Started by Undermanager in Bulgaria - 5 Replies
It's very cheap. Daily lift passes were about £25 and a half day around £15. There were loads of cheap ski hire places. There are enough hotels about with equally cheap bargains. The place is a small ski village with lots of bars and restaurants. It's only an hour from Sofia airport.
Despite being a small village, you have to decide in advance which area to ski in, and then take the appropriate bus or walk to the right lift. Each individual area is quite small and the different piste areas are not interconnected. I only found cheap, poorly maintained equipment for rent despite looking hard and endless promises. Aggressive and persistent touts outside many restaurants can make taking a stroll very unpleasant. And the main reason I'd never return? Safety. It's frankly appalling and if you have kids skiing, I'd be worried about their safety. Many runs lack fencing where there clearly should be some. There was very very little anywhere, even on beginner runs where there were large drops. There are a real lack of ski- doos (I saw one in 6 days of skiing). The ski patrols were anonymous apart from jackets with 'Ski Patrol' on them, individuaks were unidentifiable and did not do basic things - I personally witnessed them not being last off mountain runs and skiing past injured people. All the stuff about your lift pass covering initial first-assessment medical costs after being taken to a medical centre -forget that. People I spoke to said they needed their credit card at the ready. One of the 4 person ski lifts slams into your legs, can knock you off balance and is old.
Bovorets doesn't know the meaning of the words 'safety' and 'risk assessment'. It's a place that is cheap and convenient but dangerous. If you decide to go, get the best ski insurance possible. Skiing is a relatively high-risk sport without resorts themselves adding to the risks.
I would also add that ski school was one of the best I have encountered.
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