Southeast of Sofia and south of Slamboliysk in the Rhodope Mountains, the Pamporovo Ski Area has 25 pistes totaling 17km served by 18 lifts (mainly drags) accessing 475m. Most of the snowboarding pistes are mainly for beginners. The Pamporovo ski centre is known for its sunny days, beautiful pine forests, and challenging off-piste routes.
The ski centre is located about 45 minutes from the Plovdiv Airport. The base area is about a 10 minute drive from the main resort town.
When snowboarding and freeriding internationally, it is important to get a travel insurance policy that covers emergency rescue, medical expense and evacuation. There are many destinations that will not initiate rescue or medical treatment without prior payment or proof of insurance. In many cases, the rescue fees, medical fees or evacuation to a reputable hospital can total tens of thousands of dollars. Plans such as GEOS SAR100 or IMG Patriot Travel Medical Insurance are well worth the per-trip cost of $130 to $200 USD.
Overall, Pamporovo Ski Centre is the 3rd most popular snowboard & freeride destination of all 4 snowboarding resorts in Bulgaria.