LIFTS (ROPEWAYS)
VITOSHA Mountain
  • DRAGALEVSKI LIFT

    Dragalevski Lift -
General view

    Dragalevski Lift - General view

    • Other names: Passenger Ropeway (PRW) "Dragalevtsi - Goli Vrah", "Dragalevtsi - Zaslona - Goli Vrah" Lift
    • Plan
    • Lift System: Double Chairlift with fixed-grip seats (2-CLF)
    • Drive direction: Right
    • Technical Characteristics: The lift was built under a project of Bulgarian companies, as the second part was designed by established in 1965 Bulgarian-Hungarian company "Intransmash" - Sofia (YouTube). Some experts consider that used the experience of the Austrian company "Brüder Girak" which was built Knyazhevo lift. It consists of two parts with a total length of 3475 meters and overcoming total displacement 893 m.:
      • The first one begins above Dragalevtsi Residential District (next to Vodenitsata Restaurant) and ends in Bay Krastyo Area. The lower lift station is located on 925 m. altitude, 1000 m. away from the central square of Dragalevtsi Residential District. The upper is on 1370 m. altitude, the displacement is 445 m. This section of the lift was put into operation in 1956. Initially the visual connection between the upper and lower station has been going through an intermediate watchtower, which can be seen in Gradishte Area. The line length is 1775 m., the trip lasts 17 min., and the capacity of the line is 300 persons per hour, at the design speed of 1,75 m/sec. Along the route were placed 28 pillars and is tightrope for transportation with thickness of 26 mm with 85 number fixed-grip seats
      • The second part connects Bay Krastyo Area with Goli Vrah Summit. It is constructed in 1968, its length is 1700 m. and the displacement is 448 m. The lower lift station is next to the upper one of the first part and the upper station is on 1818 m. altitude. The trip lasts 15 min. and the capacity is 600 persons per hour. Along the route were placed 18 pillars
      • INSTRUCTIONS FOR PASSENGERS-1 (In Bulgarian)
      • INSTRUCTIONS FOR PASSENGERS-2 (In Bulgarian)
      • Rules, Bans, Mountain Insurance, Safety advices
    • Contact Details:
      • Tel.: 02 / 967-11-10 (Lower lift station)
    • Work Time:
    • Prices:
    • Lower lift station (above Dragalevtsi Residential District):

      Dragalevski Lift -
Lower lift station

      Dragalevski Lift - Lower lift station

      • GPS Position: 42 37 15.0N 023 18 13.4E
      • Altitude: 925 m.
      • Satellite image from Wikimapia
      • Starting Points to the lower lift station:
        • To the Lower lift station moves special bus # 93 of the public transport which departs from "Zooparka" Bus Station ("Zooparka" ("Zoo") Bus Stop, # 2764). Due to the remoteness of the "Zooparka" Bus Station the transfer from urban buses (# 10 TM, 83, 88, 120) on the bus # 93 is the most comfortable in the area of the junction to Paradise Center Mall in Hladilnika Residential District. Here is planned to introduce commissioning of "Metrostantsiya Vitosha" Tram Stop (tram # 10) and "Vitosha" Subway Station. Transfer from urban bus # 111 on the bus # 93 is performed at the Ring Road (Fantastico Shop). From "Lifta Dragalevtsi" Last Stop (# 2466) to Dragalevskiya Lift - 3-4 min. on foot
        • Bus # 64: connecting "Zooparka" Bus Station with the Hygiene Center on Akad. Ivan Geshov Blvd. From "Kv. Dragalevtsi" Bus Stop (# 0836/0835) to Dragalevski Lift - 0,20 h. on foot
        • Schedule of urban and suburban buses can be seen HERE
    • Medial lift station (Bay Krastyo Area):

      Dragalevski Lift -
Medial lift station

      Dragalevski Lift - Medial lift station

      • GPS Position: 42 36 20.5N 023 17 58.9E
      • Altitude: 1370 m.
      • Satellite image from Wikimapia
      • Starting Points from the medial lift station:
        • Kikish Shelter (2,830 km.) - 1,00 h.
        • Aleko Chalet (3,480 km.) - 1,15 h.
        • Kamen Del Chalet (4,440 km.) - 1,20 h.
        • Cherni Vrah Shelter (7,100 km.) - 2,30 h.
    • Upper lift station (Goli Vrah Summit):

