Bukovel is the largest ski resort in Eastern Europe situated in Ukraine, in the Ivano-Frankivsk Oblast (province) of western Ukraine. The resort is located almost on the ridge-lines of the Carpathian Mountains at elevation of 900 m (3,000 ft) above the sea level near the village of Polianytsia (Yaremche municipality) (about a half mile away). It is one of the most popular ski resorts in the Ukrainian Carpathian Mountains and is situated 30 km (19 mi) southwest of the city of Yaremche. In 2012 the Bukovel was named the fastest-growing world ski resort.
Despite being relatively young, Bukovel is known as one of the most famous and ultramodern ski resort in Ukraine. This recreational haven owes its enormous popularity among both Ukrainian and foreign lovers of outdoor activities to its climate, endless comforts, and plenty of well-equipped skiing trails.
Bukovel is situated in one of the most beautiful places of the country, the Ukrainian Carpathians, at an altitude of 920 meters (over 3000 feet). Because snows fall early in the year, and stay for a long time, from November to April the resort has ideal skiing and snowboarding conditions. The resort has 16 ski lifts, ranging from 650 meters to 2000 meters (2130 to 6560 feet) long, which make it one of the biggest ski resorts not only in Ukraine, but all of Eastern Europe.
Bukovel is especially proud of its excellent ski trails, which, in total, are over 50 kilometers (30 miles) long. They are spread out across five mountains, on specially prepared slopes. Each visitor can choose a track to his or her experience level: there are difficult trails for professionals, and easier ones for beginners; they even have slopes for children. All the trails are equipped with snow canons and are constantly maintained, so they always stay in perfect condition. Bukovel’s slopes are also lit up, so they stay open in the evening. These high-grade trails attract not only skiers, but also those who are fond of snowboarding and riding snowmobiles.
Bukovel currently boasts 16 ski lifts with roughly 50 km (31 mi) of pistes. There are 61 pistes sections of which 12 are Blue(beginners), 41 red (intermediates) and 8 are Black (experts). The longest piste is 5G at 2,106 m (6,909 ft). There are 11×4-person chair lifts, 1×3-person chair lift, 1×2-person chair lift and 1×T-bar. The top elevation is on Mount Dovha at 1372 meters and the base elevation is 900 meters above sea level, for a total vertical drop of 472 meters.
There are five distinct mountains in the area:
- Bukovel - 3,698 ft (1127 m)
- Chorna Kleva - 4,088 ft (1246 m)
- Babyn Pohar - 3,870 ft (1180 m)
- Dovha - 4,501 ft (1372 m)
- Bulchinokha - 3,770 ft (1150 m)
On the other side of mount Babyn Pohar is a nature preserve "Gorgany". Bukovel's ski season depends on climatic factors and is usually around the beginning of December to mid-April. Night skiing is available from 4:30 to 7:30 p.m. Bukovel is growing rapidly, and new equipment and runs are being added each year.
In summers Bukovel works as the balneal health resort with mineral water springs of unique characteristics, modern medical equipment and highly qualifies medical personnel. The resort provides health-improving services for people with problems of support motor apparatus and gastrointestinal tract.
Aiming to provide the all-year-round work of the resort and organize the active summer recreation, it is constructed two mountain bike trails, developed with application of world-newest techniques, 5 km long in total. Fans of active lifestyle can also make journeys by quad-bikes or bikes, or go on mountain hiking.
Mountain biking is among the most popular summer rest here: there is a bike park constructed, which has no analogues in Ukraine.
The comforts of this resort are only enhanced by various hotels, entertainment centers, cottages, cafes, and restaurants, which offer hearty Ukrainian meals.
But even after the last Carpathian snows melt, Bukovel continues to attract tourists. Alpinists, mountain climbers, river explorers, and mountain bikers (the best bike park in Ukraine is here) all come here in spring and summer. And in recent years, due to its mineral springs, Bukovel has shown itself to be an excellent place for health improvement. Today, several sanatoriums and spas operate here.
Slopes are smooth. Every night they are prepared with retrack machines, so that there are no hills or bushes on the way. All ski tracks are marked and it is possible to travel all around by 16 chair lifts exloring new routes every time you’re sligin down. If you are a fan of high class service and skiing on smooth slopes this is the place for you to go.
Accommodation and Prices
Accommodation is available in numerous hotels in Bukovel itself as well as in private lodges in Polyanycya village nearby. Actually the whole are of Carpathian National park 30 km around Bukovel ski resort is full small hotels, guesthouses and other type of lodges. Consider staying also in villages of Yablunytsya, Tatariv, Mykulychyn and Yaremcha town. From all of these palaces you can get to Bukovel within 15-30 minutes.
Prices tend to decrease as you move further from the resort. For example, in hotels next to the lifts average price for double is 700 UAH (64 EUR, 88 USD) while the same class room in Tatariv (10 km away) will cost 250 UAH (23 EUR, 32 USD). Taxis are available all around and it’s not a problem to get around at all. Even in hight season (January-February) It’s not neccessary to book in advance unless you want to stay in Bukovel itself. There is always something available in every village. Simply watch for guesthouses aside the road and step in.
