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 the principal town in Chepelare Municipality, part of 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 ski resorts. As of December 2009, the town has a population of 5,412 inhabitants.[1]

The town is known for the only ski and snowboard factory in the Balkan peninsula. The factory cooperates with the ski brand Atomic Skis. Chepelare is also 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.

The natural rocky phenomenon Marvelous Bridges is located near Chepelare.

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

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