Chepelare

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Chepelare
Chepelare is located in Bulgaria
Chepelare
Chepelare
Location of Chepelare
Coordinates: 41°43′33″N 24°41′4″E / 41.72583°N 24.68444°E / 41.72583; 24.68444Coordinates: 41°43′33″N 24°41′4″E / 41.72583°N 24.68444°E / 41.72583; 24.68444
Country Bulgaria
Provinces
(Oblast)
Smolyan
Government
 • Mayor Georgi Popov
Elevation 1,232 m (4,042 ft)
Population (2009-12-31)[1]
 • Total 5,412
Time zone EET (UTC+2)
 • Summer (DST) EEST (UTC+3)
Postal Code 4850
Area code(s) 03051
Website http://www.chepelare.com/
School in Chepelare

Chepelare (Bulgarian: Чепеларе) is a town and ski resort in Smolyan Province in Southern Bulgaria. It is situated in the central part of the Rhodopes, on the banks of Chepelare River. Chepelare is a popular winter resort with one of the longest ski runs in Southeastern Europe[citation needed]. It is located near Pamporovo, one of the biggest Bulgarian resorts. As of December 2009, the town has a population of 5,412 inhabitants.[1]

Chepelare is a favorite vacation destination for many people throughout the year. Summer time tourists can enjoy hiking, horse riding and various other outdoor activities. Winter is famous with the satisfying snowfall which guarantees the ski and snowboard lovers lots of fun.

The town is known for the only ski and snowboard factory in the Balkan peninsula. The factory cooperates with Atomic Ski, one of the world-famous ski brands. Chepelare is also popular for being the birthplace of biathlete Ekaterina Dafovska, Bulgaria's only Winter Olympics gold medal winner. The local Sports School provides good conditions for young winter athletes.

Located near the town of Chepelare, the natural rocky phenomenon Wonderful Bridges is a popular sightseeing place for tourists.

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Chepelare Peak on Livingston Island in the South Shetland Islands, Antarctica is named after Chepelare.

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