Ski pass prices in Bukovel are at a level higher than in other Ukrainian winter resorts. Costs differs much depending on regular day or weekend, night or day skiing, high or low season etc. Expect to pay from 250 UAH (23 EUR, 32 USD) up to 400 UAH (36 EUR, 50 USD) per day for ski pass only. You’ll get 20-30% discount if buying ski pass before 09:00.
|Ski-pass type||"Winter 17-18"||"Holidays" season|
02.01.18 - 06.01.18
|1 lift ticket (lift #2)||105||105|
|1 lift ticket||250||325|
|1 lift ticket (multilift)||65||80|
|half-day (08:30 AM - 2 PM; 12 PM - 7:30 AM)||670||880|
|night skiing 3 PM - 7:30 PM||235||310|
|1 day||975||1 270|
|2 days||1 755||2 285|
|3 days||2 485||3 235|
|4 days||3 160||4 110|
|5 days||3 850||5 010|
|5 days (out of 7)||4 095||5 325|
|6 days||4 505||5 855|
|7 days||5 050||6 565|
|8 days||5 615||7 300|
|9 days||6 230||8 100|
|10 days||6 825||8 875|
|10 days (out of 14)||7 315||9 505|
Activities & Things to do
"VODA club" is located of the picturesque banks of the Lake of Youth, in a marvelous Carpathian mountain setting. Situated at 900 meters above sea level, it has become a welcoming alpine oasis, setting high standards in entertainment and recreation.
By booking a daily ticket, you receive access to all those fantastic recreation facilities:
- all-sesason heated pool (1.5 meters deep, average temperature of 32-36 Celsius),
- heated pool on the sunken terrace (1.7 meters deep, average temperature is 26 degrees Celsius),
- kids-friendly heated pool (40 cm deep, average temperature of 32-36 Celsius),
- lake of Youth pool (diving limit is 1.5 meters),
- 10 alfresco Jacuzzis, water temperature is 38 degrees Celsius,
- modern gym facility with large panoramic windows, featuring the best power lifting and cardiotraining equipment,
- roman bathhouse, filled with gentle steam with average humidity around 100% and air temperature of 25-40 degrees Celsius,
- mediterranean sauna, featuring average air humidity of 55% and heated to 55-60 degrees,
- finnish sauna with up to 100 degrees Celsius heating and moderate humidity around 15%.
- salt cave. The air you breathe in is a blend of salt and aero-ions. It contains nearly no dust, bacteria and allergens.
In the summertime, "VODA club" features 8 bars, "Osteria Italiana" (Mediterranean cuisine restaurant) and hookah lounges in the pool zone.
"VODA club" sunken terraces are equipped with 1000 sun loungers. VIP-zones have bungalows and are additionally furnished with large lounge sofas.
Each year, summer starts with a big clubbing marathon in "VODA club", with partygoers from all over Ukraine assemble in "Bukovel". Daily activity program includes a variety of amusements for kids and adults, while in the nighttime, live shows by Ukrainian and foreign show-biz stars can be enjoyed on the unique sunken stage.
BUKOVEL WINTER FAIR
Celebrate the astounding winter tale with traditional Bukovel’s winter fair. The skies full of stars, snow-covered woods, crisp frosty mountain air, diverse winter entertainment, wide selection of local cuisine dishes and beverages. The amusing atmosphere of a big traditional fair won't let you indifferent.
- genuine Carpathian cuisine and bakery;
- traditional beverages;
- live acts by the best local bands, dancing events;
- skating rink;
- free parking.
Along with traditional skiing slopes in TC "Bukovel", there's a special area with jibs and jumps - Snowpark.
These grounds are suitable for both beginners and skilled riders.
The region’s best open-air rink is available for fans of good old skating in TC “Bukovel”! Located nearby the “Lucky Bull” restaurant, it offers perfect ice conditions and skating gear from the best of brands.
Children and adults of all ages are welcome to enjoy the trilling snowtubing. You don't need any special training for this.
ROLLER COASTER ZIPLINE
"Roller Coaster Zipline" is a brand new extreme amusement in TC “Bukovel”. This 500-meter-long rope course is professionally designed and attached to the trees with an average altitude of 15 meters. Featuring heaves, descents and steep turns, this course is a place to go for all the agile and adrenaline thirsty visitors. Suitable for both children and adults, this also makes a perfect family entertainment.
The course is located on a mountain slope, right between the unload areas of 2 and 2R chairlifts.
Zipline (trolley, aerial ropeslide) consists of a pulley suspended on a cable, mounted on a mountain slope. It is designed to enable a user to travel from the top to the bottom of the inclined cable by holding on to, or attaching to, the freely moving pulley.
TC “Bukovel” zipline is a thrilling aerial adventure! For just 100 seconds, you are able to travel from the top of mt. Bukovel, to the rooftop of “Buka” trade center, the very heart of the resort. Moreover, you have an opportunity to have your flight filmed with GoPro action camera and preserve the vivid memory of this adrenaline-filled experience.
Trolley ferry over the Lake of Youth is a 220-meter course. A flight over the surface of the beautiful lake is complemented by astounding mountain views. Give yourself a fantastic experience, full of adrenaline and drive!
Water skiing on the large lake is both a popular sports and entertainment - riding the water surface on the specially shaped skis, being towed by a motor boat providing the headway.
Try the water skiing and get unforgettable experience!
HIKING / TREKKING
Hiking (trekking) is walking the specially designated trail for recreational purposes, contemporary and highly attended form of tourism.
Marked trails allow to choose the duration and complexity of the walk, thus the assistance of specially trained personnel and guides is never required.
TC “Bukovel” hiking trails
As of mid-June 2016 there are 5 walking trails designed and prepared in the region. The trail count is expected to increase to 9 by the end of July.
Most trails are marked-up on the territory of “Gorgany” natural reserve.
The distinctive features of region are high gradient slopes. Due to moderately warm climate conditions in Carpathians, there are high-moisture areas during the most of summer.
The full length routes are recommended only for those with trekking experience.