Pamporovo Resort Reviews
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Visitor reviews for Pamporovo Ski Resort
January 09, 2017
Derion from Greece
During the weekend 7-8 January 2017 Bulgaria was the place to be, in Europe, so as to enjoy the cold wave from Northern Europe and Pamporovo ski center; the excellent ski idea. I do not remember skiing so well for many years. There was plenty of snow everywhere about 120-150 cm. but this is something you can relatively easily find. What really made the difference was the snow quality, which was the best seen for a long time. The weather was perfect: sunny and light wind. They were warning about very low temperature but if you were skiing you did not feel the cold. All the groomed pistes were perfectly prepared. About ski center: it is a little gem. 4 hours from Sofia central bus station; it is a stop for all the buses going to Smolyan. Ticket price per person from Sofia: 22 leva - 11€. Lift price : 59 leva - 30€. Ski equipment: 20 leva - 10€. Actually all the pistes start from Tv tower Snejanka. And there are four main pistes with intersections. These pistes are Stenata (piste 2 leading to chair lift Studenets), Smolyan lakes, Stokyite (piste 12 leading to Stoykite chair) and Malina (pistes 3-4-5 only piste 5 was prepared leading to chair lift Malina). The only drawback: the après-ski, which is very limited. I stayed in Chepelare 10 km away (where there is another ski center, Mech Chal) and the village was empty. However, I have enjoyed this skiing day in Pamporovo so much. When there is enough snow and low temperature go there and you will not regret it, for sure!
Overall: 4.0. Based on 56 votes and 105 reviews. Vote
(1) At least one overnight stop, (2) requires a whole day, (3) requires more than half a day – you may have time for a few turns (4) arrive by lunchtime and ski all afternoon, (5) there is a main airport within an hour of Pamporovo.
Public Transport: 3.7
(1) There are no buses or taxis to Pamporovo, (3) there are slow or infrequent buses / trains available, (5) getting to the resort is easy with frequent bus / train connections.
(1) An ugly resort in a bland setting, (3) average mountain views and resort, (5) a spectacular setting and a beautiful / historic resort town.
(1) No places to stay in/near Pamporovo, (3) a few places to stay in the resort, (5) a wide variety of accommodation suitable to suit all budgets.
Cheap Rooms: 4.3
(1) No budget accommodation available, (3) just one or two hostels so book ahead, (5) several cheap hostels and pensions available.
Luxury Hotels: 4.3
(1) No luxury accommodation available, (3) just one or two luxury hotels so book ahead, (5) several up-market hotels in Pamporovo.
Ski in/Ski out: 4.1
(1) The ski area is located far from any accommodation, (3) a free ski bus takes you to the ski area in a short trip, (5) Ski-in ski-out accommodation is available.
(1) There are no child care facilities at Pamporovo, (5) the resort has excellent child-care facilities including at least one reasonably priced creche.
(1) Occasionally gets enough snow for skiing, (2) is often closed due to a lack of snow, (3) occasionally suffers from a lack of snow, (4) rarely suffers from a lack of snow, (5) Pamporovo is snowsure even in the poorest seasons.
(1) Pamporovo relies entirely on natural snow, (3) there are just a few snow cannons, (5) there are snowmaking facilities on all pistes.
Snow Grooming: 4.1
(1) There are no snow groomers at Pamporovo, (3) occasionally some pistes are left ungroomed and in a poor state, (5) all the runs at Pamporovo are groomed daily.
(1) there is nowhere to ski when it is windy or visibility is bad and lifts often shut, (3) there are some trees for poor visibility but main lifts sometimes close, (5) Pamporovo is mostly in forest where you can ski in flat-light and windy days, lifts rarely close.
Nearby options: 3.2
(1) If snow conditions are poor at Pamporovo, it will be poor everywhere nearby, (3) there are good alternatives within an hours drive, (5) other locations on the same lift pass provide a rich variety of snowsure ski conditions.
Regional rating: 4.2
(1) Pamporovo usually has poor snow conditions compared to other resorts in region, (3) has average conditions for the region, (5) usually has the best snow conditions in the region.
Lift Staff: 4.2
(1) The staff at Pamporovo are rude or unhelpful, (5) lift staff at Pamporovo are pleasant, cheerful and eager to help.
(1) the resort is always busy and there are usually long lift queues, (3) it is quiet apart from occasional weekends and school holidays, (5) it is uncrowded and lift queues are very rare.
