Starting the Bulgarian ski season

Starting the Bulgarian ski season

SofiaEcho, Ivan Vatashov

AFTER much anticipation, the time has come to launch ski season 2005/2006 in Bulgaria and it appears that hosts have prepared themselves to meet their guests properly. Ski legends Rosi Mittermeier, Mark Girardelli and Franz Klammer will ski the Alberto Tomba run near Bansko on December 17 for the launch of the official opening of the ski season in Bansko. The three skiing stars will take part in the ceremony at the invitation of the Bulgarian Skiing Federation, Bansko Municipality, local tourist organisations and the regions Alliance for the Popularisation and Development of Tourism. The official opening of the ski season will be preceded by a concert at the bottom station of the lift in Bansko, in which noted Bulgarian performers Beloslava, Upsurt, the Karizma duet, the Caffe band, Roushi Videnliev and Gravity Co will take part, with television and music presenter Deo acting as host. Pamporovo, another leading Bulgarian winter resort, expects a 30 per cent growth in the number of tourists this year, according to Nikolai Iliev, head of the company running the resorts lifts. The ski season there opened on December 10 with fireworks and a cocktail party. The increase in the number of tourists is calculated on the basis of confirmed bookings made by tour operators and the sale of ski packages. Most of the tourists will be from Ireland, the UK, Germany and Russia. Pamporovo opened the season with new hotels that have a total of 1000 beds, three additional garages with a capacity for parking 90 cars, a snow clearing machine and new runs of a total length of five km. More than 55 million euro had been invested in Pamporovo over the past two years, said Georgi Georgiev, chairman of Pamporovo 21st Century, an association of hotel owners and restaurateurs. The hosts have every chance of attracting as many foreign tourists as possible, since, despite the constantly rising prices, Bulgaria continues to be among the cheapest destinations. As internet publication PRWEB said on December 12, accommodation, food, ski passes, equipment rental and the price of a few drinks in the evening were quite a lure in this country. Traditional ski resorts in Europe can be very expensive. France, Switzerland and Austria certainly offer very few bargains for winter sport holidaymakers. People who love their skiing and enjoy a bargain are heading for Bulgaria, the publication said. Bulgaria is scheduled to become a full-fledged member of the EU in 2007 and Sofia is actively bidding for the winter Olympics in 2014. This has led to increased investment in ski-area developments and property, as the infrastructure is improved dramatically to attract both winter and summer tourists. Ski resorts such as Borovets and Bansko are now among Europes top and offer excellent value for money.
     
  • Pepa From Madrid
    Sent on 24 August 2016
    Un citio presioso pero todo lo demas mentira.la comida,el personal muy mal.No lo recomiendo a nadie.Es una publicidad engañosa.Y de All inclusive nada.No se dejen engañar por las paginas web.Por desgracia en Bulgaria todavia el consumidor no es nadie.
  • Juglena Bankova From Bulgaria
    Sent on 13 May 2016
    Nie byakhme tam na Velikden i pisha malko kŭsno. No vpechatleniata sa ni poveche ot prekrasni! Velikolepna kuhnia (ne savetvat jenite na dieta, da hodiat za poveche ot tri dni, zashtoto yastiyata sa neustoimi, vkusni i ogromni)! Great stil! I mnogo priaten personal!(osobeno damata v restoranta) Pozdravleniya !
  • ger99 From turkey
    Sent on 01 March 2015
    We loved it. Had a perfect 2 bedroom apartment modern, clean new renovated With view to slope. Perfect location in pamporovo as central ski in ski out. Friendly staff, not ovr crowded relaxed athmosphere. our friends (group with total of 7 rooms) all very happy! It is away from city center but close to bowling and 2 nice reaturans.
  • ashley hensman From uk
    Sent on 01 March 2015
    Flora is a lovely hotel clean in a great location and the food was good just make sure you use the safes.
  • Enjoy ski From UK
    Sent on 27 February 2015
    Just came back from Sevlievo in Bulgaria. Drove up to Hotel Impulse in Uzana where I hired skis, boots and poles for myself and two children for just 17 levs for adult and 10 levs each child and used the hotel ski slope 5 levs each. Perfect for the kids first time as parking right at entrance to hotel and slope is 20m walk! Food in restaurant tasty and cheap. Perfect for beginners!
  • Charlotte Hennessy From england
    Sent on 23 February 2015
    WOW, thats all i can say about the previous week of my life. The snow conditions were amazing and the people were so friendly. The night life was always active and the rila hotel was especially fantastic. I loved the accommodation at the rila and i loved the way it is right on the slope. I wouldn't have changed a thing about the holiday and i would recommend this resort to everyone including beginners and experts. Overall, i had an amazing time!!!
  • Brian mcvey From Scotland
    Sent on 20 February 2015
    Going to borovets for 2nd time this time with my son. Had a great time 4 years ago, now with park I expect it to be a lot better now and it was brill last time round. 20 days and counting
  • Lasse WP From Denmark
    Sent on 15 February 2015
    We just had a wonderful trip to Pamporovo. We were a group of 10 adults, and 3 small children (1 to 3 years old), who stayed at the Castle complex, in 4 apartments, for a week (7 days stay, 6 days skiing) Everything at the Castle was great, and the staff was very forthcoming and helpful in every way. The apartments were very practical, and equipped with all necessities. Not luxurious, but really good and adequate in size and layout. You should note though, that towels are not changed every day. Towels are not needed to bring to the spa area and treatments. The food at the Excalibur restaurant was typical for the area, and well prepared. The staff at the restaurant is also great. The Castle complex is situated 2-3 km. from Ski center 2 (Malina). It is of course easiest if you are driving, but there are shuttles from the hotel to the ski center and lift. Ski in-/out is possible at the backside of the complex. We had booked ski- and snowboard packages, and that worked out perfectly as well. The snowboard instructor was a true professional. Patient and very focused on making sure that all of us learned the moves, at our own individual pace. Everyone had a great time, and learned a lot. The area was perfect for us, as we are all beginners on snowboards. Had we been on skies, I suspect the terrain would not be challenging enough for an entire week. We can definitely recommend Pamporovo, and the Castle complex, and will be back next year.
  • james From england
    Sent on 05 February 2015
    Lovely apartments bang on yasterbets slopes. Great spa and swimming pool and cheaper prices than borovets for food and beer. Best hotel and facilites in borovets
  • Jayne Gay From England
    Sent on 25 January 2015
    Just got back from Bansko what a fabulous week. A party of 6 which includes our daughter's aged 20-24 and the night life for them was great. No long queues, food good and we cannot wait for next year!
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