Bulgaria Freeride Ski/ Snowboard Week 

The freeriding tour in Bulgaria are for the more advanced from you who are looking for an adventure over and above the regular skiing and who wish to challenge their skiing abilities a bit further. the freeride skiing tour is leading by professional mountain and freeride local guides. During the tour you will find the best freeride and powder descents of the Bulgarian mountains. You will also get suitable training to improve your off piste skiing skills throughout your stay.

Keep in mind that you should be an advanced skier or snowboarder to join this freeride Bulgaria tour which does not mean that you have to be a professional. Regardless of what is your actual level of skiing, me and my team will take you few steps further with your skiing skills and give you an unforgettable skiing experience with lots of powder, fun and laughter.

Think it’s too good to be true? Come and see for yourself.  Check out the program below or the freeride day tours I can organize

At a Glance

  • Total Distance: 450 km
  •  Tour Duration: 7 Days/ 6 Nights 
  • Best period: January – March
  • Price: Depends on your personal needs and preferences

Highlights

Warm Bulgarian welcome at cozy accommodation
Exploring both popular places and local freeride spots
Party hard with the locals
Incredible nightlife in the most popular ski resorts in Bulgaria
Freeride snowboard tours on the most popular nature sight in Bulgaria – the Seven Rila lakes
Freeride ski/snowboard in Bansko – the biggest ski resort on the Balkans
Freeride ski/snowboard in Kartala
Freeride ski/snowboard tour in Dobrinishte sights on the way between the spots
Visit fascinating historical sight – Rila monastery
Dine on local cuisine and delicious Bulgarian wines



Detailed Program

Day 1
Meeting you at the airport. Transfer from Sofia/Plovdiv airport to the city of Blagoevgrad located near our first freeride spot. Check in in the hotel and give you detailed information about the schedule for the next days and the freeride tour in Bulgaria. Overnight in Blagoevgrad

Day 2
On the second day our freeride adventure begins with breakfast and 30 minutes driving to the start point. From there a gondola running to the top of the ski slope, located on 2350 meters above sea level, which reveals unique panoramic views of the Pirin and Rila. After that is all about the powder.

Coming back in the hotel about 18.00 – 18.30, having a rest and get ready for dinner in a traditional restaurant in the center of Blagoevgrad. From there you can choose to spend the evening exploring the nightlife or to relax in the hotel, getting ready for the next day of out freeride tour in Bulgaria. Overnight in Blagoevgrad

Day 3

Time to change the sport. After we take all we can from the powder in Kartala it’s time to change the place. After a 30 minutes of driving we’ll reach the starting point of the Seven Rila lakes chair lift, take the lift for more 30 minutes and here we go!  After we enjoyed the most amazing nature sight in Bulgaria we’ll continue to our next spot – the ski resort of Bansko. Overnight in Bansko

Day 4

Getting ready to hit the powder early after breakfast. Taking the gondola and few other lifts to reach the highest point of Bansko ski center – 2560m. above the sea level.

Coming back in the hotel about 18.00, having a rest and get ready to have fun and become a part of the Bansko nightlife. The night clubs in Bansko are located all over the territory of the resort. There you can find rock clubs, discos playing pop, 90’s hits, house, techno and drum and bass parties, strip clubs and of course clubs with the local Bulgarian music. Bansko is also famous with its restaurants and delicious traditional cuisine you can find there. So much to explore and so many nice people to meet. Overnight in Bansko

Day 5

The fifth day of our freeride adventure in Bulgaria basically is the same as the previous one. Breakfast in the hotel, driving to the starting point of the freeride tour and spending the day continue with exploring the most famous ski resort on the Balkans and place for freeride in Bulgaria – Bansko . Overnight in Bansko

Day 6

Time to change the spot again. A hidden local freeride sport is located jsut 30 minutes away from Bansko. The place is called Dobrinishte, famous among the local freeriders. Overnight in Bansko

Day 7

Time to go back! Transfer from Bansko to Sofia Airport with a short stop to the top Bulgarian landmark – the Rila monastery.

If you have any questions about the locations, cities or the freeride locations we’ll visit during this Bulgaria freeride tour do not hesitate to ask me.

Freeride spots in Bulgaria

Kartala Freeride

Kartala is a picturesque area located in the Rila Mountain, 27 km. east of Blagoevgrad. In the summer the area is a starting point for tourist routes in the Rila mountain, leading to famous natural sites. In the Bulgaria snow season this place turns into a favorite freeride ski spot of the locals.

