficult ski run in Pamporovo. All ski tracks in Pamporovo are safe guarded and maintained in an excellent condition. It is important to know that all major ski runs start from the peak of the mountain where the TV tower is situated. Pamporovo has direct access to 25 ski pistes that are served by 14 ski lifts. Pamporovo’s ski area is linked to the hotels and the resort centre by a regular shuttle bus.

Pamporovo ski area facts:

  • Resort altitude: 1620 m
  • Highest skiing area: 1,937 m
  • Lowest ski piste: 1444m
  • Max vertical: 487m
  • Total length of ski tracks: 25 km
  • Cross-country trails: 38km
  • Lifts: 5 chair lifts, 9 drag lifts with the capacity of 15,000 skiers / snowboarders per hour
  • Longest run: 4,2 km
  • Black Runs: 8
  • Red Runs: 6
  • Blue Runs: 6
  • Green Runs: 11

Most of the ski tracks in Pamporovo are green and blue which makes the resort suitable not only for ski beginners, but also for all skiers who wish to improve their skills and master their technique. Advanced skiers are always welcome to show their expertise at Stenata ski track ‘The Wall’.

The equipment in Pamporovo that services all ski tracks has the capacity of 11 600 people per hour which makes the runs easily accessible. There are nine ski tows, 13 draglifts and six chairlifts which allow the quick and comfortable movement of the skiers. The new six-seat chairlift, manufactured by the French Pomagalski company boasts a capacity of 2 400 people per hour /116 seats with a total length of 2992 meters/. The access to the ski facilities is controlled by a chip card (smart card) manufactured by an Austrian company.

The processing and overall maintenance of the ski slopes is accomplished by snowgroomers " Kassbohrer”– Germany. Your snow holiday in Pamporovo is guaranteed, because a modern artificial snow-making system, manufactured by Sufag and York, with a total length capacity of 4034m covers the ski area with snow even if the weather does not bring many snowfalls in the end of the season. The concessionaire of Pamporovo invested intensively in snow cannons in order to achieve excellent snow cover at 90% of the ski slopes. Hence, 160 snow cannons service the ski area.

It’s not necessary to be an intermediate skier to hit the slopes, you should simply grab your skis and give it a try at the excellent nursery slopes. If you are an advanced, however, you still experience the most of your ski holiday at the Wall, the most difficult ski run. Even though the locality provides good conditions for off-piste skiing, we would recommend you to consult with a guide before you undertake your off-road adventure in the mountain.

Pamporovo also has a modern and functional 110m long half-pipe facility. You can also try cross country skiing (38km) divided in to 4, 16 and 18km tracks. If you wish to experience the rhythm of the night and feel your freedom, just enjoy night skiing at the ski run ‘Stenata’/’’The Wall’’/. The most difficult ski track is open from 6am to 10pm.

Beginners: Pamporovo's ski area is ideal for first-timers since there are not less than 11 easy slopes to learn on. Moreover, the ski school in Pamporovo is famous with its qualified and patient ski instructors. If you are an enthusiast and fast learner, you will start your adventure on the four nursery slopes and it’s matter of a few days that you will be able to improve your technique on higher ski runs.

Intermediate skiers: The total length of ski runs which are suitable for intermedaites is approximately 20 km. Intermediate skiers have the longest runs including number five, down to Ardashla at 3.1km (two miles) in length. If you take the Malina triple chairlift to the middle station, followed by the Studenets lift to the summit, you'll find a choice of wide runs leading back to the village.

Advanced skiers: Don’t hesitate, but grab your skis and jump on the drag lift from the middle station which runs up the side of “The Wall”, a steep and challenging black mogul field. The latter is the most difficult ski run in the resort. There are only two black ski runs in Pamporovo and this is why it’s considered that advanced skiers have limited challenges. Demonstrate your skills at the international slalom course practice your technique at the long red ski runs.

