LCV Travel Skiing Trip

LCV Travel is planning a return to Borovets after a successful 2018 trip. This will include a return to the same hotel enjoyed by the group in March 2018. Our hotel is centrally located, next to the slopes (this was a real bonus), has a surrounding forest of old spruce and fir trees, and offers a swimming pool, a spa centre and great reviews.

While there will be plenty of singing opportunities, this is not a holiday where rehearsals and a planned performance will take place. Instead, there will be lots of impromptu singing, mainly around the piano in the hotel lounge.

Borovets boasts 58km of pistes and a lively après-ski culture that draws local and foreign visitors in droves between mid-December and early April.

Just 72km southwest of Sofia, crouching beneath Mt Musala (2925m), this purpose-built ski resort is the oldest in Bulgaria. Perhaps it’s no surprise that the infrastructure could do with a polish; but these are small quibbles against Borovets’ crisp, pine-freshened air, tree-fringed ski runs and merry nightlife. Borovets’ reason for being is snow. It is eerily quiet outside ski season, though there are a few hiking trails worth plying in summer.

In summary, and after extensive research (including conversations with Bulgarian nationals with first-hand experience), Borovets is a budget-friendly, established ski resort. It does not claim to be a high-class Swiss or French alternative and therefore offers a lower cost of living, coupled with good skiing and knowledgeable staff.

Borovets quick facts

  • Location: Rila Mountains
  • Arrival airport: Sofia
  • Marked runs: 58 km
  • Highest run altitude: 2560m
  • Transfer time from Sofia: 1 hour 30 minutes
  • Currency: Bulgarian Lev
  • Typical cost of: Lunch pizza - £3, local beer – under £1 and three course meal - £10

Skiing at Borovets

Après-Ski

Borovets is well-known for great nightlife with lots of bars and cafes alongside some clubs, which makes the après-ski a real attraction at great prices. The main nightclubs are at the Samokov and Rila hotels. There is also a more subdued nightlife, where you can enjoy the regular folklore evenings, or even visit a genuine Bulgarian home for a taste of traditional cooking and entertainment. If you haven't discovered this experienced ski resort yet, you're in for a treat.

Ski Levels

Great for beginners, intermediates and advanced skiers.

Beginners: the Borovets ski school will start you on the nursery slopes and thereafter, you’ll have the opportunity to take the gondola and progress to other beginner areas of the Rila Mountains.

Intermediates: the choice is wide and varied. It offers you great skiing/boarding and boasts many enjoyable runs, including one of the longest downhill runs in Bulgaria – accessed from the top of the gondola.

Advanced:you can challenge yourselves on the World Cup Competition run and there are more than enough diversions to keep the many of you interested. There are also off-piste opportunities and difficult intermediate runs.

From winter 2014 Borovets increased the number of snow-making cannons from 70 to 150.

See ski pack options tbc

  • Any ski pack bookings/enquiries should be channelled through me as we may receive a discount, dependant on the size of the group purchase.
  • Accommodation

    Features

    • Hotel rooms: TV, mini-bar, blackout curtains, bathroom, hair dryer, armchair with small table.
    • Apartment: The apartment has a separate bedroom and sitting-room with a rest corner, TV-table and working desk. A small corner with a sofa bed and a bar equipped with a small refrigerator.
    Twin/double (per person)

    7 nights on half board

    Sole occupancy

    7 nights on half board

    Forest view £389 per person £579
    Slope view £422 per person N/A
    Triple room On request
    Apartment * On request

    Triple room: there is one ‘triple forest view’ room available. This would be £332 x 3 on bed & breakfast.

    *Apartment: there is one apartment available and this can take up to 4 persons.
    For the apartment, please let me know if you’re interested in a triple or quadruple occupancy price.

    Cost includes and is subject to availability:

    • 7 nights at our 4 star hotel on half board basis (breakfast & dinner)
    • Swimming pool use between 11 am – 7 pm and complimentary use of the sauna & steam bath between 3 pm – 7 pm
    • Return airport transfers to/from the hotel from Sofia airport *

    *based on a group of around 8 + people sharing and so any small groups, or people arriving in small numbers may be subject to a small supplement – see notes on recommended arrival / departures under FLIGHTS.

    Cost does NOT include:

    • Flights to/from Sofia
    • Winter Sports travel insurance – specifically for ski (strongly recommended)
    • Extra meals and drinks in addition to your half board basis
    • *Ski packs including lift pass, hire of ski wear and ski lessons etc.
      Any ski pack bookings/enquiries are best value to be channelled through me as we should receive a discount, dependant on the size of the group purchase.
    • Additional tours/events

    * Ski pack options will follow very soon as I’m awaiting confirmation of 2019 prices from the same ski package company used in 2018 and who are based at our 4 star hotel.

    Flights

    Flights are to be booked direct with the airline yourselves. Costs are very reasonable at this time (06 Sep’18). Should you require any help please let me now. To prevent any extra costs travelling on your own or in very small groups you could arrive / depart around the same time.

  • Easyjet (Gatwick)
  • British Airways (Heathrow)
  • Ryanair (Stansted)
  • Wizzair (Luton)
  • Flight recommended times:
    • 16 March: There are morning departures from both Heathrow and Luton – 0810 and 0805, respectively, which arrive into Sofia at around the same time - 1315 and 1310.
    • 23 March: There are evening departures from all of Gatwick, Stansted and Heathrow all around the same time.

    For more info or to book

    To reserve your place for Borovets 2019 we would require a non-refundable £50 deposit, please contact John Joannou (not Richard) for more information or to book your place.

    Email John Joannou at johnjoannou@live.co.uk or call +44 (0)7763 120 452.