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Borovets in Bulgaria is the perfect resort for beginners and families who are looking for a great value ski holiday and excellent, on-the-mountain tuition. It's in our top 10 of places to learn to ski or snowboard with good reason.


The resort is smack in the middle of thick pine forests at the foot of the Rila mountains. It's a bustling and traditional place with a really friendly and laid-back feel.

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At a glance...
  • 58km ski area
  • Perfect for beginners & improvers
  • Excellent nightlife
  • Award-winning tuition
  • Saturday flying from Gatwick or Manchester
  • 1 hour 30 minute transfer

Everywhere in Borovets is extremely good value for money as well. There's a great selection of restaurants and bars in the resort centre. The pedestrianised areas are particularly popular after the slopes close.


Most hotels are four-star but the prices aren't. Many have an excellent range of facilities like swimming pools, spas and some even have bowling alleys and childcare. 

On the mountain

Borovets is in our top 10 of places to learn to ski or board as it’s perfectly suited for beginners and improvers. The slopes are wide and tree-lined to make first-timers feel secure and the tuition from English speaking instructors is excellent.


There's plenty for the more advanced too. Runs off the top of the Yastrebetz lift are pretty challenging, there's some good freeriding to be had and there's also a snowpark to grab some air time.

Borovets resort stats

Resort altitude: 1300m

Skiing altitude: 1300m to 2550m

Ski area size: 58km 

Number of runs: 18

Range of runs: 40% blue, 50% red and 10% black

Lifts: 9 drags, 4 chairlifts and 1 gondola

Night skiing: Yes

Cross country trails: 18km

Snowmaking: 60% runs covered

Resort bus: Yes

Borovets travel info

Departure airports: Gatwick or Manchester

Departure day: Saturday

Arrival airport: Sofia

Flying time: approx. 3 hours

Transfer time: approx. 1 hour 30 minutes

Off the mountain

You’ll find that Borovets is a compact resort. It has two main pedestrianised areas that are full of cafés, bars with live music, tourist shops and more. It’s quite the bustling marketplace.


A visit to the nearby Rila monastery is good for an afternoon's break. Or why not take a day trip into Sofia to explore the historic Bulgarian city’s beauty? It’s full of churches, palaces, monuments and shopping, of course. 

Families and kids

Borovets has a host of facilities and offers for families. The ski school run an English-speaking ski kindergarten for kids aged four to seven from 9am to 4.30pm every day. Lunch and afternoon snacks as well as two hours of lessons, skis, boots & helmets are provided. 


There's also a dedicated ski area for children called 'Boro-Kids'. It has its own magic carpet lift so little ones can learn away from the main slopes. Check out our Borovets offers as there's always plenty to help save families money.

Borovets offers

Save some money for après with our ski & board offers...


Stay at Hotel Rila on selected dates in January and Februaryand save on lift passes, ski and tuition packs


Stay at Hotel Samokov and get free child helmet and equipment hire, ski kindergarten and child tuition when two adults pre-book equipment and tuition

Don't miss...

Take a traditional horse and cart trip around the resort. See parts of the resort and the beautiful pine forests of the Rila Mountains that you'd never normally get to see on skis or a board.


For something a bit different, jump in a cab and grab a bite to eat in the nearby town of Samokov. You’ll find it incredible value and perfect if you’re looking for a taste of authentic Bulgarian cuisine.

Borovets snow report

Snow due
1st Mar

9cm expected

Next 5 days

Total expected

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2 for 1 lift passes
on selected dates!
Hotel Rila

Hotel Rila & Studios

Borovets , Bulgaria

From £449pp
Hotel Lion Borovets

Hotel Lion Borovets

Borovets , Bulgaria

From £379pp
Hotel Samokov

Hotel Samokov

Borovets , Bulgaria

From £379pp
Hotel Ela

Hotel Ela

Borovets , Bulgaria

From £369pp
Hotel Festa Winter Palace

Hotel Festa Winter Palace

Borovets , Bulgaria

From £499pp
Euphoria Club Hotel and Spa

Euphoria Club Hotel and Spa

Borovets , Bulgaria

From £459pp