Pay for one Pamporovo lift pass and take two

Only an inch of snow on the hills of the Rhodopes was enough to boost the hype of those eager to ski and skate on the slopes of the largest in area Bulgarian mountain. And they already know what are the prices of all types of Pamporovo lift pass – actually, the Rhodopes complex was the first among all top Bulgarian winter resorts to issuing a list of fees. The good news for all snowy ride lovers is that the cost for the daily Pamporovo ski pass remains unchanged for the 2017-18 season compared to the previous season and beyond that numerous opportunities are available for a longer stay and family vacations.

Pamporovo ski pass prices

Pay for one and use two – this concept is where Rhodopes winter centre beat the competition in Bulgaria. Pamporovo resort joins forces with the nearby Mechi Chal and both compose a kind of ski vacation multiplex despite the connection between is accomplished only by shuttle buses bringing tourist from one place to another. There are plans in the making to link both resorts with slopes and lifts but even before the materialization of such scenario which will make that winter complex effectively the biggest on the Balkans, paying for a Pamporovo lift pass grants access to the piste of Mechi Chal too.

But it’s not vice-versa – you can pay for Mechi Chal only, the daily pass for the lift in the vicinity of the town of Chepelare amounts to 39 BGN (20 Euro). Cheaper than the Pamporovo ski pass costing 55 BGN (28 Euro) but the higher fee opens the possibility to run down on 15 slopes in the whole area while Mechi Chal alone has one piste alone even if it’s almost 3 km long.

The options for Pamporovo lift passes start from a half-day ride (39 BGN, for a 4 hours window in the morning or in the afternoon) and go up to 13 days. The price of a 2-week card is 600 BGN and sums up for less than 11 daily ski passes – two days for free. Well, most of the people don’t have the time and the money to spend but weekly Pamporovo lift pass represents also a good option – 338 BGN, a little bit more than 6 separate daily tickets. And for those who will to ski all winter, the season card costs 1080 BGN (roughly 550 Euro).

Sure, the kids use a significant discount. The access is free for children below the age of 7 and a daily Pamporovo ski pass for anyone younger than 12 years costs only 33 BGN. For a week the fee for a child is 189 BGN (below 100 Euro), for the whole season – 597 BGN (just a bit above 300 Euro). The most attractive options from the Rhodopes resort come with the family packages. It could be one adult plus two children (304 BGN for three days, 652 for a week) or two adults plus one child (368 BGN for three days, 788 for a week), even families with three children are on the list – the more, the merrier. Family packages are limited up to 9 days and teenagers are not included in the discount – everyone from 13 years and up pays the price for an adult. For the standard combination of two parents and two children, it will cost 448 BGN for three days, 960 BGN for a week and 1140 BGN for nine days.

So many options to obtain the Pamporovo lift pass that suits you the most and one of the most affordable across Europe. Calculating what will a winter vacation in Rhodopes cost you, check also the ski packs and services’ prices on Balkan Holidays. One of the sunniest winter resorts welcomes you with some of the best opportunities for a nice ski holiday.

Borovets Ski Resort – The Ultimate Après Spot

Borovets ski resort

If there is one word that describes Borovets ski resort best that is fun.  The resort is famous for its après-ski with approximately four bars per sq km and relatively low prices. However, the busy nightlife is not the only thing that attracts tourists to Borovets. The combination of quality avant-ski and excellent après makes the little resort a hot place for anyone who wants to enjoy not only great ski area, but also lively venues.

About Borovets

Borovets is the oldest and one of the most famous ski resorts in Bulgaria.  With its beautiful scenery and majestic peaks, it’s no wonder it was once an exclusive getaway for Bulgarian kings and political elite. Nowadays, Borovets ski resort is modernized and popular with both foreign tourists and locals. It is situated less than two hours away from to the capital Sofia, with regular bus services and options for renting a car making it easy to get there.

Borovets Ski Pistes and Slopes

Borovets is set in the highest mountain on the Balkans – Rila Mountain and sits at 1,300m with slopes rising up to 2,550m. It is an Alpine type resort that provides great conditions for all kind of snow sports including skiing, snowboarding, night-skiing, cross-country skiing, ski-doo, ski jumps and biathlon, etc. There are 58km of mainly intermediate pistes served by 12 lifts. The resort also has two terrain parks, suitable for all levels. More than half of the slopes are covered by snowmaking. The pistes crave their way through gorgeous pine forests, guaranteeing stunning views while on the slopes.

Right above the resort village is situated the largest of the three ski centres –  Sitnyakovo ski centre. This area offers a mix of gentle, winding slopes, some progressive pistes and a few tricky downhills. The highest available altitude option is Markudjik ski centre with skiing up to 2,550m, while Yastrebets is considered to have the best slopes in Borovets.  The latter contains the FIS runs and the Borosport Snow Park. The park is equipped with three lanes of kickers, boxers and rails that vary in their size and difficulty.  If a full day of skiing and snowboarding is not enough, night skiing is also available on eight runs every day between 6pm and 9pm.

Ski Schools

Borovets is the perfect place to learn to ski or snowboard with some excellent schools. Many of the instructors there are former professional skiers that can help you develop and sharpen your skills until you are confident to venture out on your own.

Cosy Resort Village

Borovets is a charming little place with modern facilities and a nice folklore tinge. It has a great mix of hotels, the majority of which are within a walking distance of the lifts, as well as shops, bars, restaurants and nightclubs. Since Borovets is visited regularly by tourists for many years, the stuff is accustomed to serving foreigners and are friendly and helpful. The village’s unique character is enhanced by the delectable local cuisine and unsurpassed hospitality.

Apres-Ski

Aside from the exciting nightlife, there are plenty of things to do while staying at Borovets. Guests of the town can take trips to the nearby sightseeing such as the UNESCO World Heritage Centre Rila Monastery. Seven Rila Lakes are one of the country’s most popular tourist attractions, while Malyovitsa resort (40 km away from Borovets) is one of the best sites for hiking because of its picturesque views and mesmerizing nature.

Nightlife

Borovets’ reputation of a party resort is absolutely justified. With numerous bars, cafes and nightclubs, you will never get bored around here. Some places work until the early morning at prices which are more than appealing and even offer “happy hours “discount. The clubs tend to gather a lot of tourists and are a good place to mingle and meet new people.

Those who prefer to get a taste of the local folk traditions can attend the regular folklore evenings and enjoy Bulgarian rhythms and dances while tasting native dishes and internationally renowned Bulgarian wines. If you are feeling adventurous you can even try the traditional Bulgarian drink Rakia, that will surely warm you up after a day on the pistes.

Shopping

Borovets has a handful of shops, kiosks and stall clustered around the village centre. If you are looking for branded ski wear and other clothing, you can check the stores in the Hotel Rila and Samokov. The stalls that are set up along the main street, also sell skis, ski clothing, as well as CDs and souvenirs.

Medical Services

Ski Medical Services in Borovets

All skill slopes in Borovets are equipped with first aid service. Ambulance, mountain rescue service and a clinic with a doctor and nurse are at the disposal of the guests of the resort village. Hospitals, X-ray facilities, and pharmacies are available in the town of Samokov. Keep in mind that some medical services are required to be paid in cash. You will be provided with the receipts which you can use to claim back your expenses from your insurance company once you get back to home.