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Skiing in Bulgaria's - Borovets

Borovets lies on the northerly slope of the Rila Mountains at an altitude of 1350 m. It is Bulgaria's biggest and most popular purpose-built ski resort and much has been invested into extending and improving the facilities here that it now easily competes with Western counterparts.Borovets is easily accessible from the capital Sofia, being only 73 km away. It also also only 125km from Plovdiv, which makes it an easy destination by air as both Plovdiv and Sofia have international airports. Nearby Samokov is a mere 12 km away.

 


Borovets is Bulgaria's oldest ski resort. It was first established in 1896, when it was known as Chamkoriya and its primary function was to provide hunting facilities for Bulgarian Royalty. With the onslaught of the Communist Regime, the resort slowly developed into a ski centre, which has twice hosted the World Cup Alpine Skiing Championships. The Borovets Biathlon Track is known as one of the best in the world. The resort is developing at a rapid pace with many positive improvements and additions, guaranteed to provide some excellent opportunities to try a whole range of winter sports.

Ski Heaven

Borovets offers 4827 m of ski pistes with a difference in altitude of around 1046 m. The ski-lift infrastructure consists of drag lifts, baby tows, seat chain lifts, two High Speed Quad Chairs, a 200 m. Carpet lift, a Fixed Grip Quad Chair, ten Surface ski lifts and nine tow lifts and a six-seat gondola lift, which takes skiers to the Yastrebets peak, 2363 m above sea level. Ski lifts open at 9.00 am and close at 4.30 pm,and as Borovets is a resort, which puts the safety of its skiers first there are regular maintenance checks also mean that some lifts will be closed at certain times of the month, they are displayed on a timetable at the main lift stations. Borovets lift system handles high volumes of traffic during the peak season; the gondola lift can carry up to 1200 peoples per hour over a journey time of 20 minutes, whilst the tow lifts can take 8150 people per hour.The resorts longest run is a scenic 12 km long and takes skiers back into the town with some being able to ski to their hotel door.

Borovets is a great resort for all ages and abilities and its network of ski schools provide excellent teaching in a variety of foreign languages. Instruction is divided into five skill levels and it is possible to join a group or to have one to one private tuition and it is also available for those who wish to learn snowboarding. Children aged between 4 to 8 years of age can attend a well-supervised ski kindergarten, which is open all day long.

If you enjoy skiing but have never skied under torchlight at night, then ensure that you give it a try in Borovets. There are special passes available for those who want to ski ate night. Those pistes that offer night skiing are well-manicured in time for the first night skiers, who can use the pistes from 5 pm until 10 pm.

For those who don't fancy hurtling down a piste at uncontrollable speeds, then Cross-country skiing may provide the perfect alternative. Borovets has 35 km of cross country ski trails, which have been constructed according to the exacting standards of the French Federation Internationale de Ski (FIS). The width of each piste is a minimum 6 m. Experienced sports people may also use the resorts biathlon facilities.

A fun activity, which is growing in popularity is riding on a ski-doo. Two-man ski-doos are available for hire in the resort and it is possible to hire a guide to take you on a tour through the local forests.

Throughout the ski season, the local ski instructors stage a Ski Jumping show on the piste in front of the Rila Hotel. It's a great show, which you can watch from neighbouring bars or fro the slope if you prefer - there is a small charge for those who wish to watch slope-side unless you have attended ski school.

The Super Borovets Project


The development of Borovets into a super resort is one of the biggest and most costly projects ever undertaken in Bulgaria. The aim of the project is to expand the resort to take in the neighbouring towns of Beli Iskar and Samokov. The construction of Super Borovets was started in 2004 and was scheduled for completion in 2009. Developers and architects had worked hand in hand with ecologists on this project to ensure that the natural environment is preserved. The extension and addition of new pistes means that twelve new ski-lifts will be added including a multi-station gondola to join Borovets and Samokov. The new super-resort has been well planned and will be split into three sectors;Low Borovets, a new development close to Samokov, which will provide 5,000 hotel rooms catering for budget tourists and will provide fast reliable access to the main resort, Borovetscentre - the resort as it is now but with massive development and investment to provide approximately 10,000 hotel rooms and Super Borovets, the elite area offering 2,500 hotel rooms in some stunning 5 star hotels with luxury facilities.But to date, finance and environmental issues have alted much of the project.