Visitor reviews for Borovets Ski Resort

Borovets Ratings

Overall: 3.7. Based on 106 votes and 186 reviews. Vote

Snowsure: 3.7

(1) Occasionally gets enough snow for skiing, (2) is often closed due to a lack of snow, (3) occasionally suffers from a lack of snow, (4) rarely suffers from a lack of snow, (5) Borovets is snowsure even in the poorest seasons.

Variety of pistes: 4.0

(1) The ski runs are featureless and unvaried, (3) the ski runs are varied but not extensive enough for a week, (5) Borovets has diverse and interesting pistes including forests and high alpine terrain.

Off-piste: 3.1

(1) No off-piste worth mentioning, (2) off piste is out-of-bounds, (3) some varied offpiste that stays fresh for one or two days, (5) a vast array of off-piste routes that can stay untracked for several days.

Scenery: 4.0

(1) An ugly resort in a bland setting, (3) average mountain views and resort, (5) a spectacular setting and a beautiful / historic resort town.

Access: 4.2

(1) At least one overnight stop, (2) requires a whole day, (3) requires more than half a day – you may have time for a few turns (4) arrive by lunchtime and ski all afternoon, (5) there is a main airport within an hour of Borovets.

Public Transport: 3.6

(1) There are no buses or taxis to Borovets, (3) there are slow or infrequent buses / trains available, (5) getting to the resort is easy with frequent bus / train connections.

Accommodation: 4.4

(1) No places to stay in/near Borovets, (3) a few places to stay in the resort, (5) a wide variety of accommodation suitable to suit all budgets.

Cheap Rooms: 3.9

(1) No budget accommodation available, (3) just one or two hostels so book ahead, (5) several cheap hostels and pensions available.

Luxury Hotels: 3.7

(1) No luxury accommodation available, (3) just one or two luxury hotels so book ahead, (5) several up-market hotels in Borovets.

Ski in/Ski out: 4.3

(1) The ski area is located far from any accommodation, (3) a free ski bus takes you to the ski area in a short trip, (5) Ski-in ski-out accommodation is available.

Childcare: 3.7

(1) There are no child care facilities at Borovets, (5) the resort has excellent child-care facilities including at least one reasonably priced creche.

Snowmaking: 3.6

(1) Borovets relies entirely on natural snow, (3) there are just a few snow cannons, (5) there are snowmaking facilities on all pistes.

Snow Grooming: 3.9

(1) There are no snow groomers at Borovets, (3) occasionally some pistes are left ungroomed and in a poor state, (5) all the runs at Borovets are groomed daily.

Shelter: 3.7

(1) there is nowhere to ski when it is windy or visibility is bad and lifts often shut, (3) there are some trees for poor visibility but main lifts sometimes close, (5) Borovets is mostly in forest where you can ski in flat-light and windy days, lifts rarely close.

Nearby options: 2.7

(1) If snow conditions are poor at Borovets, it will be poor everywhere nearby, (3) there are good alternatives within an hours drive, (5) other locations on the same lift pass provide a rich variety of snowsure ski conditions.

Regional rating: 4.0

(1) Borovets usually has poor snow conditions compared to other resorts in region, (3) has average conditions for the region, (5) usually has the best snow conditions in the region.

Lift Staff: 3.6

(1) The staff at Borovets are rude or unhelpful, (5) lift staff at Borovets are pleasant, cheerful and eager to help.

Crowds/Queues: 3.4

(1) the resort is always busy and there are usually long lift queues, (3) it is quiet apart from occasional weekends and school holidays, (5) it is uncrowded and lift queues are very rare.

Ski Schools: 4.2

(1) No ski schools available, (2) one or two ski schools but local language only, (3) a few ski schools but book early for multi-lingual instructors, (4) plenty of ski schools and multi-lingual instructors available, (5) excellent ski schools with friendly multi-lingual ski instructors.

Hire and Repairs: 4.2

(1) Nothing can be sourced, not even ski-wax or ptex. (3) there are some ski shops but rentals need to be booked in advance, (5) good quality ski equipment can be purchased or hired and overnight repairs are possible.

Beginners: 4.1

(1) Beginners can only watch others ski and snowboard, (3) a few gentle slopes but beginners will get bored in less than a week, (3) Vast areas of gentle terrain.

Intermediates: 4.2

(1) No intermediate terrain at Borovets, (3) intermediate skiers will get bored after a few days, (5) vast areas of cruising runs.

Advanced: 3.7

(1) Nothing for advanced skiers and snowboarders, (3) enough steep terrain for a few days with some good offpiste, (5) Enough steep terrain and offpiste areas to entertain advanced skiers for at least a week.

Snow Park: 3.1

(1) Not even a kicker at Borovets, (3) average sized park quite well looked after, (5) huge park area and expertly crafted pipes, jumps and boardercross trails.

