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.
*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.
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).
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.
|Twin or Double (per person)||Sole occupancy|
|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.
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.
|3 single rooms||£305||£355|
|3 twin rooms||£265 per person||£315 per person|
|1 triple room||£249 per person||£299 per person|
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.
Note: Requires an immediate and ‘non-refundable’ £70 deposit.
|Studios for sole or double use||£283||£145 per person|
|One bedroom apartment – sole, double or twin||£384||£198 per person|