Chepelare is a beautiful mountain town, lying in a small valley at the heart of the Rhodopi Mountain, just 10 km from Pamporovo. The ski runs vary in difficulty from black to green and the longest ski run in Bulgaria is in Chepelare. High-speed quad lift connects the town with the Mechi Chal peak. A few smaller drag lifts are also in favour of the skiers on the slopes. Chepelare is a small ski resort, so the average prices of the hotels and the ski services are lower compared to Bansko, Borovets and Pamporovo.

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Chepelare ski resort is located in a valley in the Rhodopi mountain. Chepelare is situated 222 km from Sofia, 72 km from Plovdiv and 10 km from Pamporovo.

The mountain town of Chepelare is surrounded by venerable fir trees and green meadows in summer and snowy mountain slopes in winter. Chepelare river passes through the town.

Resort information

Chepelare provides good infrastructure for skiing. The longest ski run in Bulgaria is located in Chepelare. The ski centre offers ski runs for children and beginners.

The ski season in Chepelare lasts from December until April.

Modern high speed quad lift with a capacity of 2000 per hour, connects Chepelare with Mechi Chal peak in just 9 minutes, at a 2700 meters distance. There are several smaller drag lifts.

Chepelare mountain rescue service

(+359) 309 58336; (+359) 1475.

How to reach Chepelare

Chepelare is situated 12 km south of Pamporovo ski resort, at about 15 minutes driving distance.

Use the directions to Pamporovo to reach Chepelare.

The resort is located
80 km away from Plovdiv, 230 km away from Sofia and 22 km north of the town of Smolyan.

The international road E71 Assenovgrad-Smolyanor Devin-Smolianare themain roads to Chepelare.

A checkpoint at the border with Greece is opened near Zlatograd town. Chepelareis the nearest ski resort-town to Istanbul City and to north-east Greece.

Chepelare ski slopes

Sport centre Chepelare offers over 20 km ski slopes and ski roads. All ski slopes are modernized and marked according to the European standards.

One of the main slopes in the ski centre is 3250 m long and is “Red” - suitable for intermediate skiers. It offers the most modern snow making system in Bulgaroa.

47 snow cannons can provide artificial snow for just 100 hours when temperatures are below -3 C.

Guests of the resort can also enjoy skiing on a 6 km long "Green" slope, as well as several shorter slopes of different difficulty.

The whole ski centre offers free wireless Internet connection.

Book online ski equipment rental, ski school, lift pass and all ski services in Chepelare with us.

Ski run Difficulty Length [m] Inclination [m]
4 Light piste 4792 710
1 Medium 2560 690
3 Light piste 1346 324
2 Medium 1132 450
4A Light piste 955 163
7 Difficult ski run 785 370
6 Beginners 491 70
5 Medium 490 168
1A Light piste 465 95
3A Light piste 295 49
1B Medium 179 50
4B Medium 110 32

Recommended hotels

Many small privately owned hotels are available in Chepelare. During the winter the resort and the hotels are quite busy and a booking is required. Most of the hotels are 2 or 3 stars and you can see some of them in the left table of this page. Most of the hotels have restaurants where guests can order breakfast or dinner. Ski rentals are available at the hotels too.

  • Borika Hotel     

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    Borika hotel is located on a hill in Chepelare, only a kilometer away from the ski runs of Mechi Chal. The hotel offers sport, spa and conference facilities, bars and...


Places to go in Chepelare

If you have decided to travel to the heart of the Rhodope Mountain, prepare yourself to be enchanted by the magic impact of its unique beauty.

Approximately one hour trip from Plovdiv, along the upper float of the Chepelarska River, Chepelare town is huddled at the foot of the mountain. The town is situated 1150 m above the sea level and it is the highest town in Bulgaria.

* Chepelare is a remarkable ethnographic and folklore reserve. It has preserved the unique Rhodopi architecture:
- Uzunov’s House and Stoyu Shishkov’s House.

* There are 2 magnificent Eastern Orthodox temples in Chepelare. One is dedicated to St. Anastasius and was built in 1835. The other was constructed in 1866, two years afterwards a two-storey building was constructed to host a school.

* The town also features the only operational Rhodopi Karst Museum operational in Europe, which presents the beauty of caves and cave exhibits preserved from the dawn of mankind.

* The ski and sport museum is a large museum collection. It is hosted by the largest municipal public reading hall called Rhodopi Spark.

The town boasts with traditions and history in the ski sports in Bulgaria. The first ski school in Chepelare was found in 1954. Many of its students reached top positions in the ski disciplines in Bulgaria.

In 1969 a sport school for alpine skiing and cross country disciplines was found in the town. Famous skiers like Mitko Hadjiev, Borislav Kiriakov, Irin Pashliev and Ekaterina Dafovska graduated the school.

Since 1975 a factory for skies functions in Chepelare. In 2008 it was bought by AmerSports and is now producing first class ski equipment.

