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Borovec, Bulgaria


Borovec has got the lot and is probably  the number one ski resort in Bulgaria. It was Bulgaria’s first ski resort, dating from the 19th century when it was only known to an exclusive few - but now everyone has the opportunity to experience this fun-packed, snow filled spectacular destination! Set amidst the majestic forest-clad Rila Mountains, once a hunting ground for Bulgarian Kings, Borovets is now internationally renowned. There are lots of bars and cafes, and these along with the many clubs make aprés-ski a real attraction. Quite rightly, skiing is its prime concern and Borovets is justly popular with all grades of skiers, with a setting that’s near perfect. If you haven’t discovered this premier ski resort yet, you’re in for a treat! One of the most popular Bulgarian ski destinations has turned into an even better place to spend a winter holiday.

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Over 2 km of slopes in the heart of the resort has been transformed by six new snow cannons, flood lights and music, so the skiing can go on even after the sun goes down. All this is open between 5.00 - 10.00 pm, so if you want a lie in, after the pub crawl the night before, you can still get a decent fun of skiing.*
If you don't want to participate in the evening entertainment on the slopes, there are special evening events, ski shows and carnivals organised for your enjoyment.
Another new 12 kilometres ski run “Mousalenska pateka” has been added to the existing 40 kilometres of total ski runs, connecting the “Markoudjik” and the “Borovets” ski areas. “Mousalenska pateka” is appropriate for the beginner and intermediate level skiers and snowboarders. More snow cannons have been added for season 2004/05 and visitors to the resort should expect further upgrades and improvements to the lift network for the next season, as the management
of the resort promises.

 
The Resort in Figures  
highest ski point 2560 m
height of resort 1323 m
marked runs 40 km
longest run 6 km
cross country trails 18 km
direction of slopes North
 Lifts:     2 chair, 9 drag, several baby drags and one gondola length rise
1. Chair 1902 m 516 m
2. Chair 1209 m 450 m
3. Gondola 482 7m 1046 m
4. Drag 615 m 145 m
5. Drag 1440 m 476 m
6. Drag 520 m 90 m
7. Drag 903 m 213 m
6. Drag 1086 m 308 m
9. Drag 1031 m 350 m
 
Airports  
airport of arrival Plovdiv
distance to resort 120 km
transfer time 2 1/2 hrs
   
airport of arrival Sofia
distance to resort 75 km
transfer time 1.5 hr

 

Shops
There are wide variety of shops, stalls and kiosks in the village centre. The shops in the Hotel Rila and Samokov sell branded ski wear and other clothes, souvenirs, and snacks. The stalls, situated along the main street sell a variety of skis, ski clothing, clothes, CDs and souvenirs.
Restaurants, Bars and Discos
There are plenty of restaurants and bars for every type of occasion. A cosy inn with a log fire, or busy bars with loud music and dancing. There are also many discos, dotted around the resort. Wherever you go, the atmosphere in all venues is fantastic, with people from all over Europe mixing together and having a great time.
Medical Arrangements
In Borovets, round-the-clock mountain rescue service, ambulance, clinic (with doctor and nurse) plus first aid service on all ski slopes; X-ray facilities are also available in Borovets and Samokov. Note that most medical services must be paid for locally in cash. The centres  will provide receipts to enable you to claim back from your insurance company once you get back to the UK.

 

 

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