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Borovets, Bulgaria

Rated: 3/5 (from 6 ratings)

Borovets Ski Area Highlights
Recommended ForIntermediates, Beginners and Apres-Ski.
Highest Lift2,550m8,366ft
Resort Height1,320m4,331ft
 Nearest AirportsSofia and Plovdiv
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Borovets at a glance

Best known of the Bulgarian resorts, with a wide range of facilities and après ski activities (including sumo wrestling reportedly). Borovets has the largest ski area in Eastern Europe and a popular ski school and ski kindergarten, it was privatised in 2000. This is high value skiing in the famous Bulgarian wine belt, but beware of food shortages.

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Borovets Facts, Stats and Ratings

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How High is Borovets?

Max Vertical and Resort Altitude for Borovets
Highest Lift2,550m8,366ft
Lowest Piste1,350m4,429ft
Resort Altitude (Borovets)1,320m4,331ft
Max Vertical1,230m4,035ft

Borovets Ski Area

Piste and Lift Stats for Borovets
Black Pistes
Expert Trails
Red Pistes
Intermediate Runs
Blue Pistes
Easy Trails
Green Pistes
Beginner Runs
Cross Country
Total Length
35km22 miles
Ski Lifts
Number of Lifts

Borovets Summary

The Bulgarian Ski Resort of Borovets has direct access to 20 marked pistes, served by a total of 11 ski lifts.

With ski lifts as high as 2,550m8,366ft, skiing and snowboarding is assured throughout the season.

Borovets Piste Map

Borovets Piste Map

Borovets Overview

Borovets is the oldest and the biggest mountain resort in Bulgaria, well known internationally, in part because of the excellent value it offers compared to other top resorts around the world. Virtually all of the major mass-market international tour operators are here. Borovets is known also as a good place to start skiing in a fun and unintimidating atmosphere, with a highly regarded ski school and without risking a huge spend on something you're not sure you're going to enjoy. The resort does, however, have some expert skiing and a specialist advanced-level ski school to help you make the most of it. Another selling point is the lively and varied nightlife, again fired on by the low prices and exuberant atmosphere. The downside of Borovets can include varied conditions on the piste. Although the north facing slopes have some of the best snow conditions in Eastern Europe this is not always comparable to the Alps. Some visitors have also complained of unhappy experiences in their accommodations and the restaurants, although many report the opposite.

Established at the end of the 19th century as a hunting centre for the former royals of Bulgaria, Borovets has gradually developed into a modern ski centre with a wide range of accommodations. Fortunately most of its growth in the modern era has not been too disastrous, with the large hotel complexes generally shaped rather than rectangular, sometimes wood clad and always set within the forest. The resort is situated at 1350m above sea level on the northern slopes of the Rila mountains among ancient pine woods. The local mountain, Moussala (2925m) is the highest on the Balkan Peninsula. It's an easy resort to reach, only 73km (45 miles) from the capital Sofia. The nearest town of Samokov is 10km (6 miles) down the road from the resort.

Visitors to Borovets should take a few practical steps to counteract local practical instabilities and uncertainties. You should also take your money in hard currency, such as US dollars, as Eurocheques, travellers cheques and credit cards are not widely accepted. Where credit cards and travellers cheques are accepted there's usually a heavy surcharge of around six per-cent on average. Non mainstream currencies and, for example, Scottish sterling bank notes or torn or damaged money are not welcomed. Many visitors will find they need a visa to enter Bulgaria and should check on this prior to travel.

On the Mountain

The longest possible descent in Borovets is 6km4 miles long.

 Skiing in Borovets

Borovets skiing is divided in to two main areas. The slopes and runs are normally maintained in good condition and are designed with international markings and multilingual signs. Firstly, directly above the resort are the lift-linked slopes of Sitnyakovo and Martinovi Baraki. Served by two top-to-bottom chairs, with four drags and another shorter chair (servicing a ski jump) making up the rest of the uplift here, the terrain is largely easy to intermediate level stuff, cut down through the trees. Do not be too off-put by the fact that virtually all the terrain is graded 'red'. These are not the same steep reds of Austria and Switzerland - more like a French blue. The lower section of the mountain forms the nursery area, conveniently close to the village centre and much of the accommodation.