      Dragalevski Lift -
Upper lift station

      Dragalevski Lift - Upper lift station

      • GPS Position: 42 35 30.7N 023 17 29.4E
      • Altitude: 1818 m.
      • Satellite image from Wikimapia
      • Staring Points from the upper lift station:
        • Aleko Chalet (800 m.) - 0,15 h.
        • Tintyava Chalet (through Plateau and Ushite Shelter) – 1,20 h.
        • Cherni Vrah Shelter (3,500 km.) - 1,30 h. The route is marked with 178 metal rods, painted in yellow and black, which allows safe passing even in the winter
    • Host Association: Vitosha Ski PLC, 1142 Sofia, 4 Lyuben Karavelov Str., tel.: 02 / 980-64-94, fax: 02 / 980-91-58, Å-mail, Web-site, Facebook
  • SIMEONOVSKI LIFT

    Simeonovski Lift - General view

    Simeonovski Lift - General view

    • Other names: Cabin Ropeway (CRW) "Simeonovo - Aleko", Simeonovo - Aleko Gondola

    • Plan

    • Lift System: Monocable Gondola Detachable with six seats (6-MGD) (monocable circulating ropeway)
    • Drive direction: Right
    • Technical Characteristics: It is the longest tourist lift in Bulgaria - 6270 m. The displacement is 1085 m., the trip lasts 30 min. and the capacity of the line is 1500 persons per hour (on project). It was built for the World Student Winter Games "Universiade '83" and was officially opened on April 4, 1983. It was constructed by the Austrian company "Doppelmayr", which in 2002 became part of the Austrian-Swiss group "Doppelmayr-Garaventa" (Web-site). The lower lift station (First) is located  in the lands of Simeonovo Residential District on 718 m. altitude. At the first medial station (Second and Third in one building), on 1370 m., ends the first part of the rope line. In the medial lift station the cabins are taken by second rope, so the passengers do not descend to take the other lift. Here the doors open automatically and those who like may go up or down. On the second medial station (Fourth, 1531 m. altitude) only the cabins going upward pass through. During the ski season skiers descend here to take Akademika Triplå Chairlift, serving Vitoshko Lale Ski run. The upper lift station (Fifth) is next to Aleko Chalet – on 1803 m. altitude and during the ski season serviced Aleko ski center. In the First and the Fifth lift stations are located spacious garages for 250 cabins produced by the Austrian company "Swoboda". The length/the denivelation from the lower to the first medial station is 3708/652 m. and from the first medial station to the upper one – 2562/433 m. (Total: 6270/1085 m.). Travel time from the lower to the first medial station is 18 min. and from the first medial station to the upper one - 12 min. (Total: 30 min.). Along the route  were placed a total of 60 pillars, as between the lower to the first medial station they are 36, and between the first medial station to the upper one - 24. The design speed of the lift is 4 m/sec.
    • Rules, Bans, Mountain Insurance, Safety advices
    • Contact Details:
      • GSM: 0882 / 11-14-80
    • Work Time:
    • Prices:
    • Lower lift station (Simeonovo Residential District):

      Simeonovski Lift -
Lower lift station

      Simeonovski Lift - Lower lift station

      • GPS Position: 42 36 59.7N 023 20 55.0E
      • Altitude: 718 m.
      • Satellite image from Wikimapia
      • Starting Points to the lower lift station:
        • To the Lower lift station moves special buses of the public transport # 122 and 123:
          • Bus # 122: departs from "Zooparka" Bus Station ("Zooparka" ("Zoo") Bus Stop, # 2764). Due to the remoteness of the "Zooparka" Bus Station the transfer from urban buses (# 10-TM, 83, 88, 120) on the bus # 122 is the most comfortable in the area of the junction to Paradise Center Mall in Hladilnika Residential District. Here is planned to introduce commissioning of "Metrostantsiya Vitosha" Tram Stop (tram # 10) and "Vitosha" Subway Station. Transfer from urban bus # 111 and suburban bus # 67 on the bus # 122 is performed at the Ring Road
          • Bus # 123: departs from "Rakova Bolnitsa" Bus Station ("Specialized Hospital for Active Treatment in Oncology (SHATO)" Bus Stop, # 2542), which makes the connection with subway at "G. M. Dimitrov" Subway Station (northwestern entrance/exit - from the side of Dianabad Residential District). Transfer from urban bus # 111 on the bus # 123 is performed at the Ring Road
        • Bus # 111: convenient for those living in Lyulin, Ovcha Kupel and Mladost Residential Districts. Descends to "Ul. Bistrishko Shose" Bus Stop (# 0864/0865) and then to go on foot
        • Buses # 69, 70 è 112: descends to "Okolovrasten Pat" (Ring Road) Bus Stop (# 0415) and then to go on foot or make transfer on bus # 123
        • Schedule of urban and suburban buses can be seen HERE
        • With free bus to Sofia Ring Mall and then to go on foot. Schedule can be seen HERE
    • First medial lift station (Buda Area):

