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Pamporovo Ski Resort

Pamporovo Resort Guide

Pamporovo, Bulgaria

Rated: 3/5 (from 6 ratings)

Pamporovo Ski Area Highlights
Recommended ForIntermediates, Beginners and Apres-Ski.
Highest Lift1,931m6,335ft
Resort Height1,620m5,315ft
 Nearest AirportsPlovdiv and Sofia
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Pamporovo at a glance

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.

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Pamporovo Facts, Stats and Ratings

Pamporovo Rated

Ratings for Pamporovo
Expert Skiers
Intermediate Skiers
Beginners
Snowboarding
Snow
Apres-Ski

How High is Pamporovo?

Max Vertical and Resort Altitude for Pamporovo
Highest Lift1,931m6,335ft
Resort Altitude (Pamporovo)1,620m5,315ft
Lowest Piste1,444m4,738ft
Max Vertical487m1,598ft

Ski Area, Pistes and Lifts

Pamporovo Ski Area

Piste and Lift Stats for Pamporovo
Black Pistes
Expert Trails
 3 
Red Pistes
Intermediate Runs
 7 
Blue Pistes
Easy Trails
 4 
Green Pistes
Beginner Runs
 5 
Cross Country
Total Length
38km24 miles
Ski Lifts
Number of Lifts
14
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Pamporovo Summary

The Bulgarian Ski Resort of Pamporovo has direct access to 22 marked pistes, served by a total of 14 ski lifts.

The ski resort itself is at 1,620m5,315ft, so skiing or boarding back to the resort is usually possible.

Pamporovo Overview

Pamporovo (sometimes known as Pamps to its friends) is a modern resort built within spectacular pine forests within the historic Rhodope Mountains area. The earliest resort development dates to the 1960s, but was completed with more style than most ski centres created around the world in that decade.

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. The result today are refurbished hotels with a great range of facilities in each.

The beautiful Rhodolpe mountain area has many claims to fame in history and possibly the future. The mythical singer Orpheus is believed to have lived here, one of his songs is currently flying out beyond the solar system on the Voyager space craft seeking out new life and new civilisations.

There may be something in the air here as many of the locals live to be 100+ (they manage to maintain a reputation for friendliness, cooking and singing for all that time too), or it may be just because this claims to be Europe's sunniest ski resort, averaging 270 sunshine days annually.

Finally, Pamporovo is also known for it's high value skiing, shopping and après ski.

Pamporovo - On the Mountain

The most difficult run is the 'The Wall', which is 1km1 miles in length.

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.

Pamporovo offers good sking, particularly, for Intermediate and Beginner skiers.

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.

When is Pamporovo open?

We don't currently have confirmed season dates for Pamporovo.

Usual opening is early December, and usual closing is Mid April.

NOTE:- Lift and Piste openings are always subject to Snow Conditions in Pamporovo.

Snow Making

Pamporovo is able to make snow, on 1km1 miles of ski runs, with 10 snow cannons.

Ski Lift Capacity

The 14 ski lifts of Pamporovo are able to uplift 15,000 skiers and snowboarders every hour.

Where is Pamporovo?

Pamporovo is in Smolyan, Smoljan, Bulgaria.

Map of Pamporovo

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How to get to Pamporovo

 By Air

The nearest airports to Pamporovo are Plovdiv and Sofia, all within three hours drive.

Pamporovo - Off the Mountain

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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