Number of runs: 17
Resort Height: 1300.0M
Top Lift Height: 2543.0M
Total Length of runs: 58KM
Easy runs: 4
Medium runs: 12
Difficult runs: 1
Annual Snowfall: 0CM
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Borovets Ski Holidays - Quality skiing
The beautiful last minute ski holiday resort of Borovets is a wonderfully international-friendly resort 73km from the capital Sofia in Bulgaria, Borovets is split mainly into two sections and is well designed, with international signs; creating a great resort atmosphere with different nationalities to share their passion for skiing during their cheap ski holidays. This is a very well looked after resort and is a clean and comfortable base for skiers be they novice or experienced. With a total skiable vertical of almost 1600m up the peak of Mousala it is suitable for many different types of skier with a good range of runs. Most of the terrain here is graded as red but is not of the same incline as the reds of Austria or Switzerland, they are, in fact, more a French Blue. Many of the hotels in this area are of very good quality and vary in prices, some are closer to certain types of run so it is worth checking ahead which is closest to your level of skiing for your last minute ski holiday in Bulgaria.
Last Minute Ski Holidays in Borovets - A choice of runs
The bottom of mountain is made up mostly of Green runs forming a nursery area that is closest to the resort and the bulk of the accommodation. This forms the perfect area for those that are nervous skiers of have not skied before with two ski schools and plenty of opportunities to learn and progress throughout your cheap ski holidays in Bugaria. The first and main slopes are Sitnyakovo and Martinovi Baraki which are linked together by a good quality lift. These two slopes are mostly beginner and intermediate level slopes that run through attractive forests. They are serviced by two chair lifts that run top to bottom, four drag lifts and a short chair lift that serves a ski jump for the more adventurous on a last minute ski holiday in Bugaria. Yastrabets is the more testing of the two sections with three runs that are included in international completions along with some lengthy reds and a world cup standard black that runs underneath the 3 miles long gondola track that it takes to get to Yastrabets. This black run ends back at the base station of the Gondola and the resorts only T bar lift. Along with Yastrabets there is the Markudjika area that has six button tow lifts up to the highest slopes in the resort and it's only above tree line skiing. Markudjik 3 has been recognised by the International Skiing Federation for Slalom competitions.
Cheap Ski Holidays to Borovets - International Speaking Ski Instructors
The ski school here is renowned and well respected internationally, with over 200 multi-lingual ski instructors many of whom were professional skiers. They offer five graded classes in small groups with four hours of teaching per day and free time to practice your new skills. There is also the unusual "Peter Popangelov School for Expert Skiing" that hones the skills of already experienced skiers to the standards of the ten "world champion class" ski instructors.
Only 2 kilometres away from the main cheap ski holiday resort there are great opportunities for cross-country skiing with some of the best biathlon tracks in the world. The trails for cross-country skiing in the powder snow are 15 km long and begin at the site of the tuition tracks giving you an opportunity to try this exciting option for the first time then progress into the longer trails. Borovets is a wonderful find, for good quality, fairly priced skiing with quality accommodation, one could not ask for more.
Snowboarders are welcome at Borovets, which has staged some international competitions. Although there isn't a terrain park, natural terrain features do tend to 'develop themselves' off the edge of the trails. The key areas are accessible by gondola and chair, only, unfortunately the highest and snowiest sector up on Markudjika is served by button type drag lifts. The toughest terrain below the gondola-served Yastrebets is, annoyingly for 'boarders, based on a single T bar, the only one there is here, but you can get back to the gondola base, conditions permitting, if you're prepared to follow a rather flat access route.
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.
There's plenty to do besides sliding on snow in Borovets. There are several indoor hotel swimming pools with saunas, fitness centre, billiards and table tennis. There's bowling at the Hotel Samakov. Outdoors you can try tobogganing, go on a sleigh ride or take a hike on one of scores of scenic routes, including many ski-routes, in groups led by experienced guides. The organized trips lead to picturesque spots in the Rila Mountain like Seven Rila Lakes, peak Malyovitsa, peak Moussala. A photo safari and a visit to the Bulgarian kings' residence of Bistritsa are also regularly organized, as are trips to Melnik with its unique pyramids. Scenic tours by helicopter are another option.
ATV Rentals organises the rental of all terrain vehicles (ATVs), snowmobiling and horseback riding.
Borovet's dozen or so restaurants offer low priced meals, which for many guests are almost always 'buffet style' because the vast majority of holidays taken here are on half-board packages. However, for those looking for an Alpinesque moment, fondues are available and for those who wish they were a little further to the west, you can get Italian at Franco's pizza.
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