TGD Bulgaria Short: Snowboarding Kartala


Headed back out to the mountain again – this time to Kartala; just outside of Blagoevgrad.

The mountain itself has few trails, many of which are cut straight out of the trees descending some pretty treacherous terrain. So those are generally visited only by the seasoned boarders/skiers. The whole park, though, isn’t what I’d call a traffic jam of snow sport enthusiasts.

Given the terrain on even the groomed areas, I have to warn visitors that this mountain is not for beginners. Its uneven pitch and frequent, fist-sized rocks make for some challenges to keeping balance. And probably the biggest problem is the hidden boulders. With just a few millimeters of snow coverage, they tend to do some significant damage to the underside of skis and boards.

Other than that, the benefits include:

  1. It’s the cheapest mountain around, at just under $20 for an all-day pass ($12 for half days).
  2. Parking is a breeze as long as you arrive before the half-day mark.
  3. Barring the few, random, winded boarder resting off to the side (okay, actually there are plenty in the middle of the trail, too), there really isn’t a lot of traffic here – even on the weekends.

All in all, it’s definitely worth a visit. Just try to keep your balance and work the straightaways for some epic speed.

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