The resort of Pamporovo has a unique claim to fame, this bright, modern ski resort high in the Rhodope mountains is the sunniest mountain resort in Europe. Pamporovo boasts on average no less than 270 sunny days a year and in the winter provides an ideal combination, plenty of snow and sparkling sunshine to show off the resort at its best. Pamporovo holidays are particularly suited for both beginners and intermediates, however, Pamporovo's Giant Slalom run will ensure that any experts are more than happy.
Your Pamporovo lift pass will also give you access to the slopes at Chepelare resort with a free shuttle bus service to take you between the resorts. Chepelare, lying in a small valley at the heart of the Rhodopi Mountain, just 10 km from Pamporovo offers ski runs that vary in difficulty from green to black as well as the longest ski run in Bulgaria. A high-speed quad lift connects the town with the Mechi Chal peak while a few smaller drag lifts are also available to the skiers on the slopes.
Pamporovo Resort Guide
The compact resort of Pamporovo has 38 kilometers of marked ski runs in the Pamporovo ski zone as well as in ski zone Mechi Chal, accessible by a combination of chair and drag lifts, including a 6 man chairlift and 25 kilometers of cross country trails, making Pamporovo holidays a great choice for any ski addicts. After a great day's skiing, the apres-ski in Pamporovo is fun and inexpensive with lively bars and disco's waiting to welcome you in. For those wanting to sample a bit of true Bulgarian life, head to one of the many local folk restaurants to try the local specialties accompanied by some popular Bulgarian wine.
A great choice of nursery slopes makes this a great resort for beginners and after mastering the nursery slopes, there are plenty of easy and scenic runs higher up the mountain. For the more intermediate skier and snowboarder, there are plenty of red runs that are excellent and a great place to practice and improve your technique. While the more advanced skier will no doubt enjoy the 'The Wall' the famous World Cup Downhill run as well as the 3,000m long Mechi Chal ski slope near Chepelare.
Apres-ski in Pamporovo is fun and inexpensive and there are discos and a number of lively bars available. While you are in Pamporovo, you really should sample the delights of the local folk restaurants that serve traditional Rhodopi specialties with some extremely palatable Bulgarian wines. In addition, there is always the ever-popular Diploma Presentation Evening.
As well as being an ideal winter sports centre, there's plenty going on in Pamporovo for those who simply enjoy a winter holiday in a picturesque mountain resort. Try bowling, clubbing, or billiards. Enjoy dinner at a BBQ restaurant with a floor show, traditional songs, and dances.
Off the slopes activities and excursions
There is a great variety of activities & excursions available to book on the spot through your local representative. A torch-lit walk through the forest listening to local folklore stories, snow tubing, and an exhilarating ride on a powerful snowmobile are only a few of the options the resort has got to offer. Children aged 2-11 get a reduction in selected activities.
There is a shopping centre in Hotel Perelik which also has a Post Office and souvenir shops.
Mountain rescue service, ambulance, and clinic (with doctor and nurse) plus first aid are available on all ski slopes. There are fully equipped hospitals in Smolyan and Plovdiv with a 24-hour pharmacy service. Please note: Some medical services must be paid for, in cash, locally. They will provide receipts to enable you to claim back from your insurance company once you get back to the UK.