Ski Schools: 4.6
(1) No ski schools available, (2) one or two ski schools but local language only, (3) a few ski schools but book early for multi-lingual instructors, (4) plenty of ski schools and multi-lingual instructors available, (5) excellent ski schools with friendly multi-lingual ski instructors.
Hire and Repairs: 4.4
(1) Nothing can be sourced, not even ski-wax or ptex. (3) there are some ski shops but rentals need to be booked in advance, (5) good quality ski equipment can be purchased or hired and overnight repairs are possible.
Variety of pistes: 4.1
(1) The ski runs are featureless and unvaried, (3) the ski runs are varied but not extensive enough for a week, (5) Pamporovo has diverse and interesting pistes including forests and high alpine terrain.
(1) Beginners can only watch others ski and snowboard, (3) a few gentle slopes but beginners will get bored in less than a week, (3) Vast areas of gentle terrain.
(1) No intermediate terrain at Pamporovo, (3) intermediate skiers will get bored after a few days, (5) vast areas of cruising runs.
(1) Nothing for advanced skiers and snowboarders, (3) enough steep terrain for a few days with some good offpiste, (5) Enough steep terrain and offpiste areas to entertain advanced skiers for at least a week.
Snow Park: 3.3
(1) Not even a kicker at Pamporovo, (3) average sized park quite well looked after, (5) huge park area and expertly crafted pipes, jumps and boardercross trails.
(1) No off-piste worth mentioning, (2) off piste is out-of-bounds, (3) some varied offpiste that stays fresh for one or two days, (5) a vast array of off-piste routes that can stay untracked for several days.
(1) There is nowhere to go for cross-country skiing around Pamporovo, (3) there are some cross country trails available, (5) the area features many spectacular and well maintained cross-country trails.
(1) No designated luge or toboggan runs, (3) there are toboggan runs that open quite often, (5) Pamporovo has long and well maintained luge / toboggan facilities suitable for all ages.
Mountain Dining: 4.5
(1) Nowhere to buy food by the pistes, (3) some places to eat up on the mountain but they are often busy and expensive, (5) there is a variety of excellent mountain eateries right next to the slopes to suit all budgets.
(1) Bring your own food, there isn't even a shop. (5) A wide variety of places to eat and drink in the resort, from fast food to fancy restaurants.
(1) Nothing to do, not even a bar, (3) there are a few bars in the resort but nothing special, (5) clubs and bars stay open until very late and have a friendly atmosphere.
Other Sports: 3.8
(1) No sports facilities at all apart from ski lifts, (3) resort has just a small public swimming pool, (5) resort has all kinds of sports facilities, including a full-size swimming pool.
(1) Besides the snow and walking there is nothing to do here, (3) the non-skier will find things to do for few days but may become bored after a week, (5) the resort area is a fascinating place to visit, regardless of winter sports.
Winter Walks: 3.4
(1) Very limited walking and no snowshoe trails, (3) a couple of designated scenic walking/snowshoe trails, (5) extensive and diverse winter walking trails for all abilities.
Ski Pass Value: 4.0
(1) A 1 week ski pass is overpriced compared to the number of lifts available, (3) the ski pass is averagely priced and covers a reasonable number of lifts, (5) ski passes are excellent value for money and cover a lot of lifts spanning a big area.
Value (National): 4.2
(1) Overall, Pamporovo is one of the most expensive ski resorts in the country and not worth the money, (3) overall represents average value for money, (5) overall offers the best value resort in the country.
Value (Global): 4.4
(1) Overall, Pamporovo is one of the most expensive ski resorts in the world, (3) overall it offers pretty average value for money compared to resorts from other countries, (5) internationally the resort offers excellent value for money.
January 01, 2015
Emma from United Kingdom
Main ski school of Pamporovo was excellent. Professional, caring, high level of experience and excellent English. Could not fault them. You can identify them as they operate from ski depot 2 and wear lime green jackets.
December 29, 2014
Batty from Bulgaria
Found ski school far too rushed on first day; stated I was a beginner and just felt pressured way before comfortable doing various elements. Explained to rep who involved manager to see if I could be in basic group, until happy, just to be met by rudeness muttering under his breath as he walked away. Thankfully, new instructor not so hurried and more encouraging. No complaints there but feel they just want to rush you and I'm not convinced safety is the priority after hearing others experiences. Not impressed with management!
