Vitosha mountain is situated only 10 km from Sofia, the capital of Bulgaria. The mountain is good for skiing in the winter and trekking in the summer. There are two ski centers on Vitosha where you can find everything - from pistes for children and ski schools to difficult ones, suitable for advanced skiers.
The Vitosha mountain
The Vitosha mountain is situated only 10 km far from Sofia, the capital of Bulgaria. The mountain is good for skiing in the winter and trekking in the summer. It is easily accessible both in the winter and in the summer but its weather is very changeable.
In Vitosha there are two biosphere preserves - Bistrishko Branishte and Torfeno Branishte. The highest peak of Vitosha is Cherni Vruh (2290 m). The main skiing area is under it.
Vitosha offers excellent conditions for snow sports, with huge skiing areas and many slopes with powder, but last few years the skiing infrastructure and the hotels in the mountain were not developed according to the needs of the tourists.
It starts to snow heavy in December and it is stable till late spring. The snow cover reaches a thickness of 1.5 m. The duration of the skiing season is 120 days and the average temperature of the air is minus 6 ° C. There are good conditions for slalom and cross-country skiing, as well as for tours on foot throughout the mountain.
Concerning the hotels and chalets in the mountain, most of them are basic ones, with very limited facilities and low prices. For guests with higher requirements we recommend the hotels in Simeonovo and Dragalevtsi area of Sofia, which have better facilities and offer very reasonable prices.
How to reach Vitosha mountain
Vitosha is easily accessible by car or bus from Sofia, with several city transport lines going to different places in the mountain.
The Vitosha mountain is situated only 10 km far from Sofia, the capital of Bulgaria. This is the highest ski resort of Bulgaria. The mountain is good for skiing in the winter and trekking in the summer. It is easily accessible both in the winter and in the summer but its weather is very changeable.
Ski slopes on Vitosha mountain
Ski centres: There are two ski centers on Vitosha. Aleko ski centre is the oldest and the most visited one in Bulgaria, on 1800 m above the sea level. Most of the ski pistes are situated around Aleko where you can find everything - from pistes for children and ski schools to difficult ones, suitable for advanced skiers.
On ski piste Akademika, cannons for artificial snow are maintaining the snow cover and night skiing is available usually until 22:00 h.
The highest ski piste is situated under Cherni Vruh peak, serviced by a drag lift and the lower ones are situated in the forests, far away from Aleko.
The second ski center Koniarnika-Vetrovala is located on 1507 m above the sea level.
Ski runs: The ski runs of Vitosha are various and would be suitable for skiers and boarders of any level. Vitosha offers six ski runs with various difficulty and length - the green ski run being the easiest and the Vitoshko Lale the most difficult.
There is also a trail for ski running - Univerisada, 9600 m long.
Ski services: All ski runs have the necessary facilities. There are a number of chair and drag lifts, as well as a Gondola lift starting from the outskirts of Sofia and reaching almost the top of the mountain near Aleko.
The Aleko chalet offers ski for rent and highly qualified ski instructors. Over the weekends in the winter the area and the ski run near the Aleko chalet become overcrowded.
Ski rents are available near the runs or in the hotels.
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