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If you're looking for cheap holiday to Bulgaria for you're family and friends, you've come to the right place. It's a country that's full of wonderful places and it's packed with tons of fun and exciting activities. One such activity is skiing, and if you're looking for the best place to hit the slopes, it'd be best to head to the ski resort of Pamporovo.

There are three major ski resorts in Bulgaria, of which Pamporovo is the second largest and, probably the most upmarket. It is also the most southerly and reputed to be the sunniest.

There's lots of reasons why you might consider a skiing break here. The unspoilt beauty, the traditional heritage of the region, but the primary one has to be cost. You can have a holiday here at the fraction of the cost of France, Austria or Italy. (Roughtly half). See here for details.

The highest point is Snejanka at 1926m. It boasts around 200 days of sunshine per year, 120 of which are during the skiing period. Moreover, the peaks surrounding Pamporovo isolate the resort from strong winds and also prevent the snow cover of its ski runs, between 140 and 150 cm, from being blown away.

Sunny morning in Pamporovo

The combination of mild weather and excellent snow cover mean some of the best skiing conditions in Bulgaria from mid December to mid April. There are numerous ski runs of different categories, suiting all levels from beginners and early intermediates to professionals. The resort area's ski mountain, Snezhanka, offers a total length of 38km of alpine ski runs, serviced by 5 chair lifts and 13 tow lifts. There are 34 ski slopes including 'The Giant Slalom' and 'The Wall' for the most skilled, as well as 3 long-distance cross-country runs. There are good ski and snowboarding schools and a seriously good apres-ski.

On the way into Pamporovo village

When you're not on the ski slopes, theres plenty of other things to do in Pamporovo. There are indoor saunas and swimming pools. There's a bowling hall. Lots of souvenir shops and little boutiques, and depending on when you're there, Ski shows and carnivals. For culture and folklore there are excursions to the Stoikite village and the picturesque Orpheus rocks. Or tours to the Bachkovo Monastery and the Shiroka Luka nature, archeological and folklore reserve.

All these factors, complemented by modern ski facilities, make Pamporovo a friendly, cost effecient and enjoyable ski resort.