The second ski area is at Yastrebets, reached by a wonderful 5km/3 mile long gondola ride by a six seater. This accesses the resort's most testing terrain, which includes three runs which are used for international competitions. There are long reds, and a World Cup black beneath the upper section of the gondola, which will take you back to the gondola base station, mid station or to the resort's only T bar, and a very long one it is. Alternatively you can continue over to the Markudjika area. This is served by six short and parallel button tows and accesses the highest skiing in the resort and the only above-tree-line area, also known as the Moussala basin. Naturally it holds snow the longest. One of the runs here, Markudjik 3, has been approved by the International Skiing Federation (FIS) for giant slalom competitions.

For the 2006-7 season ATV Rentals (www.atv-rentals-bg.com) began offering skiers and boarders the option to take a snowcat ride to the top of Mt. Moussala. The machine can carry up to 12 people for a two hour tour, or during the ski day can carry skiers and snowboarders to places they can't normally go. Mt Moussala is only accessible by snow cat, snowmobile or on foot and ATV rentals also rents snowmobiles. .

The highest lift at Borovets is to Aleko at 2728m (8953ft). Mt Moussala is 2942m (9652 ft) giving bigger verticals and more snowsure conditions..

The Borovets ski school is well known and respected internationally. It has more than 200 ski instructors, all of them fluent in different languages and many former professional skiers. Skiing classes are divided in to five difficulty levels, from A to E - in groups or individually with lessons for four hours per day. The additional The Peter Popanguelov Ski School for Expert Skiing employs ten highly-qualified ski instructors able to teach those who want to hone their skiing skills to the 'world champion class'.

Cross-country and biathlon tracks are located 2 km away from the resort together with the cross-country tuition tracks.

Borovets offers good sking, particularly, for Intermediate and Beginner skiers.

 Snowboarding in Borovets

Snowboarders are welcome at Borovets, which has staged some international competitions. Along with the terrain parks, natural terrain features do tend to 'develop themselves' off the edge of the trails. The key areas are accessible by gondola and chairs.

When is Borovets open?

We don't currently have confirmed season dates for Borovets.

Usual opening is mid December, and usual closing is Mid April.

NOTE:- Lift and Piste openings are always subject to Snow Conditions in Borovets.

Snow Making

Borovets is able to make snow, on 2km1 miles of ski runs, with 6 snow cannons.

Ski Lift Capacity

The 11 ski lifts of Borovets are able to uplift 16,750 skiers and snowboarders every hour.

Where is Borovets?

Borovets is in Kocherinovo, Kyustendil, Bulgaria.

How can I get to Borovets?

 By Air

The nearest airports to Borovets are Sofia and Plovdiv, all within three hours drive. Sofia is just one hours drive away, in good driving conditions, so you can be on the piste quickly.

Borovets Webcams

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Off the Mountain

Borovets Aprés Ski

Borovets nightlife is normally, fun, lively and relaxed. There's a good choice of high value, lively bars with enticing names like 'Black Tiger, Harry's Bar, Buzz Bar and Bonkers. Karaoke is a regular activity at Peter's. Apart from eating and drinking you can try tobogganing, billiards, bowling, snowmobiling or a sleigh ride. You can even try the ski jump, at your own risk, if you want to. At one time you could snap on an inflatable sumo wrestler's suit and have a good 'fantasy sumo' contest but that facility sadly doesn't appear to be on offer anymore. Bulgarian folklore evenings are arranged at many of the resort's venues and feature lively centuries-old rhythms and dances, with traditional Bulgarian cuisine on the menu, served up with now famous Bulgarian wines. Ski carnivals are also sometimes arranged. The resort's two discothèques are in the hotels Rila and Samokov.


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