New Winter Sports Center Opens in Bulgaria's Mountain Resort Chepelare

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Bulgaria New Winter Sports Center Opens in Bulgaria's Mountain Resort Chepelare: New Winter Sports Center Opens in Bulgaria's Mountain Resort Chepelare Bulgaria's Olympic gold winner Katya Dafovska and the three bears are the official patrons of the new sports center in Chepelare. Photo by Prime Time Agency

A new sports center with 20 km of ski tracks and a new ski lift was opened Wednesday in Bulgaria's resort town of Chepelare, which is located in the Rhodoppe Mountains.

The Chepelare Sports Center was opened by Ekaterina Dafovska, Bulgaria's gold medalist in biathlon from the 1998 Nagano Olympics, who is also a native of Chepelare. It is equipped with the latest system for making artificial snow, and with free wireless Internet.

The Center's lift has the capacity to transport 2 000 people per hour on a distrance of 2,7 km, which takes it nine minutes.

About EUR 10 M have been invested in the various facilities of the Chepelare Sports Center so far. The total investments in the resort complex are expected to reach EUR 50 M in a few years as facilities for summer sports will also be constructed.

The investor in the complex is a public-private partnership called Chepelare Kurort Jsc. The Chepelare Municipaly has a share of 49%, whereas the other 51% are owned by the private consortium Ropodska Initsiativa ("Rhodoppe Initiative") Jsc.
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