5 new pistes for the skiers in Pamporovo

5 new pistes for the skiers in Pamporovo

Valentin Hadgiev, 18.10.05, 24 Hours Daily

It is not necessary to show lift cart to a reading device or an inspector to tear tickets for the equipment. The lift carts are equipped with a chip, which gives opportunity to read the information form distance and the hands of the skier remain free. The system hands free is a hit in the European winter resorts. It allows in every single moment from the day to report the number of tourists on a monitor via optical cable and software. The newest lift which is close to the bus station near the ski ground “Studenets” offers a speeding track for the skiers during lifting, which carries it with the needed speed to the seat and the skier can just relax. The four seat lift is a last model of the Austrian company Doppelmayer. If there is any problem the producers can manage the maintenance process. Before that “Pamporovo” Joint Stock Company, who owns all the lift equipment in the resort, constructed a new fast lift from Studenets to Snajanka. It takes the distance of 1100 meters to the TV tower on Snejanka peak for just 5 minutes and 18 seconds. The total capacity of the 5 lifts is 9000 people per hour. In the hectic days the resort can accommodate 15 000 people, so some of the tourists will have to wait for a short time to get to the equipment. Four ski drugs and 6 portable drugs for children will also transport tourists. This year the prices for foreign tourists and for Bulgarians will be the same. Pamporovo was the only winter resort, which didn’t stop its lifts for the summer. The monitor that supervises the number of tourists has recorded that 11555 tourists used just one of the lifts. The skiers in Pamporovo will have the chance to use the five new pistes- two in the Yiazovira site and 3 left of the “Black Wall”. Their total length is 5 kilometers and together with the old pistes their length is 31 kilometers. The floods during the summer season in the municipal eroded part of the pistes. “The pistes are drained and grassed”, explained Shopov. Parts of them in the region of the ski ground “Studenets” are lighted and this will make it possible for the tourists to ski during the evening. 2100 meters from the pistes are equipped with 5 cannons and total 28 hydrants for artificial snow. 1, 20 meters underground tubes for water supply are hidden, to protect them from freezing. The water is supplied from a dam under Snejanka peak. The system for artificial snow is from the Austrian company “Sufag”. It can start working with the pressing of just one button or from distance with a SMS. The problem with the snow on the steep pistes in the resort is decided with two new Kesborer ratrcks. They are equipped with 1.5 km long ropes, which help the positioning of the snow cannons on the highest cliffs. The maintenance of difficult sites will be done by the brand new “AEBI”. The machine can do many things at one and the same time- it is rotor, it can clear snow, stamp the pistes, and during the summer it can mow the grass. The Swedish T- ratrack will clear the infrastructure of sites in the resorts. It will help for the maintenance of the snowboard groove. The only half pipe for snowboard with Olympic sizes will function in the resort. Those who enjoy the attractive snow sport will can use the 250 new devices for rent. The ski cloakroom of Pamporovo Joint Stock Companywill offers 1800 Rossignol carving. 100 Atomic will be offered to the experts. The equipment is the latest model; they are very fast and are not recommended for beginners. We plan to invest in more lifts and pistes, said the executive director of Pamporovo Joint Stock Company Nikolai Iliev. A lot of hotels and villa site are being constructed in the resort and the visitors need more space for skiing. The problem with the small capacity of the pistes will be felt next year when the 10 new hotels will open in the resort. This season the only new hotel is the 5 star “Orlovets”. It is actually the most luxurious hotel in the resort and it offers 210 beds. 40% more skiers are expected in the resort compared to last year According to the managers of the hotels the prices will went 10- 15 % higher during the winter season, because of the extra expenses for heating and fuel.

