Borovets is Bulgaria's oldest ski resort which dates back to 1896. Located in the majestic Rila Mountain at a height of 1,300 metres it is not only a perfect ski spot, but also a lively and modern resort full of bars and cafes and these along with the many clubs that makes apres-ski a real attraction. There are about 58 kilometres of pistes, well-suited from beginners to intermediates, served by well-organized chain of lift systems (chairlifts and gondolas) for your convenience. In Borovets you’ll experience a resort steeped in tradition and culture, and of course the fantastic skiing opportunities you’d expect to find at Bulgaria’s 1st ski resort.
Location and Getting There
Borovets ski resort is situated on the northern slopes of the Mousala ridge in the eastern part of the Rila mountain and only 72km from the capital of Bulgaria, Sofia. The town is huddled in venerable pine woods approximately 1300 meters above the sea level. The pistes of Borovets ski centre are located at 2000m above the sea level while some of them extend to surprisingly 2600 meters!
Borovets is also easily accessible. The nearest airport is in Sofia at only 70km from where you can get a car or a shuttle. For your convenience, we also provide a range of services that would help you reach your destination.
History and Development
Borovets, known as Chamkoria until the mid 20th century, is the first mountain resort of its kind, in Bulgaria and on the entire Balkan range.Its origin dates back to 1896, when Kniaz Ferdinand – Bulgaria's monarch at the time, had his summer residence and several hunting lodges built there. In the 60s and 70s, the resort expanded to become the largest winter sports centre on the Balkans – new ski drags and lifts were erected, the ski slopes were widened and numerous alpine-style hotels were built, based on the French Les Arcs model in Savoie - also designed and built around the same time.
Today, Borovets is a modern four-seasons resort with an excellent network of ski slopes and lifts, cosy alpine hotels and numerous dining and entertainment outlets, at the backdrop of breath-taking nature.
Ski Area and Terrain
Quite rightly, skiing is its prime concern and Borovets is justly popular with all grades of skiers, with a setting that's near perfect right at the foot of Mount Moussala (2925 metres), the highest peak on the Balkan region. Cross-country and biathlon tracks are located 2km away from the resort together with the cross-country tuition tracks.The 58km of pistes are divided between the three ski centers, each of which offers intermediates something a little different. The Yastrebetz is home to long winding slopes, including the lengthy Yastrebetz 1, which snakes its way through pine trees back to the resort. Venture a little further up and you’ll find the Markoudjik area, along with its characteristic shorter, zigzagging slopes, not to mention the incredible views and deep powder. Lastly we have the Sitnyakovo centre, which offers intermediates a few short reds like the Martinovi Baraki 2, and the chance to chill out with some easy returns to the village.
If you are a beginner, this should not fear you. The Borovets ski school enjoys an excellent reputation where the friendly, helpful instructors make learning a pleasure and success guaranteed. Beginners start the week on the nursery slopes outside Hotel Rila but by the end of the week everyone is heading for the gondola lift and trying something a little more challenging.
Borovets also opens early and closes late. Four runs are open at night with illumination and sound. The runs are open until 10 pm every day. Night skiing is not included in the pre-bookable lift pass and other prebookable ski packs.
NOTE:Night skiing availability is subject to resort weather conditions.
The oldest doesn't mean the most boring one. Borovets is a favourite spot not just for ski and snowboard fans but also for nightlife enthusiasts. Nights in the resort pulse with myriads of shining lights and a variety of choice for entertainment and gastronomy - from the cosy restaurants offering savoury local cuisine, to bars and nightclubs. Been catering for foreign tourists for many years now, the staffs are known to be friendly and professional. Most of the places work till the early morning to make sure you don't leave the fun before it is over!
Did you know...?
1.The resort has twice hosted World Cup competitions.
2. It is located very close to Musala - the highest peak at the Balkans at 2925m
3. It is a perfect summer holiday - not too hot or cold, it is a favorable spot for hikers and mountain climbers.
4. Numerious activities - Apart from skiing and partying, there are a variety of excursions to authentic places such as the ancient Rila Monastery, the capital of Sofia and the beautiful city of Plovdiv. If you want something different, make sure you book them in advance as seats tend to fill fast! Contact your representative for further information.