Ski Borovets - Bulgaria's Oldest & Largest Ski Resort
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Ski Borovets, the oldest Bulgarian winter resort with a history dating back to 1896. Borovets lies at the foot of Mount Musala in the northern part of the Rila Mountains at an altitude of 1350 meters, 73 kilometers southeast of Sofia. Originally the resort was founded by Bulgarian kings who built a palace and hunting lodges there. Borovets is now a modern ski resort with upscale accommodations, attractive local restaurants and an excellent network of ski runs and lifts along the slopes of the Rila Mountains. When you "ski Borovets" you will have a wide range of ski runs and lifts to choose from to match your skill level.
Ski Borovets- Enjoy Major Ski Facilities Set in Unparalleled Natural Beauty
Ski Borovets, in the shadow of Bulgaria's tallest mountain, Mt. Musala, at the entrance of its largest, most beautiful national park, Rila National Park. Ski one of its many well kept and lift-equipped ski runs, totaling over 40 kilometers, descending from a high point of 2,560 meters, with a maximum vertical drop of 1,420 meters. Borovets' ski season runs from December through April with a snow cover of more than 1.5 meters. Borovets enjoys 150 days of snow cover every year, for the delight of winter sports' enthusiasts. The lift infrastructure of the resort is very well developed by drag lifts, baby tows, seat chain lifts, plus a gondola lift. 1 six-seat Gondola lift, 2 High Speed Quad Chair lifts, 1 Fixed Grip Quad Chair lift, 10 Surface ski lifts and 9 tow lifts.
Ski Borovets When the Sun Goes Down
Ski Borovets at night, not just to ski more, but to enjoy a new way to experience and perceive your time on the snow. In February and March the temperatures begin to rise, and the cold is not so overwhelming, but even in the coldest month of January, night skiing is not to be missed. Put on a couple more layers of clothing and go down the hill in a sea of lights surrounded by the dark of the alpine forest. Even the chairlift ride up the mountain at night is an experience in sight and sound.
Borovets Ski Schools & Beginner's Slopes
If you're new to skiing, and you want to ski Borovets on your winter holiday, you will find excellent ski schools with over 200 professional ski instructors who are fluent in English, German, French and Russian. Group and private lessons are available at reasonable rates. Beginners start the week on the nursery slopes but by the end of the week everyone is heading for the gondola lift and the more challenging runs.
Easy Drive from Sofia International Airport
The drive from the Sofia International Airport to Borovets is 72 km (45 miles, 1-1/2 hours) and rather direct. Rental cars are available at any of the major rental firms at the airport. As the number of rental cars available at the airport is limited, you should make reservations well in advance of arrival. For safe and worry-free winter driving on snowy and icy roads in and around Borovets, you should consider a car with 4-wheel drive or be equipped with snow tires or chains.
Variety of Borovets Accommodations to choose from when you Ski Borovets
Like any resort area, you'll find a variety of Borovets lodging choices. For those on a tighter budget, the Moura hotel (3 star), or the 4-star Rila Hotel may be what you're looking for. Looking for something more luxurious? Try the 5-star Festa Winter Palace. On the other hand, if you are looking for luxury and privacy, your best choice of Borovets ski chalets is the 5-star Villa Stresov.
Villa Stresov was rebuilt in 1996 as a five-star luxury property by the Bulgarian-American family of Marianne Djidrova Nielsen, a granddaughter of the Stresovs, and Philip R. Nielsen, her husband, in its original Swiss style used 70 years earlier. Take a tour of the Villa online that includes several photo galleries (over 200 images) depicting not only the interior, exterior and grounds of the Villa, but also local Borovets-area attractions that include: 7 Rila Lakes, the Rila Monestary, Mount Musala, and much more.