     
  • Ana Whitton From UK
    Sent on 06 March 2019
    I wanted to write a proper review of our hotel and experience while in Pamporovo, so this is the addition to my email. We flew to Sofia and the pre booked taxi transport was waiting for us. The driver (Kosta) was wonderful and we felt really safe with him driving. Our flight was late and we arrived to the Dafovska hotel after midnight. The reception was open and they were waiting for us. We were given sandwiches and water and shown to our room. The rooms were spacious and warm, the beds comfortable, bathroom lovely and clean. Plenty of hot water, the towels were changed every day and bins emptied. The hotel has Jacuzzi, sauna and steam room which is 12 leva per person with towels. I would have liked the water in the Jacuzzi to be a bit warmer. We went in every day after skiing, apart from one when we tried a different hotel. Snezanka hotel has a swimming pool too. Its ok but it was too busy for us and we decided to stick with ours. Their changing rooms are very very small and you have to pay extra for the towels. We chose half board. There was many things to choose for breakfast, hot food, pancakes, fruit, cereal & toast. Apple & orange juice as well as many teas and coffees. I have to admit I always take my own tea bags . Not having to cook dinner after a day skiing was very welcome. There isn’t really a great choice for strict vegetarians, but I always managed to find tasty food to eat. You can buy drinks from the bar, or bring your own. There is a free shuttle bus that takes you to ski centre Malina. Very busy ski centre. We met with the representative Nelly there. I would have preferred to have the information on what time to be where when we arrived. Nelly organised our helmets (you need to rent this separately, 5 leva per person), ski equipment and our instructor. Well! I cannot give more glowing review for our instructor! Alex was amazing, very patient, very friendly and knowledgeable. We had lessons in the morning, then lunch, which he was very good to organise with the local bar, then another set of lessons. The food in the bars by the ski school and at the top of the slope was very good. Big portions, quickly delivered. I only needed soup at lunch time which were homemade and delicious. Staff, at the ski centre and gondolas, didn’t always speak a lot of English or smile enough but they were never the less very helpful especially with children and beginners. We skied on our last day too and we were picked up from the hotel by a taxi to be taken to the airport. This taxi driver was not so careful and good at driving and we could not wait to get to Sofia and get out of his car. The whole organisation of our trip with BulgariaSki was excellent! Thank you all
  • Richard From England
    Sent on 10 February 2019
    Have just spent 5 nights at the hotel for the second year. Still same high standards. Had a after ski massage with Kateriua, spot on girl knows her stuff. Highly recommended her.
  • Tommyboy From Scotland
    Sent on 07 April 2018
    5th time skiing in Bansko, have been here over Xmas period and Easter break, hasn't always been a lot of snow but enough to ski for five days. It is a good value for money skiing holiday for those on a budget, food very good value and varied depending on taste, some restaurants better than others, again depending on personal taste. Not to sure what the nightlife is like as we stay in our timeshare resort The Balkan Jewel which is 3 > 4 miles out of Bansko, they operate a free shuttle bus but the last one back from town is at 4.30pm therefore going back into town would require the use of taxis. I am sure we will be back in the future.
  • Mitko From Bulgaria
    Sent on 28 February 2018
    Dear all, Borovets is a nice place to be, but it is risky to ski there. The slopes for advanced skiers are crossing the slopes for beginners and the slopes are negligently prepared with icy spots and snow heap places. This all is a precondition for accidents. The ski lifts are maintained all on the surface, they stop frequently and the gondola had to be scrapped years ago. So be careful when skiing in Borovets!
  • Lene willsea From N.i
    Sent on 28 February 2018
    I love Pomporova. Its our home from home.We first went in 2008, the airport was a portacabin and the lifts were a dangling wooden chair.. The place improves year on year. I would highly recommend it. VERY CHEAP once ur there. But with all upgrades the prices to travel are clinbing. Jumped 200 in two yrs.
