Originally Posted by Adie
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.