Pamporovo brags that it is the sunniest mountain in Europe with more days’ sunshine than anywhere else. However, this relatively low altitude (but very pretty) resort (the summit is Snezhanka at 1926m) does not have the best of snow records due to the sunshine and height, yet is still an excellent place for beginners to come and learn their moves.

Close proximity to Bulgaria’s second city of Plovdiv (and its airport) ensures that the resort is usually busy with crowds of foreigners and locals taking advantage of the well maintained slopes which have nearly 100% artificial snow making coverage.

Not really the best location for hardcore free riders or free stylers, Pamporovo does still have a number of interesting runs which, when taken at speed, will keep most people happy for a week’s break. The breathtaking location of the resorts is often enough for people to return year after year.

The village itself is quite spread out up a hill with what seems to be the center at the top. 

Like Bansko, Pamporovo has seen its fair share of new real estate and hotel developments, meaning you have a good selection of different classes of beds to retire to after a day on the hill.

Pamporovo, however, does not feel as if it has been overdeveloped as yet and is still a charming little village with many Mehanas alongside buzzing bars and restaurants.

Modern lift facilities and an expanding number of runs combined with good weather and a wide array of places to eat, sleep and party make Pamporovo a continued favorite with foreign and local snow sports enthusiasts alike.

For those that may be put off by the apparent small size of this resort should also consider visiting Chepalare (five minute drive from Pamporovo towards Polvdiv) which in the last couple of years has seen major improvements in all areas as well as offering over twenty additional kilometers of slope to explore for anyone needing more.

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Bulgarias sunniest resort!

Pamporovo is ideal for riders and skiers at all levels. Surrounded by nature, these gentle slopes over some of the best views across the Balkans you will find.