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What should I know about Backcountry Skiing Bulgaria?
While Bulgaria is not yet a household name for backcountry skiing, it certainly deserves to be. With plenty of mountain ranges covering the country, there are many incredible and diverse options for backcountry adventures. From single-day freeride trips to multi-day hut-to-hut expeditions, there is a lot to do for backcountry skiers of every level.
Aside from the aforementioned locations, Rila National Park is another great backcountry skiing spot. Heading to the slopes of Musala is a great way to enjoy some of Bulgaria’s most stunning scenery and get in some unparalleled backcountry runs.
Vitosha Mountain, right outside of Sofia, is another great backcountry skiing option for those visiting the city without many days to spend venturing far away. It is perfect for weekend warriors and business trips in which you have an extra day to sneak away.
Why should I choose Bulgaria for my Backcountry Skiing adventure?
Bulgaria’s mountain scenery is simply gorgeous and ski touring is a great way to see it. Snow-capped peaks jutting out over frosted evergreen forests run through a fair portion of the country. When you head into the wilderness on a pair of backcountry skis, you’ll feel like you’ve entered a postcard with incredibly beautiful winter scenery scenery as far as the eye can see.
The après ski scene
Unfortunately, you won’t be able to spend every moment of your ski holiday out on the slopes. When you’re not strapped into a pair of backcountry skis, check out Bulgaria’s incredible après ski scene. For example, Bansko has hundreds of bars, nightclubs and traditional restaurants offering local specialties (mehanas). There is no better way to spend your downtime than exploring the old cobblestoned streets of this UNESCO-protected medieval city.
Save some money
Unlike other European winter holiday hotspots, Bulgaria is incredibly cheap. Save plenty of money on everything from transport to accommodation and food to souvenirs when you visit. Guided trips range from €30 for a single day to €700 for an entire week. You won’t find as competitive prices in the Alps, Pyrenees or Scandinavia! While popular tourist spots may be a bit pricier, remote villages certainly are not.
What can I expect from the weather in Bulgaria?
During the winter Bulgaria is typically cold with plenty of snow. In the popular resort area of Bansko, the average winter temperature hovers around freezing with slightly higher temperatures in the spring. Throughout the whole ski season, there is plenty of snow with an average of 50 to 80 millimeters per month.
How can I get to Bulgaria?
Any trip to Bulgaria likely begins with a flight into the Sofia International Airport (SOF). Many guides will opt to meet you in Sofia and provide transport to the start of the trip. Otherwise, buses connect the country and can be taken from the airport and the city center.
Which language is predominantly spoken in Bulgaria?
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What currency is accepted in Bulgaria?
Lev (BGN). Euros are commonly accepted in tourist areas.
Best time to ski
January to April
Nikolay Pavlov is an experienced guide with intimate knowledge of the terrain and conditions in Bansko. A great half day trip with two summits on a very short notice. Additionally good company to ride with.
Unfortnately we had very little snow in Bansko at the time of our trip, despite the bad snow conditions we had a great time in the mountains and a great ski touring experience. Him and his team is really friendly and it feels like they try hard to make the tour as good as possible without jeopardizing safety. He also helped us arrange equipment at a local store in Bansko since one of us didn't have touring skis. I could definitely imagine coming back to Bansko and would gladly book another tour with Nikolay, hopefully with some more snow.
Best guy, very experienced and friendly. Knows the Bansko Mountains perfect! Was a pleasure gettin to know Niki!
Nikolay is an experienced and very helpful guide. He provided us with 3 very good days of varied skiing and touring in sometimes difficult weather conditions. Nikolay assessed our aspirations and our abilities and provided the perfect combination of skiing and touring experience for us in conditions which were sometimes challenging. In addition to his very good service on the snow, he sorted out the perfect accommodation for our needs and very efficiently sorted out our airport transfers. He is very good company and his love of the mountains is infectious. I strongly recommend him.
Nikolay was brilliant, really accommodating to our date changes. Extremely friendly and helpful, has great knowledge of the area. We felt very comfortable and confident even though the weather wasn't great. Overall really enjoyed our 2 day split boarding course. Would highly recommend for anyone that wants a challenge.
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