Visitor reviews for Chepelare Ski Resort
March 05, 2012
Svetoslav Trifonov from Bulgaria
I don't think anyone who ever skied in Chepelare would write such a comment like another reviewer's one. In any Bulgarian ski resort now, you have to dig very hard in the 1+m snow to find a rock :)
For now Chepelare Ski Resort and ski center Mechi Chal offers best ski/value in Bulgaria. And all this with just one lift, but lot of well made and best prepared pistes. If you ever skied on the slopes of our "mega" concrete, overcrowded ski resorts like Bansko, Borovets or Pamporovo, you will get what I mean. You will see the difference. Better go there and give it a try before posting.
Overall: 4.3. Based on 6 votes and 7 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 Chepelare.
Public Transport: 3.7
(1) There are no buses or taxis to Chepelare, (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 Chepelare, (3) a few places to stay in the resort, (5) a wide variety of accommodation suitable to suit all budgets.
Cheap Rooms: 4.7
(1) No budget accommodation available, (3) just one or two hostels so book ahead, (5) several cheap hostels and pensions available.
Luxury Hotels: 3.8
(1) No luxury accommodation available, (3) just one or two luxury hotels so book ahead, (5) several up-market hotels in Chepelare.
Ski in/Ski out: 4.2
(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 Chepelare, (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) Chepelare is snowsure even in the poorest seasons.
(1) Chepelare relies entirely on natural snow, (3) there are just a few snow cannons, (5) there are snowmaking facilities on all pistes.
Snow Grooming: 4.8
(1) There are no snow groomers at Chepelare, (3) occasionally some pistes are left ungroomed and in a poor state, (5) all the runs at Chepelare 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) Chepelare is mostly in forest where you can ski in flat-light and windy days, lifts rarely close.
Nearby options: 4.3
(1) If snow conditions are poor at Chepelare, 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) Chepelare 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: 5.0
(1) The staff at Chepelare are rude or unhelpful, (5) lift staff at Chepelare 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: 5.0
(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: 4.7
(1) The ski runs are featureless and unvaried, (3) the ski runs are varied but not extensive enough for a week, (5) Chepelare 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 Chepelare, (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: 1.7
(1) Not even a kicker at Chepelare, (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 Chepelare, (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) Chepelare 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: 3.3
(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: 5.0
(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: 4.7
(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): 4.8
(1) Overall, Chepelare 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): 5.0
(1) Overall, Chepelare 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 24, 2012
Ian Henderson from United Kingdom
Yet another fantastic experience on Mechi Chal. The pistes were very well prepared as usual and Vasko's caterichka cocktails were superb.
Looking forward to my next visit.
January 23, 2011
Boris from Bulgaria
Chepelare ski piste is a great place to ski in Bulgaria. It has great value for money. The main piste has more than 900m vertical descent and is 3300m long. It's uncommon to wait on queues because there's never too many people (because of the bigger Pamporovo resort nearby). The lift is fast and the staff are friendly.
It just has one drawback - it doesn't rain as much snow as on other places, although artificial snow foundation is always there. So check snow conditions before going.
February 26, 2010
Yo from Bulgaria
The pistes at Chepelare are wide enough, the lift is long enough, never over-crowded. The resort offers optimal value for money.
February 22, 2010
Emily from Bulgaria
Seems like a reviewer hasn't skied in Chepelare. Honestly, I have skied there every weekend, and I can assure you none of your statements is true.
To start with the slopes at Chepelare - quite wide. The personnel is very friendly, as are all the local people. The foundation from artificial snow is very strong, so the possibility of rocks going out is almost 0 and 'skiing' between trees - well this is up to you - there are trees, which are not on the slopes but if you wanna go in the forest that's your own choice.
February 19, 2010
Aleksey from Bulgaria
Chepelare ski center sucks. Very narrow pistes, very rude staff, a lot of rocks under the snow and skiing between trees, so god be with you when you ski.
January 04, 2010
Emily G. Stanislavova from Bulgaria
I'd like to share my experience of the resort-Chepelare. I've been skiing in Chepelare for 3 years now and I love it there. It has had great ski facilities since January 2009 when the new ski centre was opened. There is a new lift now and artificial snow. The conditions are very good and it is never overcrowded as the lift is quite fast.
The resort itself is a small, cozy town with very friendly people and good value hotels and restaurants.
I'll be skiing tomorrow there and I can keep you updated on the conditions.