If there is one word that describes Borovets ski resort best that is fun. The resort is famous for its après-ski with approximately four bars per sq km and relatively low prices. However, the busy nightlife is not the only thing that attracts tourists to Borovets. The combination of quality avant-ski and excellent après makes the little resort a hot place for anyone who wants to enjoy not only great ski area, but also lively venues.
Borovets is the oldest and one of the most famous ski resorts in Bulgaria. With its beautiful scenery and majestic peaks, it’s no wonder it was once an exclusive getaway for Bulgarian kings and political elite. Nowadays, Borovets ski resort is modernized and popular with both foreign tourists and locals. It is situated less than two hours away from to the capital Sofia, with regular bus services and options for renting a car making it easy to get there.
Borovets Ski Pistes and Slopes
Borovets is set in the highest mountain on the Balkans – Rila Mountain and sits at 1,300m with slopes rising up to 2,550m. It is an Alpine type resort that provides great conditions for all kind of snow sports including skiing, snowboarding, night-skiing, cross-country skiing, ski-doo, ski jumps and biathlon, etc. There are 58km of mainly intermediate pistes served by 12 lifts. The resort also has two terrain parks, suitable for all levels. More than half of the slopes are covered by snowmaking. The pistes crave their way through gorgeous pine forests, guaranteeing stunning views while on the slopes.
Right above the resort village is situated the largest of the three ski centres – Sitnyakovo ski centre. This area offers a mix of gentle, winding slopes, some progressive pistes and a few tricky downhills. The highest available altitude option is Markudjik ski centre with skiing up to 2,550m, while Yastrebets is considered to have the best slopes in Borovets. The latter contains the FIS runs and the Borosport Snow Park. The park is equipped with three lanes of kickers, boxers and rails that vary in their size and difficulty. If a full day of skiing and snowboarding is not enough, night skiing is also available on eight runs every day between 6pm and 9pm.
Borovets is the perfect place to learn to ski or snowboard with some excellent schools. Many of the instructors there are former professional skiers that can help you develop and sharpen your skills until you are confident to venture out on your own.
Cosy Resort Village
Borovets is a charming little place with modern facilities and a nice folklore tinge. It has a great mix of hotels, the majority of which are within a walking distance of the lifts, as well as shops, bars, restaurants and nightclubs. Since Borovets is visited regularly by tourists for many years, the stuff is accustomed to serving foreigners and are friendly and helpful. The village’s unique character is enhanced by the delectable local cuisine and unsurpassed hospitality.
Aside from the exciting nightlife, there are plenty of things to do while staying at Borovets. Guests of the town can take trips to the nearby sightseeing such as the UNESCO World Heritage Centre Rila Monastery. Seven Rila Lakes are one of the country’s most popular tourist attractions, while Malyovitsa resort (40 km away from Borovets) is one of the best sites for hiking because of its picturesque views and mesmerizing nature.
Borovets’ reputation of a party resort is absolutely justified. With numerous bars, cafes and nightclubs, you will never get bored around here. Some places work until the early morning at prices which are more than appealing and even offer “happy hours “discount. The clubs tend to gather a lot of tourists and are a good place to mingle and meet new people.
Those who prefer to get a taste of the local folk traditions can attend the regular folklore evenings and enjoy Bulgarian rhythms and dances while tasting native dishes and internationally renowned Bulgarian wines. If you are feeling adventurous you can even try the traditional Bulgarian drink Rakia, that will surely warm you up after a day on the pistes.
Borovets has a handful of shops, kiosks and stall clustered around the village centre. If you are looking for branded ski wear and other clothing, you can check the stores in the Hotel Rila and Samokov. The stalls that are set up along the main street, also sell skis, ski clothing, as well as CDs and souvenirs.
All skill slopes in Borovets are equipped with first aid service. Ambulance, mountain rescue service and a clinic with a doctor and nurse are at the disposal of the guests of the resort village. Hospitals, X-ray facilities, and pharmacies are available in the town of Samokov. Keep in mind that some medical services are required to be paid in cash. You will be provided with the receipts which you can use to claim back your expenses from your insurance company once you get back to home.