Pamporovo ski resort is located in the heart of the Rhodopi mountain. It is the sunniest Bulgarian mountain resort. The ski slopes of Pamporovo are safe guarded and maintained in a very good condition. The gentle profile of the mountain with its rounded slopes and summits makes Pamporovo suitable for beginners. But there are difficult ski runs like "The Wall" for the advanced skiers. Ski rentals are available near the ski runs and the lift stations, you can book ski equipment rental, ski school and lift pass with us, as well.
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Pamporovo ski resort
New for season 2012/2013: The triple chairlift from Malina to Studenets will be renovated and it will become faster. A new green run will be constructed from Snezhanka to Stoikite village. The main tourist slope in the resort will be illuminated.
The resort will host a round of the European ski cup for a second consecutive year. Pamporovo will also welcome the world ski teachers championship.
Resort information: Pamporovo is a modern ski resort in the heart of the Rhodopi mountain, the home of the mythical singer Orpheus. It is the sunniest Bulgarian mountain resort with wonderful snow throughout the whole season. Pamporovo is situated on 1650 m above the sea level at the foot of Snejanka peak (1926 m). The resort is situated just 240 km from Sofia and 85 km from Plovdiv.
Climate: Pamporovo has an exclusive climate featuring a soft winter with about 120 sunny days during the skiing period. The significant influence of The Aegean Sea appears here and the skiing season lasts from mid - December until mid - April. The average air temperature is - 3 deg; C. The gentle profile of the mountain with its rounded slopes and summits makes Pamporovo particularly suitable for beginners. But there are also difficult ski runs like "the Wall" which is an excellent exercise for every skiing expert.
Pamporovo mountain rescue service: (+359) 309 58336; (+359) 1475;
Medical & dental service: The Emergency SKI PATROL service is available 24 hours a day. Ambulance and clinic (with doctor and nurse) are available, as well as first aid, on all ski slopes. Fully equipped and functioning hospitals are available in Smolyan and Chepelare. Highly qualified dentists are available at Pamporovo or Chepelare. Pharmacies are available at the resort. Some medical and all dental services must be cash to the doctors (clinics). They should provide the necessary bills, receipts and invoices describing the service and the cost, so that you can claim back the expense to your insurance company. It's recommended you call your insurance company and inform them in case of injury. Please follow their instructions.
How to reach Pamporovo ski resort
The international road E71 Assenovgrad-Smolyan or Devin-Smolian are the main roads to Pamporovo. A heckpoint at the border with Greece is opened near Zlatograd town. Pamporovo is the nearest ski resort to Istanbul City and to north-east Greece.
The ski slopes in Pamporovo
All ski slopes are safe guarded and maintained in a very good condition. More than 100 highly qualified ski instructors fluent in different languages are here to teach both beginners and intermediate skiers and snowboarders. Ski rentals are available near the ski runs and the lift stations, you can book ski equipment rental, ski school, lift pass with us. The ski runs in Pamporovo come in all hardship levels. They are located between 1926 and 1450 m above the sea level on the northern, eastern and western slopes of The Snejanka peak.
The most difficult ski piste is "The Wall", see it on the right picture here. All major ski runs start from the peak of the mountain, where the TV tower is located. Great off-piste skiing and snowboarding is available in this resort, however we recommend using a local guide when going off-piste.
|Ski run||Difficulty||Length [m]||Inclination [m]|
|Snejanka 6 - Turisticheska||Light piste||4200||476|
|Snejanka 5 (Snejanka- Ardashla)||Medium||3500||474|
|Snejanka 7 - Smolyan Lakes||Medium||3000||390|
|Snejanka 3 (Snejanka - Dvata mosta)||Difficult ski run||2200||405|
|Snejanka 4 (Snejanka - Evropeiskata)||Difficult ski run||2000||476|
|Studenets - Ski Centre 1||Beginners||1500||130|
|Snejanka 2 - The Wall||Difficult ski run||1100||285|
|Snejanka||Difficult ski run||1060||130|
|Snejanka 1 - The Small Wall||Medium||990||155|
|The South||Difficult ski run||800||90|
|Snejanka 10||Difficult ski run||800||68|
|Malina||Difficult ski run||400||110|
|Turisticheska - The Dam||Beginners||380||30|
|Snejanka - The Dam||Beginners||347||38|
Being one of the most popular mountain resorts in Bulgaria, Pamporovo has a lot to offer for the skiers and snowboarders who love to party and have a good time after the enjoying days on the slopes.
In general there are many places that worth visiting, and there are no places that look similar. Every bar, pub or disco has its unique style and atmosphere. The local people have developed a good selection of places to go.