Ski tuition in Pamporovo winter resort

Pamporovo is widely popular for the friendly and highly qualified ski instuctors. They are specialists who are usually proficient at least in two languages. It’s really amazing how just in a week time almost everybody is able to ski downhill using the snow-plough. Of course, you can also book individual ski lessons in order to fully utilize all techniques. It’s not a secret that many intermediate and advanced skiers come back to Pamporovo because of the useful skiing lessons and excellent ski instructors. Actually the highly qualified ski teachers have the reputation of being among the best in Europe. They conduct their ski training in groups or individually. Even if you have not packed your ski equipment, you will be able to rent some of the world-famous brands at a reasonable price. Our aim is to make one’s experience memorable and comfortable, so we do provide ski services, including ski tuition, ski lift passes, ski equipment in Pamporovo resort.

Various Winter sports in Pamporovo

Look beyond the ski heaven and indulge yourself in a wide range of winter sports which you can practice in Pamporovo!


The winter resort Pamporovo offers very good conditions for practicing snowboard. The 6 ski lifts and the large number of ski runs make this resort very suitable for the fans of this sport. The first half-pipe ski track in Bulgaria was built in this resort in 2004. Not it is a real attraction for extreme snowboard skaters. Actually, with plenty of wide open runs, Pamporovo is a great resort for those who you wish to master snowboarding. Freestyle snowboarders in Pamporovo can enjoy a half pipe and some very nice off-piste adventures. The low relatively low prices also tend to create a snow-boarder friendly atmosphere on and off the slopes.


Do you wish to admire at the beautiful nature while riding on motor sledges? Give it a try and practice this winter sport on the many inclined slopes and meadows outside the official ski zone, as the infrastructure owner and the local municipal authorities take good care of the winter holiday resort guests’ safety.

Ski Kindergarten

If you enjoy your ski holiday with your kids, you should know that the ski kindergarten in Pamporovo will do a lot for your stress-free experience. All children aged 4-7 years old can be enrolled in the ski kindergarten of the resort complex Pamporovo and the ski school for children accepts all children aged 7-12 years old.

Pamporovo Apres-ski

Pamporovo is a great place for après-ski with superb value prices. Pamporovo’s club and bar scene is a good value compared to other European ski resorts where prices tend to go higher. Après ski experience at Pamporovo is always and with a variety of lively bars, pubs and discos, it offers diverse styles of party entertainment. After a day of skiing, most people head for the various bars and restaurants around the area. Some of the most popular venues are the White Hart Pub and Dack's Bar. Bulgarian folklore evenings, as well as the rich menu and so-called ‘’Happy Hours’ attract many holidaymakers who wish to enjoy their leisure time and entertain themselves.

You will never get bored in the lovely Pamporovo ski resort! You may try bowling, archery, swimming, sauna, fitness centre and many other activities. Actually, friendly locals, the delicious cuisine and the cultural heritage of the area are some of the reasons why you shouldn’t miss a holiday in Pamporovo.

If you love parties, you will have a good time in Pamporovo after enjoying days on the ski slopes. Every place in Pamporovo has its unique style and comfy atmosphere! If you wish to experience some booze with friends, you should take into consideration that you should look for ‘Happy Hours’ and other promotions! For instance, we have a compliment for you if you book a ski package or holiday with us. Don’t miss to claim your Apres-ski discount card and experience the true flavour of skiing with locals! hould you wish to review some of the most popular restaurants and discounts in Pamporovo, please, visit Pamporovo restaurants and bars!

Pamporovo and Grand Perelik Project

Pamporovo may become one of the most favourite ski resorts in Bulgaria, because the grand project ‘Perelik’ envisages great improvements. It plans to connect the Perelik peak in Pamporovo with the Mechi Chal peak near the picturesque Chepelare. According to the mayor of Smolyan, the fulfillment of the project will shape Rhodopi Mountain as a tourism centre with three parts - Mechi Chal, Pamporovo and Perelik. The project envisages the construction of additional 29.8 kilometres ski pistes, so the number of beds in the ski resort will also increase by 8000.


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