Kartala is famous freeride ski place among the local freeriders. The resort has everything you need for a perfect freeride snowboarding/skiing in Bulgaria: a cabin lift, great conditions for freeriding and a lots of powder. Kartala is the place where you can enjoy some memorable freerides down from the vast white meadows above the slope.

Bansko Freeride

Bansko meets visitors with its cobbled streets, fortress like houses with high gates and thick fence walls. The quaint style houses are one of the charms, and the surrounding mountainous areas are the other. Everyone is charmed by the grandeur of nature. Here the peace and quiet enable everyone to unwind. The busy city pace remains far away, the crisp mountain air is truly refreshing.

During the Bulgaria ski season, the magic of snow lying all around is spellbinding. Everything is clad in snow. The conditions are auspicious for skiing, snowboard and freeride ski/ snowboard in Bulgaria. With its authentic architecture and rich historic past, unique national customs and wintertime sports opportunities, Bansko is a magic place which attracts for new visits.

Stages of alpine skiing competitions organized within the frames of the World Cup are held in Bansko. They are spectacular events. Other interesting competitions are biathlon and, too, arm wrestling. Bansko’s own football club is also a local pride.

In the Bansko streets, small but busy taverns, restaurants, discos, night clubs all kinds of eateries offer comfort and delicacies.

The Seven Rila Lakes Freeride Ski/Snowboard

The Seven Rila Lakes attracts with the expanse dotted by the lakes. There is an old chalet by one lake, and a modern chalet up on the slope.

The lift reaches the Rila Lakes lodge, so starting the trek from there is one option. For longer trekking, the Panichishte resort area over the town of Dupnitsa is the starting point, or the Pionerska Lodge further up in the mountain. From Pionerska, via the Skakavitsa Lodge, the Rila Lakes lodge can be reached.

During the Bulgaria snow season the most beautiful lake groups turn into a fancy freeride ski and snowboard sport in Bulgaria. The surrounding area of the Seven Rila lakes looks like is straight out of an Redbull freeride movie.

Pamporovo

Pamporovo invites with auspicious climate and crisp, salubrious mountain air. It is a stunning ground for skiing, with slopes starting from the area of the Snezhanka peak, which is 1926 meters high. The average temperature for the year on the peak is 3.2 degrees Centigrade. In July the temperature there is 12 degrees averagely, and in January it is minus 6 degrees. Climbing the peak opens vistas which beg for taking pictures. The snow is retained on the peak from mid November up to May. In the Pamporovo resort, the skiing season with good, thick inviting snow cover starts in December. Winter sports aficionados can practice on Pamporovo slopes until April.

Smolyan, the town nearby, is a center replete with instances of local culture typical for the Rhodope mountain. Data show it is the smallest regional center in Bulgaria, having around 30,000 citizens, but it is rich in monuments and culture.

Borovets

The facilities for staying in Borovets are outstanding. The hotels are upscale and the skiing facilities provide everything needed for pleasurable skiing. Especially attractive is the four-star Rila hotel, the most imposing hotel in the Borovets resort complex. It was built in 1986 and is one of the largest hotels for skiers on the Balkan Peninsula. The Rila hotel is near the ski slopes and 200 meters away from the gondola lifts. Together with the other hotels it offers accommodation for winter skiing vacations and for mountain recreation in summer. Provided in the hotel rooms is satellite television and the terraces look on the forests around covering the mountain hills.

The hotels in Borovets offer guided hikes to different places, for several hours or even for several days. Mountain biking, horse riding, picnicking are favorite activities too. Samokov is the nearest town, about 10 kilometers away. The capital Sofia is also nearby.

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Friendly local tour guide
Pick-up/ Drop off from/to the airport upon request
No Hidden Charges
Pay only 20 % in advance and the rest at the end of the tour

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6 nights in 3 star hotels with breakfast
5 day ski pass
All the transfers
All transportation costs along the route, fuel, VAT and parking fees

Excludes

Flight / Transport to Sofia
Insurance
Food and drinks
Tips and gratuities
Personal expenses
Ski/Snowboard equipment (optional rental)
Professional freeride guide upon request

Good to Know

If you’re a very experienced skier or snowboarder and feel like taking up this unique challenge, just make sure you’re properly equipped and well prepared and don’t ride the culoirs on your own.
Due to the freeride ski/ snowboard tour in Bulgaria the insurance is absolutely mandatory. If you don’t have time to make it in your country of origin I can assist you in purchasing it.
Necessary equipment for the freeride ski tour: warm clothes, backpack, snowshoes and poles, avalanche safety set (shovel, probe and beacon), helmet, ski goggles, sunscreen
Necessary skills: Advanced skiing/snowboarding level (parallel turns)
Don’t forget your motion camera