Cross-country: 3.3

(1) There is nowhere to go for cross-country skiing around Borovets, (3) there are some cross country trails available, (5) the area features many spectacular and well maintained cross-country trails.

Luge/Toboggan: 2.2

(1) No designated luge or toboggan runs, (3) there are toboggan runs that open quite often, (5) Borovets has long and well maintained luge / toboggan facilities suitable for all ages.

Mountain Dining: 3.7

(1) Nowhere to buy food by the pistes, (3) some places to eat up on the mountain but they are often busy and expensive, (5) there is a variety of excellent mountain eateries right next to the slopes to suit all budgets.

Eating: 4.2

(1) Bring your own food, there isn't even a shop. (5) A wide variety of places to eat and drink in the resort, from fast food to fancy restaurants.

Apres-Ski: 4.2

(1) Nothing to do, not even a bar, (3) there are a few bars in the resort but nothing special, (5) clubs and bars stay open until very late and have a friendly atmosphere.

Other Sports: 3.6

(1) No sports facilities at all apart from ski lifts, (3) resort has just a small public swimming pool, (5) resort has all kinds of sports facilities, including a full-size swimming pool.

Entertainment: 3.3

(1) Besides the snow and walking there is nothing to do here, (3) the non-skier will find things to do for few days but may become bored after a week, (5) the resort area is a fascinating place to visit, regardless of winter sports.

Winter Walks: 3.5

(1) Very limited walking and no snowshoe trails, (3) a couple of designated scenic walking/snowshoe trails, (5) extensive and diverse winter walking trails for all abilities.

Ski Pass Value: 3.7

(1) A 1 week ski pass is overpriced compared to the number of lifts available, (3) the ski pass is averagely priced and covers a reasonable number of lifts, (5) ski passes are excellent value for money and cover a lot of lifts spanning a big area.

Value (National): 4.0

(1) Overall, Borovets is one of the most expensive ski resorts in the country and not worth the money, (3) overall represents average value for money, (5) overall offers the best value resort in the country.

Value (Global): 4.1

(1) Overall, Borovets is one of the most expensive ski resorts in the world, (3) overall it offers pretty average value for money compared to resorts from other countries, (5) internationally the resort offers excellent value for money.