      Simeonovski Lift - First medial lift station

      Simeonovski Lift - First medial lift station

      • GPS Position: 42 35 28.9N 023 19 14.8E
      • Altitude: 1370 m.
      • Satellite image from Wikimapia
      • Starting Point from the First medial lift station:
        • Various walking routes
    • Second medial lift station (Start-final Area):

      Simeonovski Lift - Second medial lift station

      Simeonovski Lift - Second medial lift station

      • GPS Position: 42 35 11.4N 023 18 13.4E
      • Altitude: 1531 m.
      • Satellite image from Wikimapia
      • Starting Point from the Second medial lift station:
        • The lower station of Akademika Lift - in the close proximity
    • Upper lift station (Aleko Chalet):

      Simeonovski Lift -
Upper lift station

      Simeonovski Lift - Upper lift station

      • GPS Position: 42 34 59.3N 023 17 32.4E
      • Altitude: 1803 m.
      • Satellite image from Wikimapia
      • Web-cam and weather on Aleko Chalet
      • Starting Point from the upper lift station:
        • Aleko Chalet – next to it
        • Cherni Vrah Shelter (through Stenata Area) – 1,30 h.
        • Tintyava Chalet (through Plateau and Ushite Shelter) – 1,30 h.
        • Akademik Training Base (through Mecha Polyana Area) – 2,00 h.
        • From Aleko Chalet begins the Bulgarian part of the International route E-4 (Vitosha, Verila, Rila and Pirin Mountains)
        • Aleko ski center
    • Host Association: Vitosha Ski PLC, 1142 Sofia, 4 Lyuben Karavelov Str., tel.: 02 / 980-64-94, fax: 02 / 980-91-58, Å-mail, Web-site, Facebook
  • ROMANSKI LIFT

    Romanski Lift -
General view

    Romanski Lift - General view

    • Plan
    • Lift System: Double Chairlift with fixed-grip seats (2-CLF)
    • Drive direction: Left
    • Technical Characteristics: The Lower lift station is located on 1680 m. altitude, of less than 100 meters from Prostor Hotel and not far from the monument of Pavel Romanski – a skier who died on January 18, 1931 in a snowstorm. The upper lift station is located on 2160 m., next to Malak Rezen Summit (2191 m.).  Very close to Aleko Chalet, above the asphalted alley for Mecha Polyana Area, is built a platform (medial lift station) through which tourists can embark / desembark onto / from the lift. By uploading medial station of Romanski lift from incoming tourists who come from Simeonovski Lift and Dragalevski Lift may continue their trip to Cherni Vrah Summit. The ropeway was put into operation in 1968, its length is 1970 m., and the displacement is 480 m. Along the route were placed 18 pillars and is tightrope for transportation with thickness of 30 mm. The travel time on the project is 13 min. at a average design speed of 2 m/s (different in winter and summer). The ropeway capacity is 540 people per hour, provided by 112 number external seats. The rope is driven using a two-speed engine with power 90 kW. Also provided is emergency supply of petrol combustion engine with the same power. It was constructed by the French company "FIVES LILLE-CAIL" (since 2001 - "Fives", Web-site). The main purpose of the lift during the ski season is to serve Aleko Ski center. Due to technical problems and lack of spare parts is stopped by operations
    • INFORMATION BOARD - SIGNS
    • Rules, Bans, Mountain Insurance, Safety advices
    • Contact Details: -
    • Work Time:
      • outside the ski season 2016: DOES NOT WORK
      • during the ski season winter 2015/2016: DOES NOT WORK
    • Prices:
      • outside the ski season 2016: -
      • during the ski season winter 2015/2016: -
    • Lower lift station (Romanski Area):

