Pamporovo – the sunniest and the southernmost ski resort in Europe, is nestled in the heart of the Rhodope mountains, at the foot of Mount Snezhanka (meaning in Bulgarian Snow White) - 1925 m above the sea level, said to have once been the home of Orpheus.
It is 240 km far from Sofia, 85 km from Plovdiv, 16 km from Smolyan, 12 km from Chepelare and some 35 m away from Devin.
The fabulous Bulgarian winter ski resort, set amongst magnificent pine forests and sunny meadows is under the significant meteorological influence of the Aegean Sea with a skiing season from mid December to mid April and number of sunny days during the season exceeding 150 days. The climate of Pamporovo is certainly an exclusive one moderate and mild with a Mediteranean influence. Typical of this region is that nature does not change it is moods abruptly, there is no danger of avalanche and that guarantees the tranquility and safety of your vacation.
With fantastic facilities Pamporovo is possible best know for the widely renowned Pamporovo ski school which is a winner of the prestigious "Mark of excellence" award and N 1 in Europe for the last season. More than 100 highly qualified ski instrtuctors fluent in different languages are here to teach both beginners and intermediate skiers and snowboarders. Here, at the smallest of the Bulgarian ski resorts, even at the "rush hour", you will find the queues are shorter and the slopes are less crowded to make your skiing experience one you will never forget.
For this season the newest Pomagalski gondola lift will be in use with total length of 2 992 m and capacity of 2400 persons per hour. The artificial snow of Sufag and York snow systems with total length of snow coverage 4 034 m provide excellent conditions on the slopes for a longer season.
BEGINNERS: Pamporovo's ski terrain is ideal for first – timers , with no less than 11 easy slopes to learn on , four of which are especially designed for the low – skilled and children.The internationally renowned ski school at Pamporovo offers the best possible start for beginners. There are several drag lifts on the nursery slopes, but under the expert tuition it won't take long for any beginner to be heading for the higher slopes on the mountain long before the week is out.
INTERMEDIATE: Moderate intermediates and reasonable skiers will find Pamporovo a very good palce for their second or third ski holiday. With fewer people on the slopes and fast–modern lifts, you'll appreciate more time on the well groomed slopes. 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. For intermediate and advanced skiers only, we can now offers a ski guide service (guide only, no instruction) – the experienced instructor will explain the difficulties ran the abrupt trails or other surprises on the slopes. And if the off – the - slopes skiing is your aim - you'definetly need a qualified escort.
ADVANCED: Advanced skiers will relish the challenge of the "Wall", accessible from the drag lift from the middle station. This is undoubtedly Pamporovo's most exciting run and a combination of being difficult, steep and mogulled. There is an international slalom course to time yourself on, as some interesting long reds including the men's and women's downhill through the "wild" snows-covered slopes.
SNOWBOARDING: One of the most extreme winter sports is a cult in Pamporovo. The resort is great for snowboarding as nursery slopes are suitable for perfecting the techniques you can later exhibit on the slopes further up the mountain!
At Snezhanka 1 trail (the Petit – Wall) the local snowboarding club has built a half – pipe – 150 m long with 3 m high wall.
APRES – SKI: The entertainment at the resort starts long before the sun sets. As well as being an ideal centre for skiers, there's plenty going on in Pamporovo for those who simply enjoy a winter holiday in a lively mountain resort. While you are in Pamporovo you really should sample the delight of the local folk restaurants that serve traditional local specialties with some extremely palatable Bulgarian wines. The Rhodopean cuisine is an exquisite one and local specialties like Kavarma, Rhodopean banitsa or Cheverme (lamb on a spit) will tempt even the hard to be pleased gourmets!
And, if you are not exhausted yet, a large choice of night–life opportunities is waiting for you. In general, there are many places worth visiting after you've kicked your skis off the day. This is the reason why many skiers come back to Pamporovo year after year.
Height of the resort above sea level — 1650 m
Skiing area range — from 1650 m to 1926 m
Slopes face north and north-west
Total length of ski-runs Pamporovo is 24 km
Longest ski-run is 4,2 km
Cross-country ski-track is 30 km
Artificial snow area is 2134 m
Snowboard: free-ride and ski-runs.
5 chair-lifts and 4 drag-lifts.