The excellent ski runs comply with the standards of FIS and are located in two main ski-centers – Chalin Valog (The peak’s hollow) (1100-1600 m. a.s.l.) and Shiligarnika (1700-2500 m. a.s.l.). They are situated at approx. 10 km distance away of the town on the northern slopes of Pirin Mountains and are easily accessible by lift starting from Bansko. The total length of the pistes is about 65 km. Several tens of snow cannons maintain the snow coverage in perfect conditions when necessary, making the ski season last longer. Variety of many different inclines and types of snow offer the best opportunities for ski enthusiasts of all levels, from the absolute beginner to the extreme high performer. Some good off-piste riding is available but local knowledge is essential to avoid the hidden dangers.
The snowboard fans can enjoy the first on the Balkans attraction park where they are allowed to build jumps suiting their taste and abilities best. The lifts are several different types, that are built to ensure skiers with choice and comfort. These are: 8-seats Gondola, five 4- seats lifts of the latest Doppelmayer models, one 3-seats lift by Poma, 7 drags and 10 baby drags. The total length of the wire equipment in the resort is 26 kilometers. All ski equipment can be used by one chip-card. There are several monitors broadcasting live the conditions of the upper parts of the lifts, preparing people of the weather expecting them a bit higher in the mountains.
- Altitude of the ski runs: 1100 – 2560 m
- Highest ski point: 2560 m
- Marked ski runs: 65 km
- Main slopes exposure: North
- There are 6 chair lifts, 1 gondola lift; 7 drags and 10 baby drags
- Longest ski run: 3.5 km
- The cross-country skiing course is 9 km
There are over 45 km of ski runs (19 in number) varying in difficulty and length, grouped in 3 regions: Sitniakovo, Markoudzhik and Yastrebets provide skiers with perfect conditions for their favourite sport. All tracks are divided according to their level of difficulty and they can satisfy any skill level – beginners, intermediate or advanced skiers. The pistes of Yastrebets are the best – almost all of the competitions in the resort are taking place there!
Usually the slopes of Borovets have snow cover from mid December till mid April or about 120-150 days as a total.
There are available ski runs for beginners, intermediates and advanced skiers, designed with international markings and multilingual signs. Pistes are bashed and maintained to the high standard.
- Height of resort: 1350 m a.s.l.
- Highest skiing area: 2560 m a.s.l.
- Total length of runs: more than 45 km
- Longest run: 5,8 km
- Main direction of slopes: North
- Cross country tracks length: 18 km
- Lift system: 2 chair lifts, 6 drag lifts, 1 gondola, few baby drag lifts
As the oldest mountains in Bulgaria, the Rodopi Mountains are characterized with their rounded hills and slopes, making the resort and the mountains in general perfect for beginners. But there are also difficult ski runs like the Giant Slalom run which is an excellent exercise even for advanced skiers.
The ski runs of Pamporovo are located between 1926 and 1450 m a.s.l. on the Northern, Eastern and Western slopes of Mount Snezhanka. All major ski runs start from the peak of the mountain, where the high TV transmission tower is located. Places for freerides are abundant in the mountains, however we recommend using a local guide when going off-piste.
- Average height of resort: 1650 m a.s.l.
- Highest skiing area: 1932 m a.s.l.
- Total length of runs: 17,5 km alpine tracks with various grades of difficulty; 34 km. long-distance running tracks
- Longest run: 4 km
- Total runs: 25
- Main direction of slopes: North, East, West
- Lift system: 6 chair lifts, 13 surface lifts, 1 gondola, few baby drag lifts
- One of the best ski schools in Europe