I’m sure Bulgaria isn’t the first destination that springs to mind when I mention skiing in Europe, right? It definitely wasn’t a ski destination on my radar before either. You’d be forgiven for wondering why I went all the way to Bulgaria for a ski trip.

When I think of skiing in Europe I immediately think of the big resorts, like Meribel, Chamonix, Tignes, St Moritz and Les Arcs. But, it turns out there are dozens and dozens of places you can go skiing within Europe that you’ve probably never heard of before.

Last month, I headed to Pamporovo in Bulgaria with Thomas, his sister and her partner. We went for a week of skiing fun and it was to be the first ski holiday myself, Thomas and his sister Andrea would have ever been on.

So, why did we pick Bulgaria for our first foray into skiing and not stick to one of the more well-known resorts?

Value for money 

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One of the major reasons we went skiing in Bulgaria was the value for money. Skiing in Bulgaria is cheap. Like, really cheap.

When we paid for our flights, luggage, return transfers from the airport (a 3 and a half hour journey), our hotel with breakfast every day and our ski school (4+ hours of instruction each day), equipment hire and ski passes for 6 days we were left with change out of £450 per person. That’s pretty incredible value for money if you ask me.

Plus, things are cheap when you get to Bulgaria too. Drinks are cheap, food is cheap and so are the other things you spend your cash on when you’re on holiday. Ideal!

Would we like it? 

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As it was our first ever ski holiday and having only ever skied on an indoor slope, we weren’t sure how much we were going to enjoy it. That was a major factor in not wanting to spend somewhere in the region of £1,000 each, which I’m assured we would have done had we chosen one of the more popular ski resorts in France or similar.

I just wasn’t prepared to drop that kinda cash on something I wasn’t sure if I would even enjoy. Luckily, I did enjoy it (despite injuring myself on the first day!) and it’s something I know I want to do again in future. Next time I won’t be so reticent about spending money going somewhere a bit more expensive now that I know it’s a holiday type that I enjoy.

It’s a great place for beginners

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Another reason we opted for Pamporovo was because we had heard it was great for beginner skiers. Although Thomas and I could do the basics of skiing, Andrea had never even put on a pair of skis before, so we knew we needed somewhere beginner friendly. And even though Thomas and I knew how to ski, we’d only ever skied on an indoor slope with ‘real’ snow, which definitely isn’t the same as being out in the open on real slopes. We ski at home at

And even though Thomas and I knew how to ski, we’d only ever skied on an indoor slope with ‘real’ snow, which definitely isn’t the same as being out in the open on real slopes. We ski at home at Soar at Braehead, the longest indoor ski slope in the UK. Whilst it’s an incredible facility and a great place to learn and practice, it definitely doesn’t compare to hurtling down the side of a mountain.

In Pamporovo the ski school is fantastic and they were great with Andrea as a total beginner. Our ski instructor was the same everyday and worked hard to give us all pointers and new techniques to try, no matter what level we were at.

In terms of runs, there were plenty of blue runs and a green one too, making it ideal for those just starting out. The green and blue runs weren’t too intimidating and it was a great way to ease into life on the slopes.

Have you been skiing in Bulgaria before? Where’s your favourite place to ski?