      Romanski Lift -
Lower lift station

      Romanski Lift - Lower lift station

      • GPS Position: 42 35 13.4N 023 17 46.4E
      • Altitude: 1680 m.
      • Satellite image from Wikimapia
      • Starting Points to the lower lift station:
        • Lower lift station is located next to the road "Sofia - Dragalevtsi Residential District - Aleko Chalet". In the past during the winter season lift was intensively used by skiers as here ends the "blue" Romanski Ski Run. Nearby there was a bus stop of bus # 66
    • Medial lift station (Aleko Chalet):

      Romanski Lift -
Medial lift station

      Romanski Lift - Medial lift station

      • GPS Position: 42 34 55.2N 023 17 35.7E
      • Altitude: 1803 m.
      • Satellite image from Wikimapia
      • Starting Point to/from the medial lift station:
        • Aleko Chalet
    • Upper lift station (Malak Rezen Summit):

      Romanski Lift -
Upper lift station

      Romanski Lift - Upper lift station

      • GPS Position: 42 34 19.4N 023 17 14.2E
      • Altitude: 2160 m.
      • Satellite image from Wikimapia
      • Starting Point from the upper lift station:
        • Cherni Vrah Shelter (1,300 km.) - 0,30 h. The route is marked with 46 metal rods, painted in black and yellow, which allows safe trips during the winter
        • Cherni Vrah Surface Lift
        • Ski runs from Aleko ski center
    • Host Association: Vitosha Ski PLC, 1142 Sofia, 4 Lyuben Karavelov Str., tel.: 02 / 980-64-94, fax: 02 / 980-91-58, Å-mail, Web-site, Facebook
  • AKADEMIKA LIFT

    Akademika Lift -
General view

    Akademika Lift - General view

    • Other names: Laleto Lift, Vitoshko Lale Lift, Rezana Lift
    • Plan
    • Lift System: Triplå Chairlift with fixed-grip seats (3-CLF)
    • Drive direction of the first part: Left
    • Drive direction of the second part: Right
    • Technical Characteristics: The purpose of this lift is to serve those who descend along on Vitoshko Lale (Lale 1 and Lale 2) Ski run. It was built for the World Student Winter Games "Universiade '83" and was officially opened in 1983. It was constructed by the Austrian company "Doppelmayr", which in 2002 became part of the Austrian-Swiss group "Doppelmayr-Garaventa" (Web-site). The lower lift station is located on 1512 m. altitude, where the Ski Run ends. The lift consist of two parts (Akademika-1 Lift and Akademika-2 Lift) with a total length of 2626 meters and overcoming total displacement 744 m.
      • The first part (Akademika-1 Lift) has 1345 m. length and 400 m. displacement; its capacity is 1200 persons per hour. Along the route were placed 15 pillars. The travel time on the project is 9 min. at a design speed of 2,3 m/s. Medial lift station is on 1912 m. altitude and is composed of two independent stations connected to each other
      • The second part (Akademika-2 Lift) has 1281 m. length and 344 m. displacement. Its capacity is smaller – 900 persons per hour, due to the fact skiers go only to the medial station and they are descend on "Lale 1" ("Dolnoto Lale") Ski run. Along the route were placed 13 pillars and is tightrope for transportation with 49 number fixed-grip seats. The travel time on the project is 8,5 min. at a design speed of 2,3 m/s. The upper lift station is under Golyam Rezen Summit (2277 m.), on 2256 m. altitude. The second part are put into motion only when have enough snow and processed runways
    • INFORMATION BOARD - SIGNS
    • Rules, Bans, Mountain Insurance, Safety advices
    • Contact Details:
      • GSM: 0882 / 11-14-81
    • Work Time:
      • outside the ski season: During the ski season only
      • during the ski season winter 2015/2016: Work Time and Prices
    • Prices:
    • Lower lift station (Start-final Area):

