Bulgaria ski holidays in Bansko or in Borovets

Tue, Oct 3rd, 2017 @ 12:35:08 PM    1044    2   

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Bulgarian ski centers have become very popular and can compete with the classic centra in the Alps in France, Switzerland, Austria or North Italy. With this advantage that Bulgaria is a lot cheaper than other countries offering winter holidays. This counts for the service in the hotels as well as on the ski pistes. And that becomes interesting if you travel with the whole family! The best-known centers are Bansko and Borovets.

Bansko

ski-lifts in Bansko

Ski-lifts in Bansko

Bansko is an international tourism center as well during the winter season as in summer. It is situated in the Pirin mountains in South West Bulgaria. Mountain peaks, lakes and pine woods make the site so popular for recreation.

Improvements to the infrastructure of the ski area on Todorka are most responsible for Bulgaria’s rising share in European winter tourism. In 2003 they built a gondola lift replacing the ride in a minibus from town to the base area of Banderishka Poliana. Since 2010, the ski area has 75 km (47 mi) of ski runs, 14 lifts and drags that can serve up to 24,500 persons per hour. The lift-served summit is 2,600 m (8,500 ft) above sea level and has a vertical drop of over 1,600 m (5,200 ft).

Borovets

Borovets in winter

Borovets in winter

Borovets is a popular Bulgarian mountain resort situated in Sofia Province 73 km from Sofia. It is on the northern slopes of Rila, at an altitude of 1350 m. It is the oldest Bulgarian winter resort with a history that dates back to 1896. Originally, at the end of the 19th century, it was a hunting place for the Bulgarian Kings. Meanwhile, Borovets has developed into a modern ski resort with hotels, restaurants, bars and a network of ski occupying. The ski resort is at an altitude of 1350 m. The longest run is a gentle 12 km return to the resort along the maintenance road.

There are about 20 ski pistes. Depending on the difficulty they are labeled green, red, blue or black.
Ski lifts are of type gondola, 4-seat or drag. Within skiing, there is also night skiing and cross-country skiing. Except for skiing, other winter sports are ski-doo, ski jumping and ski instruction. The latter is of high level and low cost compared to other European ski-centers.

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