Bulgaria's Chepelare winter resort in the Rhodopi Mountain will open the new winter season with four new hotels with 300 beds and a vacation village of 10 houses.

Subi Madankov, head of the hotel and restaurant owners union in Smolyan, said that with the new lodgings, Chepelare would be able to host 1600 tourists at a time.

In winter season 2007/2008, in Chepelare two centres for biathlon with ski runs of one, two and three km, would be opened, Focus news agency reported.

One of the centres was in the town, while the other was on the Mechi Chal peak.

The snowboard park in the town will be made longer.

According to Madankov, no ‘drastic’ raise in the price of the ski lift tickets was to be expected. Currently, the lift and the facilities were being examined.

Some 90 per cent of the ski runs were ready, Madankov said. With the new tracks, Chepelare had 22 km of alpine ski runs and 20 km of ski and biathlon tracks.