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I look at the piste map for Borovets (http://www.piste-maps.co.uk/Piste-Maps/Bulgaria/Borovets-Piste-Map.pdf) and it just reminds me of American resorts. Most of it is below tree line, and many of the pistes look pretty straight, which usually means the trees are mostly skiable.

 

Is it really a land of skiable trees and small crowds? Or, is the terrain not worth it? Will I really enjoy the trees for an entire week, or would I get bored and crave the massive amount of terrain on offer in the Alps?

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I live near an airport full of budget airlines and work for a hotel company. I can do that just about any weekend I like. No need to waste a ski day/night. wink.gif

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I've never skied in Bulgaria but visited bansko looking at apartments a few years back and I know loads of people who've skied there. Bansko actually does have a decent ski area with some good off piste. It's lift system doesn't match and friends of mine went last year and queued over an hour each day just to get up the mountain. That was in January. The resorts used to be seen as a bargain basement way of getting onto snow but they're not as cheap as they used to be. Borovets skiing sounds ok but I gather the place is rather tacky. Pamporovo is a beginners resort and the snow record of all of them is not good.

My advice if you're a serious skier is avoid. There are other reasons that would put me off but they're more about the poverty in parts of the villages next door to 5 star hotels and rich Russians rather than skiing. Pretty awful roads and uncomfortable transfers from Sofia as well.

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I've never skied in Bulgaria but visited bansko looking at apartments a few years back and I know loads of people who've skied there. Bansko actually does have a decent ski area with some good off piste. It's lift system doesn't match and friends of mine went last year and queued over an hour each day just to get up the mountain. That was in January. The resorts used to be seen as a bargain basement way of getting onto snow but they're not as cheap as they used to be. Borovets skiing sounds ok but I gather the place is rather tacky. Pamporovo is a beginners resort and the snow record of all of them is not good.

My advice if you're a serious skier is avoid. There are other reasons that would put me off but they're more about the poverty in parts of the villages next door to 5 star hotels and rich Russians rather than skiing. Pretty awful roads and uncomfortable transfers from Sofia as well.

 

Thanks for the tips.

 

I'm pretty familiar with poverty next to luxury, uncomfortable road journeys, and rich Russians, having lived in Moscow and St. Petersburg. But, the lifts and pistes (or to be more precise, the trees between the pistes) were what I was curious about. Sounds like they're not worth it.

 

I'll save the tree skiing for my next trip back to the US.

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 Borovets as a first timers resort is ok , as an intermediate, not bad so long as theres a decent amount of snow (obvs) however there is little off piste and the trees are not really accessible. I'd go back to Borovets rather not go skiing at all but would not choose to otherwise.

 It used to be cheap and cheerful, these days its not as cheap and too crowded to be cheerful.

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 however there is little off piste and the trees are not really accessible.

 

Thanks. That's what I was hoping someone would know. It definitely looks like a no-go.

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I would advice Bansko. The accomodation is really cheap. Ask for a quota at reservations@voyagers-club.com

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