Our first LCV Travel Skiing Trip

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 resort and therefore offers a lower cost of living, coupled with good skiing.

Cost includes and is subject to availability:

  • 7 nights resort stay at any of the options below
  • 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 morning arrival and evening departures under ‘flights.

Cost does NOT include:

  • Flights to/from Sofia
  • Travel insurance (recommended)
  • Extra meals and drinks in addition to your chosen board basis
  • Ski packs including lift pass, hire of ski wear and ski lessons etc. See Ski options here (prices in Euros).

Skiing at Borovets

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 here (prices in Euros).

  • Any ski pack bookings/enquiries should be channelled through me as we may receive a discount, dependant on the size of the group purchase.
  • Additional organized tours/events
  • Après-Ski

    Borovets is well-known for great nightlife with lots of bars and cafes, alongside some clubs, which make 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 premier ski resort yet, you're in for a treat.

    Three Accommodation choices

    Four Star Hotel

    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 or Double (per person) Sole occupancy
    BB HB BB HB
    Forest view £365 £400 per person £580 £645
    Slope view £395 £430 per person twin/double only
    Apartment £549 £584 per person on request

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

    Three star ‘Hotel’ on Bed & Breakfast or Half Board

    Cosy hotel in a good central location. Has a sauna and no swimming pool. This is a
    comfortable ‘budget’ option.

    Note: DEADLINE to pay in FULL: 12 November 2017, after which this is subject to availability.

    Features:

    • Single room with a comfortable single bed, cable TV, telephone, minibar and bathroom with shower and hairdryer.
    • Twin and Triple room with extra sofa bed furnished with two/three separate beds, comfortable seating and a balcony, cable TV, telephone, free Wi-Fi and mini bar. In the bathroom there is a shower and a hairdryer.
    • All hotel guests enjoy free gym, parking and Wi-Fi throughout the hotel.

     

    BB HB
    3 single rooms £305 £355
    3 twin rooms £265 per person £315 per person
    1 triple room £249 per person £299 per person

    Three star ‘Studio or Apartment’ on self catering

    Apartment style property in nice surroundings off the resort centre. Very nice accommodation with a small kitchen and offers an indoor swimming pool and sauna. Courtesy shuttle bus to the gondola lift. Another comfortable ‘budget’ option.

    Features:

    • Studio has a double sofa bed
    • One bedroom apartment with one separate bedroom and a sofa bed in the lounge.
    • Both room types are equipped with bath, balcony, Sat-TV & kitchenette.

    Note: Requires an immediate and ‘non-refundable’ £70 deposit.

    Sole Two sharing
    Studios for sole or double use £283 £145 per person
    One bedroom apartment – sole, double or twin £384 £198 per person

    Flights

    Flight recommended times:
    • 17 March: There are morning departures from both Gatwick and Stansted which arrive around the same time.
    • 24 March: There are evening departures from all of Gatwick, Stansted and Heathrow all around the same time.

    For more info or to book

    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.