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Pamporovo lies at the heart of the Rhodopi mountains, nestled at the foot of the Snejanka peak. Known as the sunniest ski resort in Bulgaria, it is covered in scenic pine forests giving it a cosy alpine atmosphere. The mild climate at Pamporovo means it has more than 240 sunny days each year and gives you the added bonus of a golden tan to take back from your ski trip.

The gentle profile of the mountain with its rounded slopes and summits makes Pamporovo particularly suitable for beginners, with long, swooshing green and blue runs. There are 4 nursery slopes at the foot of Snejanka peak and along its western slope - the Snejanka-South, the Bus Station, Malina and Panorama runs. All of the pistes descend from the scenic peak of the Snezhanka mountain.

The area offers fabulous gentle courses for intermediates, but not a huge amount of piste for expert skiers to tackle apart from the Giant Slalom run and The Wall, a steep mogul field. There is opportunity for great off-piste skiing, and the wide open slopes lend themselves particularly well to beginner and intermediate snowboarders offering plenty of excellent cruising terrain.

Known for its family-friendliness, the resort has a great ski school and nursery slopes right next to the village. With Bulgarian costs considerably lower than many other resorts, a trip to Pamporovo could be a great chance to splurge o an individual lesson or two with an instructor. Après ski in Pamporovo is reasonably lively with plenty of options to choose from, whether you prefer sipping wine in a cosy piano bar, or partying the night away in a club. You can see why this is one of the most popular resorts in Bulgaria for families and beginners - a gentle, beautifully scenic resort with plenty of snow, sparkling sunshine and affordable prices.

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Pamporovo for Different Ski Abilities

Beginner skiers

We recommend you take advantage of the skilled and friendly ski school at Pamporovo who will quickly help you master the basics of skiing or snowboarding. The prices are very reasonable, and you probably won't get decent tuition this cheap at many other ski resorts. You can start out on the great nursery slopes, and within a few days you can move on to the many easy scenic runs around the resort.

Intermediate skiers

Most of the mountain will be at your fingertips as an intermediate skier or snowboarder. Jump on the triple chairlift from the Malina station which will whisk you up to the top of Snejanka peak. From here you can survey the whole resort and take your pick of scenic runs. The intermediates that will probably have the best time at Pamporovo are those that haven't been skiing for that long and who are looking to practice and improve their confidence and technique.

Expert skiers

Advanced skiers won't have a wide choice of exciting runs at Pamporovo but they will enjoy the resorts most exciting and challenging run, The Wall. Jump on the drag lift from the middle station up to the side of the run and then let loose on the steep, mougled piste. You'll also enjoy the Slalom run, and another testing piste from the TV tower, after the last station of the triple chair.

Pamporovo Ski Schools

The ski/snowboard school of Pamporovo is well known for its high quality tuition and experienced ski instructors. It's one of the best in the country, providing the top possible start for beginners. The ski lessons happen for four hours a day, six days a week, and the school is situated just a few minutes from the centre of the resort.

 Après Ski and Off the Mountain Activities

 Après Ski

Part of the reason Pamporovo is so popular is its thriving après-ski scene. There's a great selection of unique bars to work your way though, most offering happy hours and local and imported beers, wines and spirits at very reasonable prices.  There are some great clubs to move on to later in the night, and there are no cover charges. Popular spots include: - The White Hart pub, Dak's Bar on the ground floor of hotel Snejanka and club Night Flight. There's a wide variety of restaurants offering good international cuisine, but the local folk taverns are the most popular. Whole sheep are roasted over open fires and dancers in folklore costumes tell their stories. Many restaurants also serve traditional Rhodope cuisine includes lamb kebab or cheverme, stuffed vine leaves or sarmi, white bean stew or smolenski bob, and a local variation of the traditional Bulgarian cheese banitsa with potatoes or so-called potatnik. Elsewhere you can get everything from good pizza to more upmarket dining and superb Bulgarian wines.

Off the mountain 

There are lots of great day trips to be taken in the scenic area around Pamporovo. Try heading to Plovdiv or the nearby town of Smolyan. Sofia and the Bachkovo Monastery both beautiful as well. Talk to the locals when you arrive as well, as they can often recommend hidden gems. If you like shopping there is a good selection to peruse, and you can also try your hand at bowling, ice skating, skidooing and tabboganing.

How to get to Pamporovo

by air

The closest airport to Pamporovo is in the city of Plovdiv, about 80 kilometres from the resort. Sofia airport (230 km) is also an option.