The staff in most places is professional, very helpful and friendly. English (plus some other popular languages) is widely spoken.
Most of the famous drinks are available. Local or imported alcohols, beers and wines are available at very reasonable prices. Regular "Happy hours" provide drinks on half price to start the night with.
DJs will give their best to make your party special. Music is mainly dance hits, but any requests are welcome.
There is no entrance fee in any disco or club in Pamporovo.
Talking about the night life in the resort, there are few places that deserve special attention:
- The White Hart: Reported to be the hottest spot this winter. Traditionally designed pub with own unique style. Run by Steve Clark this place is the best for party, loads of amusements, Karaoke every Thur, very good food, etc.
- BJ's: in the lobby of hotel Perelik.
- Dak's Bar: on the ground floor of hotel Snejanka.
- Night Flight: in hotel Rojen. A new disco, the largest in Pamporovo. Very good party!
Pamporovo offers luxury comfort in high-class hotels, built in an original Rhodopes style. We have prepared a special selection of the best hotels in Pamporovo, offering excellent quality at the best possible rate.
Browse the hotels and choose the hotel the suit your requirements. We kindly ask you to fill in the booking form and a representative of BulgariaSki.com will be in touch with you shortly.
- Orlovetz hotel is located in the centre of Pamporovo close to Perelik Hotel. Orlovetz hotel offers SPA centre with swimming pool, fitness, etc., Sky bar, summer garden and restaurant, Conference...
- Murgavets Grand Hotel is located in the centre of Pamporovo. The hotel is open to visitors all year round and offers excellent conditions for recreation, sports, tourism, business meetings, seminars and company events and...
- Finlandia hotel is situated amidst evergreen pine forests, 800 meters away from the lifts and ski runs and within walking distance from the resort...
- SPA Hotel Perelik Palace is located 7 km away from Pamporovo, close to the popular tourist area Stoykite and only 500 m away from the brand new 6-seat ski lift to Snejanka...
- Malina Residence Hotel is situated just 200 m away from the Pamporovo ski center, among the tranquility and beauty of the venerable pine...
Places to go during your ski holiday in Pamporovo
Guests of Pamporovo can take tours to some of the remarkable sightseeing around. We have shortlisted some of the resorts and places of interest in the Rhodope mountain nearby Pamporovo resort that worth to be visited.
Smolyan is a town in the Rodopi mountain, just 15 km from Pamporovo ski resort. Smolyan offers a lot of historical and cultural landmarks as well as beautiful nature – lakes, rocks, forests and national parks. Smolyan is a starting position for different mountain routes in the Rodope mountain.
Smolyan Lakes are protected area with splendid landscape - mountain lakes with coniferous forest, varied marsh plant life. They are known as the “emerald eyes of the Rodope Mountains.” They used to be twenty, but now there are just 7 preserved. The whole region is like a natural park.
Bachkovo Monastery - The “Assumption” monastery is the second large monastery in Bulgaria. It is situated in the western part of Rodope Mountain 10 km away from Asenovgrad. It was founded by Grigoriy Bukuriani – Georgian military commander who was at the service of the Byzantine Emperor. After the Ottomans conquered Bulgaria in the end of 14 century the heroic patriarch St. Evtimiy Tarnovski was send into exile in the monastery, were he stayed until the end of the life. He was buried here. At first the monastery survived after the ottomans attacks but later it was burned down and plundered.
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 of 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.
Devin is famous for its favourable climate and mineral water springs. The spa resort of Devin is picturesquely situated on the two banks of Devinska River, in the Western Rodophi Mountains. It is situated only 35 km from Pamporovo ski resort. A balneo-sanatorium and an open-air mineral water pool are built to meet the needs of the healthy holiday-makers. Devin mineral water, bolted in the town, is extensively used for drinking and is ecologically pure.
Gela village is located at the foot of the most magnificent mountain peaks in the Rhodopi mountain. The village is 18 km away from Pamporovo and 30 km away from Smolyan town. Gela village was founded more than 3300 years ago and it has preserved beautiful legends. Every summer the village hosts a National Bagpipe Festival, attracting hundreds of fans of Bulgarian folk music, tourists and professionals.
Trigrad is located at 1240 m above the sea level in the Western part of the Rhodope mountain, nearby the Bulgarian-Greek border. The houses have perched on the rocky hills surrounded by impressive rock massifs.
Among the attractions in the village is a horseback riding base. Rock climbing and delta-planer flights are also available in the region.
Three of the most interesting tourism attractions in Bulgaria are located in close vicinity to the village – these are “Yagodinska” cave, “The Devil's throat” cave and the Trigrad Gorge.
The Trigrad region is one of the biggest carst regions in Bulgaria. There are over 150 caves in the region.
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