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February 02, 2014
alex from Ski Bulgaria Bulgaria
First two days here in Borovets. Slopes perfect for beginners and intermediate skiers. l'm not a professional skier so I can't comment on more difficult runs but I'm sure everybody can find quality skiing. Our hotel is more than lovely; food in lots of varieties and tasty. For the money we payed it's more than I expected. Lots of people moaning for no reason and that's really annoying as all of those comments made me doubt whether we should go or not. Don't pay any attention to all the nonsense reviews. Come to Borovets.
February 01, 2014
Colin from Ski United Kingdom United Kingdom
Just returned from Borovets from 4 days; I would not call it skiing. Very simple resort with little investment (lift facilities are very limited, set up is bland and there are ugly little shacks everywhere.The locals are so desperate that they all have installed a person, on the front of their establishments, who calls everybody and promises the best value, the cheapest drinks and food. Got fed up of them the first day. As the snow, at the moment, is very limited indeed, the only thing left is to drink yourself too silly. Plenty of that with cheapo alcohol everywhere. Funny, looking at previous feedback where person says skiing was limited but we drank a lot so we enjoyed it. Excuse me, if I want to go on a binge drinking holiday I choose Benidorm etc and will expect the above. If I want skiing, I expect skiing. True, the snow cover, in Bulgaria this season, is shockingly terrible so if you can cancel do it now unless you want to end up alcohol infused for the whole holiday. Only a few runs open and the forecast is not good. Will not go again. The money is irrelevant if you can't ski or there are only a few runs open. Pull a few more bobs and go where the snow is good, the runs are opened and there is less of a problem. Agreed with previous entry; you have been warned!
January 29, 2014
Amanda from Ski United Kingdom United Kingdom
Just finished packing ready for our 4th trip to Borovets. Had a week over New Year 2013/14 and the snow was . . well, there was a very apparent lack of the white fluffy stuff :-( but hey, that didn't stop us from having a fantastic time! Albeit we drank more than are normal skiing holidays but hey ho tis the season (or was then anyway). We have stayed at Samokov, Flora apartments, Moura Hotel and found them all to be spacious, clean and cheep (which kinda helps with a family of 5). They all have their + and - sides. Moura, I found the beds most comfortable but not so friendly there. Food was poor, no choice. Samokov food selection was great (albeit not as hot as I would have liked it). Pool was fab but cold. Great steam sauna area but paid extra for it. Moura & Samokov was a bit of a trek to the main area (in front of the Rila Hotel). But gondola opposite the Samokov (which I would recommend even if you don't ski go up because it is fantastic up the top). Flora, I think, is my favourite place as rooms were very large, food was good, staff friendly and the year we were there we could ski in -ski out. We always have a great laugh with the locals. And compared to what my sisters pay (for Austria & France), we pay half what they pay and we always go Xmas, New Year or school holidays, so can't complain about that. There is plenty of choice of bars and restaurants and like anywhere you only get back what you put in. BJ's is great fun and the Mexican, on the main walk way to the Rila, has fantastic food. All in all, for what you pay it's still great value for the money. And I can't wait to get back there in 6 days and counting! The hotels are basic really and I think if you are prepared for that you will love it. . .let it snow! I have 2 x 18 year olds and a 10 year old and fun always had by all.
January 03, 2014
George from Ski United Kingdom United Kingdom
Had 4 days over Xmas week. The snow this start of season is soooo bad that in the resort there was hardly anything to ski. Only some runs with artificial snow with a bus ride but you get this when the snow conditions are really bad. All in all, pure waste of time. Other people, though, seem to have an alcoholic infused holiday and the lack of white stuff seemed not to be bothering them. Will never book unless I see very good snow on the ground (maybe last minute deal os something). Temperatures are well into double digits and we all fell a bit let down. Place looks grim when there is no snow. Poor chaps coming for the NY week as the snow forecast was still for no snow for at least week. Night skiing at least made a little ground in Borovets favour. And one other thing: don't expect cheap prices for lift passes or eating out because it is not a bargain holiday destination at all. Annoying bar callers everywhere desperate to earn some commission and pestering you at least 10 times a day. You have been warned!
November 17, 2013
Alan flower from Liverpool UK from Ski United Kingdom United Kingdom
Stayed at the Rila, end of Feb 2013. Great location and facilities but food not the best. Ate out a couple of times at George's bar (1 minute walk from Rila); superb quality food. First time at Borovets; been to Pamporovo couple of times and the skiing at Borovets beats Pamporovo hands down. Ski school instructor, George, was fantastic. He took us off-piste a couple of times; had a great time. Have booked to go back again Feb 14 but trying the Samakov to see how that one compares to the Rila as only little walk up the road to the ski school meeting point outside the Rila. Would recommend the night skiing, had a fab night. Can't wait to get back there in Feb. See you all on the slo.
March 28, 2013
Peter Snook from Ski United Kingdom United Kingdom
Returned from Borovets on 23/3/2013. The snow was a bit hit and miss; the lower Rila area was not great. However, at the top of the gondola the snow was good, albeit the learner slopes had become hard ice. Very poor conditions for learners. We played off-piste at the left of the four man chair lift and had a good time with lots of new snow on the Saturday morning. Price for food and drink still the cheapest around! I have been 3 times now and always come away having had a good time. Oh and £105 for 6 day ski pass after 15/3 is a winner at the gondola.
March 09, 2013
stephen evans from Ski United Kingdom United Kingdom
Just got back from Borovets on March 3 2013. I first went to Borovets in 1982 when there was only 4 hotels and fell in love with the resort, it was good in them days, but now it's great. I go twice a year, 1 week in Feb and 1 week in March. I stay in hotel Breza, I eat out at Hunters bar; great food. You will meet Christo, I've known him for 15 years, his wife Serma plus Svilen and Megi, they are lovely people. A good night out. Also go to the White Magic bar, its run by Christo Anglov ex world cup skier and his family. There are lots of bars in the resort but I like them; two of the best. I'll be back next Feb for 2 weeks then in March for 1 week. Roll on 2014.
March 01, 2013
PETE TAVENER from Ski United Kingdom United Kingdom
Just come back from a great week's skiing in Borovets. Wonderful restaurants, friendly people and fantastic value.
February 24, 2013
Kenny from Ski United Kingdom United Kingdom
I am on my last day of our third ski trip to Borovets using the resort wide wifi to post this. I have thirty years of skiing experience in the Alps, Canada and Norway and we really like visiting Borovets due to the excellent value for money a trip here offers. We usually go for half-term with our two kids (6 & 9) and can eat out every night, get ski hire and lessons for the kids and get hot chocolate with brandy on the slopes for a fraction of the cost in any resort in the Alps. The snow at this time of year is invariably good. The locals are very friendly and there are lots of other activities in the resort if you want a day off skiing. The ski area is big enough to keep any beginners/ intermediates more than happy. There is a terrain park for boarders and for advanced skiers. Why not take a guided trip into the backcountry? I recommend Hunters for ski hire and lessons and there are lots of private rentals in the Flora complex, 75m from the nearest lift.
February 22, 2013
R Taylor from Ski United Kingdom United Kingdom
Stayed at the Flora apartments for ten days from 23rd Jan to 1st Feb. Although the snow was thin on the ground on 23rd two days later we had a massive snowfall which gave the greatest conditions I have seen in 12 seasons of skiing in various resorts. We could ski to our door and people were even skiing down the side streets of the resort !. The instruction was superb, Bulgarian people are friendly and welcoming and we shall definitely be going back again next year. The runs are all very enjoyable and being able to ski back to the resort and to the flats was a bonus.