  • Neo From United Kingdom
    Sent on 15 February 2018
    The hotel it’s a brilliant idea however there are aspects you would be surprised to stumble upon We arrived late at night about 10pm. Greater by a very polite hostes she kindly provided us with prepacked sandwiches as the restaurant closed at 9pm ( we called in advance to ask if such is possible especially when you have young ckranky from long travel hours in multiple travel vechicles The room very spatious. Bed cover had some suspicious sticky stains that absolutely horrified me at the thought that my children could possibly put their tiny hands on to that. One of the bath robes provided had a black stain on its back, the other bath robe had its pocket thorn out and just hanging. There was a massive flaky, mouldy, damp patch in the corner on the ceiling. The toilet was leaking on the floor. Breakfast food was cold and rancid with a queue for pncakes quite long and very impatient as pancakes was the only food that you could have still warm. Boiled eggs were cold and so hard the yolk was dusty . Fried eggs were dry... won’t even go to details about the rest of the food. As the drinks offered to be purchased by the restaurant aren’t the healthiest of choice for children (all the juices on choice contained added multiple preserving agents and colourants) we asked if possible to have some tap water. It proved to be a terrible mistake, we were told that yes but we would have to pay for it, then told that if they bring a jug for us everyone else will be asking for it, then he brought a manager who was more rude than the server and plainly put it that even if we have children asking for water we would have to buy bottled water and she is not prepared to give us water for free, unnecessarily often stressing the ?free’ word. There are far more many good things that are good about this hotel. It’s main let down it’s restaurant staff who are poor hospitality professionals and frankly plain rude.
  • Nigel Buckle From United Kingdom
    Sent on 17 December 2017
    I have stayed at the Orlovetz for 6 out of the last 8 years and will be returning in 2018 for another week. It has become my 'Winter retreat'. A modern hotel that stands out due to its prominent position and its design. The rooms are comfortable and warm with plenty of wardrobe space and an area to relax. The safe is in the wardrobe, which is really useful for your valuables. There is a decently equipped gym, a small pool (though you can also use the larger pool in the Perelik as well) a Sauna and massage treatments, great for those aches from the first days of skiing ! The restaurant was made larger a couple of years ago and now accommodates more guests. Both breakfast and dinner are buffet style, the food, in general, is of good quality and there usually at least four different options at dinner. There is a small bar in the lobby area and a Piano Bar on the top floor that has stunning views across the surrounding district. As it is the sister hotel to the Perelik there is a tunnelway that links the two and saves you going out in the snow if you choose to use the alternative facilities provided there. One of them being 'The Pub' (previously known as the Pampi Bar) plus a couple of night clubs and a bowling alley. Also as the Orlovetz is just across from the Schnezanka it is only a short walk to Daks Bar, often used as the first mornings meeting place for your ski passes etc.,which is a lively night spot with live music and very popular. In all a great Hotel within a great small town, try it , Pamper yourself !
  • Liz From England
    Sent on 19 November 2017
    I went with my daughter January 2018. I was a cheap half board flights included and we wasn’t expecting much.... but what a fantastic week we had!! Stayed at the Lion hotel which is about a 10-15 minute walk to the slopes/town. A free shuttle is provide by the hotel. The hotel and staff are lovely. The food was always varied and hot. My daughter and I are vegetarians and in only two nights were we disappointed with the choice - but we heaped up on pudding so didn’t go hungry. Am lucky enough to be going back in 2018.
  • val From United Kingdom
    Sent on 15 February 2017
    group of us just back from borovets.we arrived 4th feb 2017 and departed 11th feb.had a great time.hotel rila was fab.great gym and spa.food was good.ski school was great.we had a really good instructor Martin Hristov.he was really good with everyone took time to try and learn everyone.we all had a great time thankyou.will be back next yearx
  • Alison From England
    Sent on 15 January 2017
    I wonder if the poor review is really about the Winslow Elegance. We have been going for years. It does not serve food and never has done. However, the spacious accommodation is for self-catering. We have always found it to be clean and we have always found that the reception staff can not do enough for you. We are looking forward to our next visit in February, 2017, Bring it on!!
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