Skiing on a budget? look no further than Bulgaria
Some elements of the Bulgarian ski experience are basic, the infrastructure in the country allows nothing else, the hotel Rila in Borovets is more than adequate however, the most striking feature being a large communal lobby bar which is open 24/7 and is a great place to meet people. Food in the hotel is adequate but likely not to everyones pallette, eating out in resort however is generally very high quality and cheap as chips (no pun intended) I am likely to book board only in future as I am not keen on the hotel offerings at meal times.
The ski areas are well maintained, snow is more reliable here than other European destinations, queues for lifts are relatively small and there is plenty of variety in the slopes available, a little short on easy runs for beginners but plenty for the serious skier/boarder.
The ski intructors and indeed all staff are helpful and friendly, this is especially true of the Neilson reps in resort who I cannot commend highly enough.
Some folks however find the availability of adult themed nightclubs a tad seedy, warning to those taking minors!
Overall, not my first trip to Borovets and it wont be my last.
March 26, 2011
Hotel was basic like an old style travel lodge but the towels were changed everyday and rooms nicely cleaned. The hotel itself was in a fantastic location right at the bottom of the slopes and central the all of the bars and restaurants. DO NOT eat the hotel food! It is evil. Perfect resort for beginners and intermediates. Not enough snow when we went for any real off piste.
February 10, 2011