best for: beginners
Reliable snow, sun and space on the slopes are three big ticks that this less-obvious Bulgarian ski town delivers in bucketfuls. Set among postcard-pretty Norwegian spruce forests in the Rhodope mountain range, Pamporovo is one of Europe's most southerly ski resorts, offering uncrowded runs that are excellent for beginners, plus a handful of off-piste trails and advanced slopes for more experienced skiers and snowboarders. The best news yet? This snow haven is also one of the most purse-friendly on our radar, so you can dive head-first into the town's notorious après-ski scene without skimping on ski school, dog sledding or snowmobiling the next day. Bottoms up!