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Environmental groups and ski resorts standoff in Bulgaria

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Another ski resort in Bulgaria is coming under harsh scrutiny by environmental groups.

The company that runs the Vitosha ski area, the main Bulgarian ski centre for the country’s capital Sofia, has said it won’t open the ski centre this winter as the long-running conflict between environmental groups and ski resort operators intensifies. Continue reading ‘Environmental groups and ski resorts standoff in Bulgaria’

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British Embassy increases presence at Bansko

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An influx of tourists to Bansko is leading the British government to increase information about the area.

Because of the increasing tourism interest that has been fuelled primarly by British tourists, the British Embassy is increasing the amount of advice it’s providing to UK residents in the popular Bulgarian ski area of Bansko. Continue reading ‘British Embassy increases presence at Bansko’

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Bulgaria’s Green Party demand government resignations over ski expansions

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The knives are out for the resignation of top Bulgarian officials since the approval to develop into the Pirin National Park, a world UNESCO heritage site.

Pressure and heavy handed lobbying to stop further development of Bulgaria’s Pirin mountain range, a UNESCO world heritage site from over expansion, have lead members of the national Green Party to demand the resignation of the Minister of Environment, Nona Karadzhova, and her Deputy, Evdokiya Maneva along with the Director of the National Office for Nature Conservation, Mihail Mihaylov, after the government gave the green light to expand operations throughout the park. Continue reading ‘Bulgaria’s Green Party demand government resignations over ski expansions’

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Pamporovo ski resort

Tourist Office

AG “Pamporovo”
Pamporovo
Bulgaria
4870

Telephone: (309) 438
Email: info@pamporovo.net
Website: www.pamporovoresort.com

Description

Pleasant purpose-built centre in spectacular pine forests. There may be something in the air here as many of the locals live to be 100+, or it may be just because this claims to be Europe’s sunniest ski resort, averaging 270 sunshine days annually. The resort was partially privatised soon after the end of the Communist era in Bulgaria in the 1990s and a majority share holding in the profitable resort was sold by the government in 2000.

Review

Pamporovo (sometimes known as Pamps to its friends) is a modern resort built within spectacular pine forests within the historic Rhodope Mountains area. The earliest resort development dates to the 1960s, but was completed with more style than most ski centres created around the world in that decade.

The resort was partially privatised soon after the end of the Communist era in Bulgaria in the 1990s and a majority share holding in the profitable resort was sold by the government in 2000. The result today are refurbished hotels with a great range of facilities in each.

The beautiful Rhodolpe mountain area has many claims to fame in history and possibly the future. The mythical singer Orpheus is believed to have lived here, one of his songs is currently flying out beyond the solar system on the Voyager space craft seeking out new life and new civilisations.

There may be something in the air here as many of the locals live to be 100+ (they manage to maintain a reputation for friendliness, cooking and singing for all that time too), or it may be just because this claims to be Europe’s sunniest ski resort, averaging 270 sunshine days annually.

Finally, Pamporovo is also known for it’s high value skiing, shopping and après ski.

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Borovets ski resort

Tourist Office

Borosport
Hotel Rila

Borovets
Bulgaria

Telephone: (750) 2441
Email: rila@borovets-bg.com
Website: www.borovets-bg.com

Description

Best known of the Bulgarian resorts, with a wide range of facilities and après ski activities (including sumo wrestling reportedly). Borovets has the largest ski area in Eastern Europe and a popular ski school and ski kindergarten, it was privatised in 2000. This is high value skiing in the famous Bulgarian wine belt, but beware of food shortages.

Review

Borovets is the oldest and the biggest mountain resort in Bulgaria, well known internationally, in part because of the excellent value it offers compared to other top resorts around the world. Virtually all of the major mass-market international tour operators are here. Borovets is known also as a good place to start skiing in a fun and unintimidating atmosphere, with a highly regarded ski school and without risking a huge spend on something you’re not sure you’re going to enjoy. The resort does, however, have some expert skiing and a specialist advanced-level ski school to help you make the most of it. Another selling point is the lively and varied nightlife, again fired on by the low prices and exuberant atmosphere. The downside of Borovets can include varied conditions on the piste. Although the north facing slopes have some of the best snow conditions in Eastern Europe this is not always comparable to the Alps. Some visitors have also complained of unhappy experiences in their accommodations and the restaurants, although many report the opposite.

Established at the end of the 19th century as a hunting centre for the former royals of Bulgaria, Borovets has gradually developed into a modern ski centre with a wide range of accommodations. Fortunately most of its growth in the modern era has not been too disastrous, with the large hotel complexes generally shaped rather than rectangular, sometimes wood clad and always set within the forest. The resort is situated at 1350m above sea level on the northern slopes of the Rila mountains among ancient pine woods. The local mountain, Moussala (2925m) is the highest on the Balkan Peninsula. It’s an easy resort to reach, only 73km (45 miles) from the capital Sofia. The nearest town of Samokov is 10km (6 miles) down the road from the resort.

Visitors to Borovets should take a few practical steps to counteract local practical instabilities and uncertainties. You should also take your money in hard currency, such as US dollars, as Eurocheques, travellers cheques and credit cards are not widely accepted. Where credit cards and travellers cheques are accepted there’s usually a heavy surcharge of around six per-cent on average. Non mainstream currencies and, for example, Scottish sterling bank notes or torn or damaged money are not welcomed. Many visitors will find they need a visa to enter Bulgaria and should check on this prior to travel.

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Bansko ski resort

Tourist Office

Bansko Ski Area
Bansko 2770
Bansko
Bulgaria

Telephone: (749) 8107
Email: info@banskoski.com
Website: www.banskoski.com / www.bansko.bg

Description

Bansko was the big European boom resort of the first decade of this century. The unspoilt traditional Bulgarian village was reborn with a huge investment in modern lifts and hotels that, along with heavy investment by property buyers, brought the resort rapidly to international prominence. It is located in the Pirin mountains and National Park, a world heritage site.

Review

Until recently Bansko was not one of the best known ski areas in Bulgaria. But heavy investment right across the ski area and the resort have utterly transformed this small medieval town and its ski area in to a year-round, international destination resort.

Most prominent of these improvements for skiers and boarders is a remarkable new gondola that cuts out the old 12km (8 mile) drive between town and ski slopes. Then once your on the snow – once served by a few elderly chairs and drag lifts, you’ll find high speed detachable Doppelmayr quads, near comprehensive snow making, night skiing and more than six times as many pisted runs as before, maintained by a fleet of a dozen new groomers.

The combination of a lively, historic, architectural interesting and culturally rich ski resort with an exciting modern ski areas, all within the spectacular beauty of the Pirin Mountains, with its untamed nature and recognition of being on UNESCO’s List of World Heritage sites, is a rare and winning combination.

Bansko town is blessed with a mild climate and yet the season is long up on the slopes where you can expect to have crisp snow on the ski pistes until early May. Recent investment in snow making equipment has made the resort even more confident in claiming to have a truly long ski season.

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Bansko, Bunderish, Chalin Valog, Shiligarnika, Bulgaria, Pirin

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Flood in Bansko ski resort ravages dozens of newly built hotels

Bansko villagers look over water damage after floods

Bansko villagers look over water damage after floods

Dozens of hotels and houses flooded, streets and pavements destroyed, vehicles smashed and an avalanche of mud. This was the aftermath of a mighty river bursting its banks on the night last May 17th, in Bansko, Bulgaria’s upmarket winter resort in the Pirin Mountains.
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