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Borovets is the oldest and the biggest mountain resort in Bulgaria. Situated at 1350 m. above sea level on the northern slopes of Rila Mountain among age-old pinewoods. Borovets is located at the foot of peak Moussala (2925 m.) - the highest one on Balkan Peninsula. Borovets is easily accessible, being at a distance of 74 km from Sofia and 126 km from Plovdiv. Established at the end of the 19th century as a hunting place for the Bulgarian king, Borovets gradually developed into a modern ski resort of high class and luxury hotels, haute-cuisine restaurants and varied leisure-time entertainment opportunities besides an excellent network of ski runs and lifts along the slopes of the Rila Mountain.

Borovets is the Alpine resort among Bulgarian winter resort, providing excellent opportunities for the whole range of winter sports - from the Alpine sports to cross-country skiing, ski-jumps and biathlon. The resort has twice hosted World Cup Alpine skiing rounds, while its biathlon track is one of the best in the world. The slopes have a permanent snow cover, more than a meter and a half thick, from November to May. The ski runs of various difficulties are suitable for beginners, intermediate, advanced or expert skiers.

Fact sheet

Altitude – 1350 m
Highest ski point – 2560 m
Marked ski runs – 40 km
Longest ski run – 6 km
Direction of slopes – N, NW, W
Cross-country – 25 km
Nursery slopes – 3
Lifts and drags – six passengers' gondola lift, one three passengers and one single passenger chair lift
12 drag lifts

Borovets skiing is divided in to two main areas. The slopes and runs are normally maintained in good condition and are designed with international markings and multilingual signs. Firstly, directly above the resort are the lift-linked slopes of Sitnyakovo and Martinovi Baraki. Served by two top-to-bottom chairs, with four drags and another shorter chair (servicing a ski jump) making up the rest of the uplift here, the terrain is largely easy to intermediate level stuff, cut down through the trees. The lower section of the mountain forms the nursery area, conveniently close to the village centre and much of the accommodation.
The second ski area is at Yastrebets, reached by a wonderful 5km/3 mile long gondola ride by a six seater. This accesses the resort's most testing terrain, which includes three runs which are used for international competitions. There are long reds, and a World Cup black beneath the upper section of the gondola, which will take you back to the gondola base station, mid station or to the resort's only T bar, and a very long one it is. Alternatively you can continue over to the Markudjika area. This is served by six short and parallel button tows and accesses the highest skiing in the resort and the only above-tree-line area, also known as the Moussala basin. Naturally it holds snow the longest. One of the runs here, Markudjik 3, has been approved by the International Skiing Federation (FIS) for giant slalom competitions.
The Borovets ski school is well known and respected internationally. It has more than 200 ski instructors, all of them fluent in different languages and many former professional skiers. Skiing classes are divided in to five difficulty levels, from A to E - in groups or individually with lessons for four hours per day. The additional The Peter Popanguelov Ski School for Expert Skiing employs ten highly-qualified ski instructors able to teach those who want to hone their skiing skills to the 'world champion class'. Cross-country and biathlon tracks are located 2 km away from the resort together with the cross-country tuition tracks.
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