      Akademika Lift - Lower lift station

      Akademika Lift - Lower lift station

    • Medial lift station (over Mecha Polyana Area):

      Akademika Lift - Medial lift station

      Akademika Lift - Medial lift station

      • GPS Position: 42 34 36.8N 023 17 41.6E
      • Altitude: 1912 m.
      • Satellite image from Wikimapia
      • Starting Point from the medial lift station:
        • Lale 1 Ski run ("Dolnoto Lale")
    • Upper lift station (under Golyam Rezen Summit):

      Akademika Lift -
Upper lift station

      Akademika Lift - Upper lift station

      • GPS Position: 42 34 01.0N 023 17 18.3E
      • Altitude: 2256 m.
      • Satellite image from Wikimapia
      • Starting Point from the upper lift station:
        • Golyam Rezen Summit (2277 m.)
        • Malak Rezen Summit (2191 m.)
        • Cherni Vrah Shelter (1,340 km.) - 0,30 h.
        • Lale 2 Ski run ("Gornoto Lale")
        • Cherni Vrah Surface Lift
        • Ski runs from Aleko ski center
    • Host Association: Vitosha Ski PLC, 1142 Sofia, 4 Lyuben Karavelov Str., tel.: 02 / 980-64-94, fax: 02 / 980-91-58, Å-mail, Web-site, Facebook
  • KNYAZHEVSKI LIFT

    Knyazhevski Lift - General view

    Knyazhevski Lift - General view

    • Other names: Cabin Ropeway (CRW) "Knyazhevo - Kopitoto", Knyazhevo - Kopitoto Gondola
    • Lift System: Bicable Gondola Detachable with four seats (4-BGD) (bicable circulating ropeway)
    • Drive direction: Right
    • Technical Characteristics: It built in 1962 and is the first cabin lift in Bulgaria. It is constricted by the Austrian company "Brüder Girak" (founded in 1920), which in 1996 merged with Swiss company "Garaventa" in Austrian-Swiss company "Girak-Garaventa":

      Girak Company logoGrak-Garaventa Company logo

       In 2002 is created Austrian-Swiss group "Doppelmayr-Garaventa" (Web-site):

      Doppelmayr-Garaventa Company logo

      The lift is of the type with two ropes - carrying and towing. The lower lift station is located in Knyazhevo Residential District on 744 m. altitude and its final station is on Kopitoto Summit on 1348 m. altitude, next to the 160-m. TV tower, by overcoming the elevation difference of 604 m. In the two stations were located the garages for 54 cabins produced by the Austrian company "Swoboda". The length of the line is 1900 m., its capacity - 600 persons per hour and the trip lasted 11 min. Along the route  were placed a 8 pillars and the design speed of the lift was 3 m/sec. In 1992 was an accident and since then does not work. The lift stations are plundered and it is not possible its restoration in its original form. The lift in operation can be seen in the excerpt from the series "The Blue Lamp" (1969) - YouTube

    • Rules, Bans, Mountain Insurance, Safety advices
    • Contact Details: -
    • Work Time: DOES NOT WORK
    • Lower lift station (Knyazhevo Residential District):

      Knyazhevski Lift -
Lower lift station

      Knyazhevski Lift - Lower lift station

      • GPS Position: 42 39 09.6N 023 14 21.9E
      • Altitude: 744 m.
      • Satellite image from Wikimapia
      • Starting Point to the lower lift station:
        • Knyazhevo Residential District – 800 m. from the last stop "kv. Knyazhevo" (# 0851) of trams # 5 and 11
    • Upper lift station (Kopitoto Summit):

      Knyazhevski Lift -
Upper lift station

      Knyazhevski Lift - Upper lift station

      • GPS Position: 42 38 12.5N 023 14 36.5E
      • Altitude: 1348 m.
      • Satellite image from Wikimapia
      • Starting Point from the upper lift station:
        • Momina Skala Chalet – 1,840 km.
        • Zlatni Mostove Center – 3,330 km. (0,45 h.)
    • Host Association: Vitosha Ski PLC, 1142 Sofia, 4 Lyuben Karavelov Str., tel.: 02 / 980-64-94, fax: 02 / 980-91-58, Å-mail, Web-site, Facebook

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