Bulgaria might not be the first destination that comes to mind when thinking about skiing in Europe, but it does offer some fantastic ski resorts—and fantastic value too!. Borovets is the oldest of the ski resorts in Bulgaria, dating back to 1896. Since the late nineteenth century, ski enthusiasts have been traveling to this part of the Rila Mountains for the fresh pine air and excellent snow. Today, skiers are hitting the slopes from mid-December through April. If you’re planning a winter vacation in Bulgaria, be sure to consider the Borovets ski resort.

Borovets is located a little more than 40 miles outside the capital city of Sofia. If you don’t plan on renting a car, there is local bus service that reaches the ski resort. Once you arrive, the mountains are all yours to explore. Skiers of all experience levels will find a challenge at Borovets Ski Resort. If you’re an experienced skier, you can hit the same trails that have held various competitions, including the World Cup in Alpine Skiing. Besides incredible ski runs, visitors love this destination for its luxury hotels, shopping, and wide choice of restaurants. You won’t feel isolated at this Bulgarian ski resort.

The mountain resort of Borovets also offers plenty of outdoor activity beyond skiing. Snowboarding and cross-country skiing are also popular activities here. For the thrill-seekers who want to try something new, one attraction at this resort is night-skiing. Different in so many ways from skiing in daylight, this experience will provide a whole new perspective on one of your oldest favorite activities. If you’re on the other end of the spectrum and are looking to take some ski lessons, the Borovets ski school is recognized as one of the best in the country. The lifts here are also in very good condition.

While it is possible to show up at the Borovets Ski Resort without having made arrangements ahead of time, savvy travelers will book in advance to get the best rates. If you try to make arrangements for lift tickets once you arrive at the resort, you might find that prices are much higher than you anticipated. Beyond the skiing, this resort is also known for its nightlife. Whether you’re looking for a couple of cocktails after skiing or you want to dance the night away in a club, both of these are options in Borovets. Some of the most popular nightlife spots include Mamacitas and Bonkers Disco.

One of the highlights of visiting Borovets is exploring the surrounding region. If this is your first time to Borovets, a great daytrip is to see the nearby Rila Monastery. This famous attraction is not only historically significant, but also beautiful. If you didn’t start your trip in Sofia, you should definitely take the time to spend at least a day there soaking up the atmosphere and doing a little shopping. Borovets is also known for its family-friendly atmosphere, so go ahead and bring the kids along. They can take a ski lesson while you tackle the more difficult slopes. Other popular skiing areas in Bulgaria include the Bansko Ski Area or Mount Vitosha. Wherever you go skiing, you will be amazed at the beauty of the scenery.

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