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Skiing in Pamporovo
Pamporovo - Bulgarian Ski Resort (1444m to 1931m)
Pleasant purpose-built centre in spectacular pine forests. There may be something in the air here as many of the locals live to be 100+, or it may be just because this claims to be Europe's sunniest ski resort, averaging 270 sunshine days annually. The resort was partially privatised soon after the end of the Communist era in Bulgaria in the 1990s and a majority share holding in the profitable resort was sold by the government in 2000.
Pamporovo Ski Facts
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The Bulgarian ski resort of Pamporovo has direct access to 22 individual pistes, served by 14 ski lifts.
The ski resort itself is above 1500m, so skiing or boarding back to the resort is usually possible.
Snowmaking :- Pamporovo is able to augment natural snow, on 1km of ski runs, with 10 Snow Cannons.
Ski Lift Capacity :- The 14 Ski Lifts of Pamporovo are able to uplift 15,000 skiers / snowboarders per hour.
There is an airport within two hours drive, so ski weekends, snowboard breaks and short ski holidays to Pamporovo are perfectly feasible.
Skiing in Pamporovo
Most of Pamporovo's ski runs descend from the top of the mountain and are suitable for all ability levels, although beginners and intermediates will find the most to do here.
The ski area is linked to the hotels and village by a regular shuttle bus which is efficient but can get full before the last pick up in either direction at busy times.
Ski runs descend from beneath the imposing television tower at 1925m down to 1450m - a 475m maximum vertical which does not compare with the Alps but is adequate for most. Runs descend through the forested north, east and west slopes of mount Snejanka.
A new quad lift from the resort to Studenets replaced an old single man lift that was operating there, greatly increasing uplift efficiency.
It's a great resort for beginners on several levels. Firstly there's the sunshine and snow record, secondly two thirds of the trails are graded easy and third and most important, the ski school is one of the most highly regarded in Europe. Highly qualified instructors, each speaking at least two foreign languages, train beginners, in groups or individually.
Intermediate skiers have the longest runs including number five, down to Ardashla at 3.1km (two miles) in length.
The most difficult run is The Wall, one of two blacks at the area, a steep and challenging mogul field.
There is also good off-piste skiing when conditions are right and plenty of expert guides to show it to you.
There are three cross-country runs in Pamporovo with 25km of trails in total.
There are also no less than nine ski rental and storage locations around the base of the slopes.
Snowboarding in Pamporovo
There's no commitment to a regular terrain park or similar by Pamporovo, but rentals and tuition are available and the wide open runs are good for cruising. The low prices also tend to create a boarder friendly atmosphere on and off the slopes.
Pamporovo Aprés Ski
BJ's bar in the Perelik hotel bar is usually the most popular spot in town. Several other hotels have lively bars and integral night clubs. Another popular bar is Daks in the Snezhanka Hotel. Theme bars are order of the day including Irish in the Pamporovo hotel and Greek Taverna in the Perelik. There's normally good service and high value in all.
There are also plenty of other activities on offer, including the modernised bowling alley in the Hotel Perelik. Traditional Bulgarian entertainment is also to be found including walking on coals at the Bulgarian Barbecue and Grill.
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Pamporovo in brief
Pamporovo Ski Resort is:
Ok for Expert Skiers.
Very good for Intermediate Skiers.
Very good for Beginners.
Ok for Snowboarding.
Opened : December 1, 2012
Closed : April 14, 2013
Opening Subject To Snow Conditions.
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