Activities, Bulgaria
 5 Oct '23
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If you’re looking for a ski holiday destination that combines stunning scenery, affordable prices and great slopes, look no further than Borovets in Bulgaria. Borovets is the oldest and largest ski resort in Bulgaria, and it has something for everyone, from beginners to experts, from families to party-goers. In this blog post, I’ll tell you everything you need to know about Borovets, including the ski pistes, accommodation and importance of the winter sport area compared to Alps.


Borovets is located in the Rila Mountains, about 70 km from Sofia, the capital of Bulgaria. It has a long history of skiing, dating back to 1896 when it was founded as a hunting lodge for the Bulgarian royal family. Today, it is a modern and lively resort that attracts thousands of skiers and snowboarders every year.

The ski centers

The ski area of Borovets consists of three linked ski centres: Sitnyakovo, Yastrebets and Markudjik. Together, they offer 58 km of pistes, ranging from easy green runs to challenging black runs. The highest point is 2,560 m at Markudjik, where you can enjoy panoramic views of the surrounding mountains. The slopes are well-groomed and equipped with snow cannons to ensure good snow conditions throughout the season.

Choose a slope following your level

One of the best things about Borovets is that it caters to all levels of skiers and snowboarders. If you’re a beginner, you can learn the basics at one of the many ski schools that offer lessons in English and other languages. You can also practice on the gentle slopes of Sitnyakovo, where you’ll find a 70 m high ski jump ramp and a terrain park for freestyle enthusiasts. If you’re an intermediate skier or snowboarder, you can explore the wide and varied runs of Yastrebets, where you’ll find the longest run in the resort (6 km) and a fun park with rails, boxes and kickers. If you’re an expert skier or snowboarder, you can test your skills on the steep and challenging runs of Markudjik, where you’ll find some of the best off-piste opportunities in Bulgaria.

Other sports & things to do in Borovets

There are some other activities in Borovets as snowmobile, ski-doo, lift break, fortress visit or a spa afternoon:

1. Borovets Snowmobile Adventure

This 1-hour tour takes you through the snowy forests of Borovets on a snowmobile. You’ll receive a safety briefing before departing from the Borovets Ski Resort¹. The tour is offered by MeOnTour – from locals to glocals and costs € 59.95 per adult – GO!

2. Borovets: Deposit for Snowmobile Safari with Instructor

This tour is also a 1-hour experience that takes you through the forests of the Rila Mountains. You’ll receive safety instructions before embarking on your adventure². The tour is offered by Ski & Board Traventuria Borovets and costs € 14 per person – GO!

3. Rila Mountain Winter Day Trip

Feel the winter spirit and enjoy a refreshing day trip to Rila Mountain. Customize the tour and choose between several different options depending on your preferences including skiing, ski-doo, lift break, fortress visit or a spa afternoon for € 90 per person – GO!

Trips from Borovets

You can make several trip from Borovets, as a Thermal Pool Escape, an exploration of the hottest Thermal water in the Balkans, exploring the Rila mountain, visiting the Rila monastery.


Another great thing about Borovets is that it offers a range of accommodation options to suit every budget and taste. You can choose from cozy chalets, comfortable hotels, modern apartments or even camping sites. Whatever you choose, you’ll be close to the slopes and the resort centre, where you’ll find plenty of shops, restaurants, bars and clubs. Borovets is known for its lively nightlife, with many venues offering live music, karaoke, DJs and dancing until the early hours.

Group & organized travel

Borovets group fun & organized

Organized Ski Holidays in Borovets

Are you looking for a fun and affordable winter getaway? Then you should go on ski holidays to Borovets, Bulgaria! Borovets is a charming ski resort with beautiful scenery, lively nightlife and great slopes for all levels. And if you book now, you can get a Black Friday discount of up to 50% on your accommodation, ski pass and equipment rental. Don’t miss this amazing opportunity to enjoy the snow and the sun in Borovets, Bulgaria!


Balkan Holidays Black Friday sale

Balkan Holidays Black Friday sale with £100 off a booking for Package holidays to all destinations

Code: BF100

Expiry: 27/11/2023

Importance of Borovets

Borovets is not only a great ski resort, but also an important winter sport area in Bulgaria and Eastern Europe. It has hosted many international competitions, such as the Alpine Skiing World Cup in 1981 and 1984, and the Biathlon World Championships in 1993. It is also a popular training ground for many national teams and Olympic athletes. Borovets is proud of its skiing heritage and culture, and it strives to improve its facilities and services every year.

Borovets compared to Alpine resorts

Borovets is a ski resort that can rival any of the Alpine resorts in terms of quality, variety and value. It offers a unique combination of natural beauty, cultural charm and winter fun that will make your ski holiday unforgettable. If you’re looking for a new and exciting ski destination, don’t miss Borovets in Bulgaria!


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