December 03, 2014
Caroline from United Kingdom
A great value ski resort. We travelled with Snow White Skiing and Pippa organised every aspect of our holiday with great attention to detail. The apartments, at Snezhanka, had everything we needed and Galina was on hand to deal with any ski queries. The Bulgarians were all very friendly once you smiled at them first. Food was great; never served hot. It's a Bulgarian thing! I can't wait to come back next year!
January 13, 2014
john from United Kingdom
The skiing at the moment is ok. The resort have done a good job keeping sufficient runs open for all levels. The terrain is a bit icy but just adds a bit of a challenge. Greens, blues, reds and blacks all open at time of writing.
Generally speaking, this a great resort to learn to ski and to develop your skills. The staff at the ski school are as good as any and very friendly. Value for money is second to none. Less than £2 a pint, less than £1 for a coke! Why would you pay twice the price for skiing and après-ski. Very family friendly/couples resort. Limited for singles/groups looking to party.
Hope this helps.
March 21, 2013
Janette from United Kingdom
We've been skiing (and walking!) in Pamporovo for nearly ten years and still think it's a great resort. The skiing is good, the pistes are regularly groomed and when we've used the ski school or individual instructors they've always been brilliant. Ski hire and lift passes are ridiculously cheap compared to other European resorts and nothing is too much trouble. We've always found the restaurants (apart from the self service one) to be really good value, especially if you go for local dishes and drinks and in my experience, trying out bit of basic Bulgarian when you're ordering gets you a lovely smile and sometimes even a discount! The spit roast chicken in The Lodge is well worth getting there early for. :-)
It upsets me when I read of people finding the locals rude and ignorant, when I've stood in lift queues and sat in restaurants listening to English speakers being incredibly rude about Bulgarians, without even bothering to learn a basic please and thank you. I wonder what those people would think of anyone swanning into their local and demanding something in loud Bulgarian then getting annoyed because their accent isn't understood?
Bulgaria isn't like a lot of homogenised Western Europe; it's itself and all the nicer for it. Come here if you want great skiing, great value and somewhere that's foreign and friendly at the same time!
February 12, 2013
Gavin Orr from United Kingdom
I have been to Pamporovo the past two years, and I have to say, I love it there. Myself and my kids are advanced skiers and we feel there is plenty of slope variety to please all levels of skiers. The ski school Instructors are first class and everyone is very friendly. We stay in the Castle Apartments and they are really nice, and you don't need to use the bus as there is a slope goes past the hotel. We are going again this Feb, can't wait.
February 10, 2013
Benny Boy from United Kingdom
Just got back from a week in Pamporovo with the missus; was excellent! It was her first time on skis so she joined a ski school and I went off playing in the mornings then tagged along with her class from lunch. Had great conditions: first 4 days were sunny'n bright, last 3 were snowy. Everyone I met, from staff to punters, were nice'n friendly. Hotel Perelik was comfortable and food more than edible. All in all, had a top week and would highly recommend it. Can't beat it for value for money! Only drag was the Sofia transfer but it was well worth the journey! Hoping to go again next season!
January 04, 2013
Magdalena from United Kingdom
My dad first took me to Bulgaria on a skiing holiday back in 2002 as an 8 years old. Have been doing it every year since. First it was Borovets, then Bansko, but from about 2006 it is only Pamporovo. Everything is great here, we love it so much that we even bought an apartment at the Pine Hills development next to the slopes.
December 11, 2012
Nigel Buckle from United Kingdom
I have read some pretty dismal reports here but why? I have been to the three main ski resorts in Bulgaria at least twice each and find Pamporovo the friendliest and the easiest and I don't mean easy skiing! Yes, you can spend all day going up the top and coming down the long green/blue run but it gets pretty boring after a couple of days plus it gets full of beginner classes as the week progresses. Be a bit more adventurous and try the red/black/red it's not desperately challenging but has its moments! Then there are two other black runs ( you see them as you near the top in the chairlift) they start off with steep and narrow falls but even out and then drop again and are quite exciting runs to do when you are a bit more confident and then there is 'The Wall' the steepest run of all now that's a challenge when you first look at it but most people get down without mishap just take your time and respect the slope. A comment on being bussed to the slopes is a little unjust as it is only about ten minutes whereas in St.Wolfgang it's a good half an hour! As for Pamporovo being expensive? I don't think so not when you can pay twice as much for passes in Austria without any better skiing and Pamp is less crowded unless you go during the school holidays then it's just like everywhere else. Try Bansko now as opposed to 5 years ago and you will be waiting twice as long as you used to and the slopes will be packed! I like Pamporovo and I might see you there 9th to 16th Feb 2013, look out for the Stig!