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Bu Ski Bulgaria

Bulgaria in south Eastern Europe is home to 10 ski areas and originally built a reputation as a budget destination for British schools and package tours. Borovets, established in 1930 and for many years the country’s top resort and with 40km of piste Eastern Europe’s largest, was best known.

However since 2000 its image has been largely transformed by the development of Bansko in to one of Eastern Europe’s leading resorts thanks to investment in modern lifts and accommodation that includes a five star Kempinski hotels – one of the first chain hotels in a European ski resort.

Other top resorts include capital Sofia’s local ski area of Vitosha and the purpose-built, communist-era development Pamporovo.

Unfortunately over the past decade the development of Bulgaria’s ski areas has been increasingly controversial and placed the resorts in the front line between developers, which in Bulgaria’s case are reported to be off-shore investment companies, and environmentalists.

Parts of Bansko was built illegally on national park land recognised as a World Heritage Site by UNESCO. Many years of environmental campaigning right up to European Union level finally proved this but the Bulgarian government opted to change laws to retrospectively allow development rather than enforce dismantling lifts.
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Bulgaria: latest snow conditions round-up


BULGARIA Bulgaria's ski areas have had a snowy week which has further improved conditions there. All of the main areas are now posting bases of at least a metre, and all are either fully open or almost so with just a run or two still closed. Pamporovo (160/180cm) in the Rhodope mountains has the country's deepest base but the other areas aren't far behind, and almost all runs are open.

Summary of forecast snowfall and ski conditions for resorts in Bulgaria.

Fresh snow is forecast at 2 resorts. Powder is reported at 0 resorts and 0 are reporting good piste conditions.

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Recent Eyeball Snow Reports for Bulgaria

All resorts

Ski resorts of Bulgaria, alphabetically

Bottom Mid Top
Resort Webcam Top
snow depth
top and bottom
Good piste
on-piste
Powder
off-piste
Fresh snow depth
last snow
Fresh snow depth
next 9 days
0–3 | 3–6 | 6–9
snow (cm)
Weather Next 5 days weather forecast.
Freezing level (m)
Wed Thu Fri Sat Sun

(1600m — 2600m)

snow report yesterday

Bansko webcam
90
20
Packed powder or groomed snow 2 cm
yesterday
8
41
partly cloudy
clear
partly cloudy
light snow
light snow
Mid station 2100 m
550m 1500m 1350m 1300m 1350m

(1487m — 2226m)

snow report yesterday

3 cm
yesterday
8
45
partly cloudy
clear
partly cloudy
light snow
light snow
Mid station 1856 m
550m 1450m 1350m 1300m 1350m

(1300m — 2560m)

snow report 2 days ago

Borovets webcam
150
130
Packed powder or groomed snow 11 cm
today
2
10
37
light snow
clear
partly cloudy
light snow
light snow
Mid station 1930 m
600m 1650m 1500m 1400m 1450m

(1150m — 1870m)

snow report yesterday

3 cm
yesterday
5
31
clear
clear
partly cloudy
light snow
cloudy
Mid station 1510 m
850m 1950m 1850m 1500m 1500m

(1445m — 2249m)

snow report today

4 cm
today
1
1
10
partly cloudy
clear
partly cloudy
partly cloudy
partly cloudy
Mid station 1847 m
600m 1700m 1650m 1450m 1400m

(1509m — 1966m)

snow report today

10 cm
today
3
4
16
snow showers
clear
partly cloudy
partly cloudy
snow showers
Mid station 1738 m
550m 1650m 1500m 1400m 1400m

(1553m — 1832m)

snow report yesterday

4 cm
yesterday
3
23
clear
clear
partly cloudy
snow showers
light snow
Mid station 1692 m
800m 1900m 1750m 1450m 1350m

(1446m — 1926m)

snow report 2 days ago

180
160
Packed powder or groomed snow 4 cm
yesterday
4
35
clear
clear
partly cloudy
light snow
partly cloudy
Mid station 1686 m
900m 2000m 1900m 1500m 1450m

(1649m — 2289m)

snow report 2 days ago

100
60
Packed powder or groomed snow 18 cm
5 days ago
3
8
partly cloudy
clear
partly cloudy
partly cloudy
snow showers
Mid station 1969 m
750m 1850m 1750m 1500m 1400m