BOROVETS IN WINTER
A vacation in Borovets will be unforgettable. You will find perfect snow conditions and a long season.
Borovets is Bulgaria's long-standing ski resort and the oldest, dating back to 1896. In the 19th century the Tsar and the Bulgarian King used the area for hunting. After that it had been changed into a ski resort. There is a wide range of ski runs, lifts, eateries with national and international dishes. High-class hotels with reasonable prices especially compared to other ski resorts.
It is the largest ski resort and yet not widely known in Europe. The resort is in the Rila Mountains at a height of 1,350 m and the slopes are on the northern side. This guarantees powdery snow and for a longer skiing season. The ski resort is surrounded by ancient forests and lies below the highest peak on the Balkan Peninsula, Moussala 2,925 m.
There are three ski regions and the highest starts and ends the season. Markudjika 2,550 m has four difficult runs. One of them has been approved for giant slalom competitions.
Sitnyakovo and Martinovi Baraki are the other two regions and have a network of 19 km of medium and difficult runs. Some nursery slopes are lower down.
The three difficult runs of Yastrebets are approved for International competitions and have a total run of 13 km. The resort hosted twice the World Cup Alpine which proves the quality Borovets has.
There are also cross-country ski tracks, a great biathlon track and it is one of the best in the world. There also ski jumping facilities available which are serviced by a chair lift.
In 2009 the constructed 19 new pistes which brings the total of ski runs to 90 km and a further 12 new ski lifts were built.
The 58 km marked pistes on the northern side all end in the village centre which brings you right to your hotel. Longest run is a gentle 12 km.
For evening fun you will find plenty of bars and discos with all the expected entertainments.
In the summer it has one of the best scenic walks. There are photography safaris available. Visit to the Seven Rila Lakes, Malyovitza peak, Moussala peak or Bulgarian Tsars residence of Bistritza are organised.
It is easily to reach Borovets from Sofia's International airport with a 73 km distance. You will find accommodation from a five-star hotel to more modest priced ones. The hotel prices are more than reasonable.