120 days of snowfall each year and 120 sunny days each winter

The ski resort Pamporovo is the second largest in Bulgaria, after Bansko, and is located in the Southern Rhodope Mountains at an altitude of 1620 metres, with the highest peak in the skiing area Snezhanka (Snow White) reaching 1937m, where all the major ski runs start; the lowest ski track is at 1,444m. The skiing season varies with the year and can last from December to April. All ski tracks in Pamporovo are monitored and medical services are readily available.

The first station of one of its chair lifts is just 14 km from Villa Gella in the village of Stoikite. The resort has 6 ski chair lifts (mainly manufactured by Pomagalski, France), 13 drag lifts and 9 ski tow lines, with the capacity of transporting 11,600 persons per hour and servicing 37 km of ski runs and 25km of cross-country skiing tracks. The processing and overall maintenance of the ski slopes is accomplished by snowgroomers “Kassbohrer” from Germany. An artificial snow system manufactured by Sufag and York applies 160 snow canons to achieve snow cover at 90% of the ski slopes, if needed.

There are tracks for skiing and snowboarding for both beginners and intermediate levels, with excellent conditions for the whole family. More advanced skiers may use the Giant Slalom run as well as ‘The Wall’ – the most difficult ski run in Pamporovo. There is a 110m long half-pipe facility. The cross country skiing run is divided into 4, 16 and 18km tracks. Night skiing is available at ‘The Wall’ – the most difficult ski track, which is open from 6am to 10pm. There are good conditions for off-piste skiing, but a local guide is recommended.

The daily ski pass for access to all lifts/ towlines are quite affordable and half-day, mutli-day and weekly discounts are also available. Experienced multilingual ski instructors are easy to hire.

The climate tends to be mild with an average temperature in January of about -3 degrees C (26.6 degrees F). On average, there are about 120 days of snowfall each year, and as many sunny days each winter. There are little concerns about the possible danger of avalanches and dramatic climate changes.

Guest Testimonials

We appreciate that we were able to eat and drink right here instead of going to restaurants. We love all the shades of green in the forest and the fields. We loved the ‘small surprises’ and the ‘big surprises’. Thank you for the anniversary flowers and the cake, for the loving attention to all our needs. Thank you!Carol and Bill, USA
You are the best family in the Balkans! Never will I forget Orfeo’s birthplace, the six hour hike, the peppers picnic, being wet as mice and arguing about the useless young generation!Dame Emma Thompson, DBE, Actress, Screenwriter, Author, Activist, UK
I have never spent such a memorable day in the mountains. I am charmed by the summer beauty of the Rhodope Mountains, her bounty of flowers and herbs, and most of all, by your deep knowledge and special relationship with the plants that surround you. Our few days at Villa Gella have given me the eternal respect for the power of nature for our wellbeing and health. And you have such rich heritage fight on your doorsteps.Sophie Benge, Author, Healing Sources: Spas and Wellbeing from the Baltics to the Black Sea, Prestel
We have had a wonderful stay in the middle of the mountains. The villa is so relaxing and comfortable - every detail has been thought about. ... Words cannot describe such heavenly cooking... The walking has been special - meadows with wild flowers, pine forests and mixed forests, still some snow high up, deserted ancient ruins and empty tracks (except for deer and possibly a few bears which are ‘not too dangerous’)... We really appreciate the wine tasting and the joy of Bulgarian wine made with such care and pride.Sue and Philip, Canada
It was a wonderful place to stay, with outstanding food and outstanding people! I had such a fun/ great time here and I hope I can come visit again! Thank you!!!Helen, Norway
Топлина. Уют. Гостоприемство. Зимна приказка в сърцето на Родопа планина... Вилла Гелла е уникално съчетание на всичко това! Благодарим на домакините, колите ни подариха тези емоции!Матео, Дара, Ния, Ирена, Дечо
Villa Gella was a very special place for us to spend a very special time of our lives! Thank you for providing us with the perfect base for exploring and wаndering after the biggest day of our lives!Tom and Anna, honeymooners
The food was delicious, the setting was gorgeous, and the design and decor exquiste. Most of all, everyone was kind, lovely and hostiable. What a delightful place.Penny and Bill, USA
Villa Gella is an inspiring, inspired experience. The attention to crafts and tastes is apparent in the smallest details ... to the grandest gesture. ... Villa Gella is something unique to Bulgaria. Share it only with those who will appreciate this special place.Aza and Wendellen
Thank you for a wonderful week at Villa Gella! Your warmth and kindness made it feel like a home away from home! ... Our children have especially had a wonderful week! From planting beans in the garden, finding snails, playing badminton, all the delicious sweet ‘surprises’ from Dimka’s kitchen ... and best of all the traditional Bulgarian bagpipe music - all make wonderful memories on our first trip to Bulgaria (and definitely not our last!)Stuart, Jean, Oscar, Ivy
Hard to describe what we experienced here ... amazing nature, culture, history and your hospitality!! Bravo Villa Gella!!!Hiro Kusuda, Winemaker, New Zealand
Thank you for your amazing service! I really loved your amazing, luxurious atmosphere, your food and staff. I honestly am amazed of how much you could put up with my brother, you’re a hero. This villa definitely deserves those awards! Thank you for having me! I will definitely be begging to come back in the summer. See you in the summer! XOXIsabel, 7-year old, UK
... It is hard to decide if we should tell everyone about this place or if we should keep it a secret...Robert Young, PhD, Professor Coastal Geology, North Carolina, USA
The best trip of my life... Everything was perfect!! Great facilities, great view, great food and more than anything else great people! It was the most pleasant, unforgettable moment. I’d love to come again.Sue, Seoul, South Korea
What a wonderful & friendly place with such warm and intelligent people. It was a highlight of our trip. To spend time in your home with you was a great pleasure. Thank you so very much.TC Schwartz, Singapore
Villa Gella is a place we do not want to leave. We want to live here. It offers everything one needs for happiness. Thank you for being such wonderful people.Micheline, France
I had a great time at Villa Gella, it’s location is so beautiful, peaceful and make you happy. Dimka and Ivan are great hosts, the food is amazing, very healthy, the way they make the place for us with lots of hard work and love. The villa is a good place for meditation, yoga and skiing.Dr Isaac Mathai, Founder, Soukya International Wholistic Health Centre, India