During the spring Chepelare completely transforms its outlook. It becomes a quiet and calm mountain town offering numerous opportunities for active mountain tourism.

Comments Chepelare

  • melisa mert urkun From Turkey
    Sent on 17 February 2011
    We have been having great time for two years skiing at Chepelare. :) We always stay at the Rhodopi Home Hotel, They are so friendly and the rooms are great. So we can use all the fun and delicious restaurants in the town and also we can easily go up to Chepelare ski center from our hotel by the hotel's car. And one good thing about the Chepelare is that there isnt so crowded. Everything is well arranged. People there are waiting for you to come and enjoy. WE did :)) We will be there the next year too :))
  • ian henderson From England
    Sent on 05 February 2009
    Last week I and a group of friends skied in Chepelare. The new lift was superb, as was the preparation of the pistes. The management of the Chepelare ski centre are to be congratulated on their efforts. The food in Vasco's cabin was wonderful, reasonably priced, and served with warmth and charm. This is where we will be ski-ing in future.
  • Jovan Ognjanovic From Macedonia
    Sent on 04 February 2009
    Nice place. The service is good and the staff is friendly. One drawback though- me and my friends making noise until 3am (sometimes later still) when we're there;-) Everything is great and at a low price. I go there every winter with my coach and some friends and I recommend it to everyone.
  • Ilievska frosina From macedonia
    Sent on 24 November 2008
    we need a 2 double rooms for 4 adult people, from 31 december to 5 januari how much is price for that period with breakfast and diner.thank you and please write me
  • Jo Rix From england
    Sent on 22 November 2008
    We visited Chepalare in feb 2008 as guests of our english friendswho own a house in the village.We were a group of 11, ranging in age from 10 to 50 years Our friends had become personal friends of Sneja and Strojan and their family on previous visits and whilst renovating their house. We could not have had better service from the Shoky family and staff even despite not staying in thier hotel, we ate there every night of our 10 day break except one where they came to us for a truely wonderful bar b que cooked on the open fire in our friends house by Stojan. Stojan's local knowledge is invalualbe and when 2 of the children in our group got lost on the moutain in pamporovo the whole family turned out to join in the search and rescue. On our last day skiing I was taken ill on the mountain with hypothermia Snezja organised a Dr to come out to the house, went to pick up the recommended drugs from the local chemist and made sure all was well. They were all truely fantastic and really added to our experience of local life. They also organise ringo's on the hill near the slopes in pamporovo, great fun for all the kids and those of us who haven't quite grown up yet. I would recomend a stay here just for the hospitality alone, oh and the local home brewed Reikia!!!
  • Dawn Jalland From England
    Sent on 06 April 2008
    I stayed at the Shoky Hotel in March 2008 with a group of 10 friends. Snezha, Stojan and their daughters Gergana and Katja looked after us very well and made us all most welcome. The restaurant staff, Eva, Radka and Marriana were superb, especially in dealing with our multiple requests at meal times. Their sense of humour and professional service made us all feel at home. Whilst the snow conditions were not the best, Stojan's local knowledge ensured that we were able to ski every day. I would recommend the Shoky Hotel and will certainly be visiting the Shokov family again.
  • Susan From England
    Sent on 30 January 2008
    The hotel is beautiful and accommodation is 4 star, no doubt about it. The only comment is the food. We feel they were trying to give us what they think the english eat, but didnt get it quite right. But despite that, a fantastic holiday and will return again next year all being well.
  • Irina & Jouri OUVAROV From Germany
    Sent on 16 December 2007
    We have stayed in SHOKY Hotel in Nov 2007. Chepelare is in autumn very beautiful and quite. Great mountains and nature, fresh air and the local people are very nice. SHOKY Hotel is a small family house new and clean, with a wonderful view all over and a delicious food. The owners - Family Shokovi: Snezha, Gergana, Katja and Stojan are very warm, friendly and cute. We have enjoyed perfect holidays in SHOKY Hotel! We can only recommend the SHOKY Hotel and Chepelare!
  • Irina & Jouri OUVAROV From Germany
    Sent on 16 December 2007
    We have stayed in SHOKY Hotel in Nov 2007. Chepelare is in autumn very beautiful and quite. Great mountains and nature, fresh air and the local people are very nice. SHOKY Hotel is a small family house new and clean, with a wonderful view all over and a delicious food. The owners - Family Shokovi: Snezha, Gergana, Katja and Stojan are very warm, friendly and cute. We have enjoyed perfect holidays in SHOKY Hotel! We can only recommend the SHOKY Hotel and Chepelare!
  • Juliette Blommers From the Netherlands
    Sent on 20 March 2007
    I completely agree with Ian, I have stayed in this hotel on the fourth of march 2007 for ten days and I had a great holiday, a very warm welcome on the day of arriving and the restaurant is just great and the food is so good and Shezha and Stojan are great hosts and so is Baba Ganka. I will stay in this hotel any time and I hope to stay there again next year.
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