The Most Stunning Ski Slopes in Pamporovo

Pamporovo | © Tihomir/Pixabay
Pamporovo | © Tihomir/Pixabay
Photo of Maria Angelova
12 November 2017

Pamporovo is one of the biggest ski resorts in Bulgaria and the closest to the city of Plovdiv. If you are going to visit it for the first time, be prepared by reading our guide to its best slopes.

Pamporovo slopes overview

Almost all ski slopes in Pamporovo start from the beautiful Snezhanka Peak (translated as Snow White Peak). The ski resort has 10 ski slopes for beginners (blue), including four for absolute beginners (green), four slopes of intermediate level (red), and three advanced (black) runs. Pamporovo has recently integrated the slopes of the smaller Chepelare ski resort into its own and has thus created a larger ski zone with more skiing options. The two ski areas are connected by a free shuttle bus. While the ski slopes of Bansko offer more views to rocky, rough mountain ridges, the Rhodope Mountains where Pamporovo is nestled, are famed for their curvy, soft-shaped highlands and pine trees dominating the scenery.

Malina (red and black)

This slope is perfect for those skiers who are passing from intermediate to advanced level as it offers some challenging areas in its middle, while most of it is doable for all with medium-level skills.

Snezhanka (red and black)

Snezhanka is another slope with a mix of medium and advanced areas to make you sweat your way to mastery.

Perelik (blue)

Perelik is half a mile long and one of the two illuminated slopes in Pamporovo (the other one is the black slope Stenata) that allow you to continue enjoying the snow even after dark. It is located on the south side of the resort. If you want to ride longer, take the parallel Smolyan Lakes slope, which is 2.5 km (1.5 mi) long and ends at Lift 4 (but it’s not illuminated).

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Ski Road Pamporovo (green)

With its 4 km (2.5 mi) slope, Ski Road Pamporovo is one of the longest slopes for beginners in Bulgaria. It is the perfect area to take your first lessons in skiing or snowboarding without feeling intimidated by the huge inclination.

Mechi Chal (red)

Mechi Chal is one of the most scenic descents in the Rhodopes – its start is near a cozy tea house from where a nice, steep 3 km (1.5 mi) slope awaits you down between dense pine-tree forests. Shortly after the start of the slope, a little bit inside the forest to the right, there is a charming natural phenomenon – a spruce tree that branches from the stem, which has more than 20 parallel treetops.

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Fun park

For those who prefer the more extreme side of the winter, there is the Fun Park at Pamporovo with its half-pipe and opportunities for jumps and twists.

You can find an interactive map of the ski slopes in Pamporovo and Mechi Chal in Chepelare here.

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