Slopes and glory: why you should ski in the Balkans this year

Beginner-friendly resorts and cultural hot spots are just a short flight away

If you’re yet to plan a trip to the mountains this year, it’s not too late to get your skis on – and it’s well worth setting your sights on the Balkans as the place to do it. 

Whether you’re a novice looking to start slowly or a seasoned skier who can’t wait to feel that adrenaline rush, this south-eastern corner of Europe has it all. Book with the experts at Balkan Holidays and choose from lively Bulgaria, sporty Romania or picturesque Slovenia for a winter break to remember.  

Lake bled ski resort

With a relaxed vibe, fun to be found away from the slopes and plenty of sunshine, you’re guaranteed to improve your ski and snowboarding skills and have a good time while you’re at it. Need some inspiration? Here’s why the Balkans should be your next ski holiday destination…

Resorts for all abilities 

If you’re a ski aficionado, the pistes on offer in the Balkans provide plenty of chances to push your limits and work on your technique – but if you’re just starting out, it’s also a great place to learn. 

Many of the resorts are ideal for beginners, including the popular Bansko and Borovets, as well as Pamporovo, Poiana Brasov, Kranjska Gora, Lake Bohinj and Lake Bled. With a welcoming, non-competitive atmosphere and English-speaking instructors, you’ll be in safe hands as you learn the ropes.

Skiing made easy

Anyone who says “it’s not the destination, it’s the journey” has clearly never experienced the stress of trying to plan a holiday, never mind taken a long-haul flight. 

Bansko skiing

This is where the Balkans outshine many winter sun locations; most resorts are a mere three hours’ flight away, and booking is a breeze too. Balkan Holidays offers package deals, such as seven days in Bulgaria including flights, transfers and accommodation from only £254. All you have to do is pack and go. 

Excellent aprèsski

Every skiing fan knows it’s not just about the thrill of the slopes; the après-ski is just as important. Whether you’re holidaying as part of a group and want to embrace chalet life or you’re looking for a more vibrant party scene, the Balkans deliver. 

Borovets resort

Resorts such as Borovets in Bulgaria have regular folklore evenings as well as nightlife that will see you on the dance floor until 4am. Others, such as the award-winning Bansko, offer ice skating, culture and hundreds of mehanas (traditional restaurants) for authentic Balkan cuisine. 

Children are well catered for

As well as being able to check into ski school (open to those as young as six), there’s plenty more for the kids to do on a Balkans ski trip. Nursery and kindergarten services are pre-bookable, where they can enjoy lunch, games and tuition while you enjoy the peaks. Meanwhile Bulgaria’s Borovets resort has a kids’ park complete with ski slalom and ‘magic’ ski carpet.

Kids skiing in Bansko

Off-the-slopes activities

Swap the ski lift for a spot of culture with an excursion to remember. As well as unbeatable scenery, the Balkans offer great shopping, historical day trips and even a guided ‘safari’ through the resort’s wood trails.

Many resorts also offer spas and indoor pools, so you can relax your tired muscles and recharge, ready to make tracks again the next day. 

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