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A Saturday in Borovets

A Saturday in Borovets

A Saturday in Borovets

George Georgiev

The spring is on its way now and most of the people are on a shopping therapy during the weekend, because March is the sale month, when the new spring and summer collections come at the market. Although my girlfriend is recently on me for I have to renovate my wardrobe, I was not on her suggestion to fool me around the shops the whole Saturday. Instead of this I putted my snowboard equipment on, pushed the peeled board into the car and made my way to Borovets. %RIMG1After an hour drive I was in front of Rila Hotel and provided myself with a lift pass. My snowboard skills are similar to my nuclear physics knowledges so I chose the Sitnyakovo slope, because it is not crowded with people. The piste wasnt definately overcrowded, but the slope was a little bit steeper than I could overcome. On top of that I was depressed by the presence of a group of British snowboarders. They assessed the piste as its true worth. Of course we became friends soon and we exchanged experience. Actually they passed on me their skills. But the best part of all was a girl from the snowboarders' company, who came to be a photographer. So we took out our cameras to frame the magnificent view. I wanted to try other slopes in Borovets, so I said good bye to my new friends and went down. %LIMG2When I was in front of Rila hotel again, a downhill competition for children was taking place at that moment. I was astonished by the young kids, who were "flying" on the training piste and I thought to myself that I may be started with the winter sports a little bit later. Anyway, most important for me is to have fun, so I took the Gondola lift to Yastrebets. It was my first time to climb up the peak and I needed a certain time to become aware of the situation. I was lost in astonishment by the white beauty that surrounded me. The marvelous peaks of Rila rose in front of me and when I turned back I saw the white peaks of Vitosha Mountain in the distance. I guess Samokov, Pancharevo and Sofia were somewhere in the lowlands but at that moment everything was wrapped in clouds and I was standing proudly above them. If I have to be honest, there were several hundred skiers and snowboarders around me but as if they werent there at the moment. %RIMG3I sailed with the board as I followed a special trajectory which I had traced in my mind preliminary. It included the most sloping parts of the tracks. While I was relaxing, I watched some daredevils who showed confidently that there was no place they couldnt pass through and the marked routes were simply unnecessary. At last I took my way to the Apres Ski Bars, while limping slightly, but I had to get some food and of course drink the beer, I was so thirsty for. After this late lunch I was sitting on the bench blissfully and the sun was shining on me. I thought that at this moment I wasnt thinking of anything. %LIMG4May be this is the state of mind which the Buddhists have called Nirvana or may be this is the best way to relax. I cant give an expert opinion but the feeling was great. Meanwhile, I was having a chat in Bulgarian, English and Russian with different people from the tables around. All of them have the same expression of joint satisfaction. After the long break I took the lift down. Then I managed to enter the car as I pulled my slightly paintfull legs in, and took the way back to Sofia. %RIMG5In the evening I was sitting on the coach in front of the Tv set, with the remote control in my hand and with the lovely memories from this day in my mind. I had treated myself with contusion ointment and thus could feel the meaning of the phrase sweet pain completely. But this exact feeling was the one that made me repeat the great adventure next week as well. See previous photo report here!
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From brownie
from wales
Sent on 02 March 2014
Comments

Just returned from our first ski trip took a 6 day beginner course and our instructor was galia. She was such a lovely person and all the group enjoyed the week . The snow wasn't great but it was fine for us to learn upon.stayed at the hotel rila it is a 3star hotel but I must say the staff are awesome. It can be noisy if you are located in the studios as they face the street .people do party till the early hours and can be heard .if they can sort that out it would be even better I wonder what the police are doing .will return next year depending on snowfall.balkan holidays are a good to go with everthing was organise very well. the bulgarian people are extremely friendly. The chilli in bj's is worth a go.

From Celia & Tim
from Bristol UK
Sent on 22 February 2014
Comments

We love the Golden Horn! Brilliant bar and restaurant on the slopes. Staff are really friendly and work incredibly hard. A huge thank you to Michael, Milko & Mary for great hospitality. Look forward to seeing you next year. Take care and thank you!

From elizabeth
from united kingdom
Sent on 20 February 2014
Comments

We are at present staying in the iglika Palace hotel and when we booked the package i went to search , we where informed that we would be in a 3 star rated room , i am sorry to say this is not a 3 star hotel rating our room is more like a 2 . Staff have been terrible with us because of the argument over charging us for ski storage , this as to be a first, i totally dissagree , its so bad today we have had to go to the main office to sort this , we are the customer and to come back from a days sking and be met with verbal agression is disgusting. Please be aware the charge for ski storage is in the back of the Balkhn Brouchre p 38 and the cost is 2levi per person we will not be comming back to Bulgaria sorry

From Sparam
from England
Sent on 08 January 2014
Comments

Me and 2 mates come for skiing and party time anyone know we're the real fun is drinking games etc we are aged 20-25 and like a good time cheers arrive 18th jan 2014

From terryhusher
from England
Sent on 08 January 2014
Comments

In the White Magic. Having great cold beer pancakes. Very nice

From terryhusher
from England
Sent on 08 January 2014
Rating:  1/5
Comments

I am having a wonderful time in Borovets. We are spending lots of time in The White Magic. Christo, Janet, Lora and Val are looking after us with Amazing Food and Drink and fun times. Jools and Mickey are top people, so glad to meet them. Thank you White Magic you are all magic x

From Jools and Mick
from UK
Sent on 03 January 2014
Comments

We stayed here last year in a Studio -lovely and warm, quiet location. really nicely furnished and has a much need bath to soak the aches away. a little bit of a walk up the hill to the lifts however we found this beneficial as stretches the leg muscles and warms you up prior to picking up your skis. Great value for money. We are staying here again this year so see you on 4th January 2014!

From Jools and Mickey
from UK
Sent on 31 December 2013
Comments

On our way to Borovets on Saturday 4th. We are really looking forward to another week of skiing and socialising. Happy New Year to everyone who is out there.. let it Snow , let it snow let it snow! P.S just bought ski helmets ....makes sense! Get well soon Mr Schumacher we are thinking of you!

From Fraser
from United Kingdom
Sent on 05 August 2013
Comments

Hi, I was looking at going to Borovets during the Half term in Feb 14th till 21st. I have just seen that they will be hosting the European ski cup during the time i was planning going, will the slopes be closed off to the Public during this time?? Any advise will be grateful appreciated

From Steph
from MALTA
Sent on 04 March 2013
Comments

Hi, we are arriving in Borovets on Friday 8th March 2013, how are the weather conditions? i've seen rain on some of the sites does that mean the slopes are going to be icy?

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