30% more skiers are expected in Borovets

30% more skiers are expected in Borovets

24 Hours, 12.10.05, Tihomir Tonchev

8 of the most modern snow maintenance machines will take care of the piste in Borovets next winter, to keep them in perfect condition for the skiers. Borosport will invest between 4 and five million BGN for the new season. This was announced from the firm which maintains the ski equipment in the resort. 2 brand new slope maintenance machines, from the leading Italian firm Prinot, Everest model are provided for the new season. They are being installed for the first time here in Bulgaria. They can spin in 360 degrees, which makes them very comfortable for the maintenance of the pistes. Two other Prinot machines were bought last year, but they were a smaller modification. Borosport has 4 Kesborer machines. The new machines can maintain 90 decares for just one hour announced Milkov. A Swiss AEBY truck was also provided for the easy access of all the pistes. Every Wednesday during the winter season, the new machines will make a show for the tourists. In the evenings they will show their abilities among fireworks, attraction descending of ski instructors and music. The two new wire lifts will work on their full capacity. 22- 23 million BGN were invested in 2004 for new equipment. The first line Yastrebets express will replace ex- ski drug Kotva, which serviced Yastrebets 1, 2 and 3. The lift is 2100 meters long. The new line is 1950 meters long. Each of the lifts is with 2400 people per hour capacity. The new lifts changed the vision of the resort. The total capacity of all of the equipments is now 14 200 people, per hour which means that this is the number of skiers that can ski at the same time. Three individual zones are being differentiated in Borovets with over 40 kilometers total length of the pistes, announced Borosport. This makes it possible for the tourists to use the most appropriate pistes according to the weather conditions. Even if the wind is strong, when the cabin lift doesnt work, the skier can use the lower parts of the pistes in front of Rila hotel. At the moment a ski stadium is being constructed there for beginners to practice the white sports. There are 4 ski drugs with 1200 persons per hour capacity. There are 2 more lifts. The pistes are lighted and equipped with snow cannons for artificial snow. Night skiing will be allowed till 10.00 pm. The pistes on the higher parts of Markudjitsite are for experts. The average zone is Yastrebets. Everyone is working hard for the opening of the new skiing season. A new energy system is also being constructed. We are first going to improve the infrastructure and then will continue with the equipment, explained Milkov. These activities need a lot of money, and they are usually not clear to the common tourist- this is an investment for the future, added he. The ski equipment is connected to one energy ring. It will be charged directly from Beli Iskar Water Electricity Central, which means that Borovets will be supplied with energy from two sites. The investments in the draining systems of the pistes are also planned. Every 5-6 years 10 000 BGN will be invested in the ski pistes for their protection from the natural processes. During the summer Yastrebets piste will be protected against erosion by nets. Communication system will be installed on every piste above Borovets which allows a non stop connection to the radio stations. The long waited junction of Muslenska path will open this winter. 12 kilometers long evacuation road from Musalato Borovets will allow the skiers to descend by themselves in bad weather when the cabin stops. The construction of the trace is under the control of the Eco ministry, because it passes through the territory of the national park Rila. The constructions are being done by hand without the usage of machines. Muslenska path will be completely ready for the new winter season. The evacuation road guarantees the security of the beginner skiers and tourists on the peaks. There is also a new project for the wire lift in the region of Markudjitsite. The old drug lifts there will be replaced by a four seat wire line. Snow cannons will blow artificial snow in Borovets during the winter, the two pistes in front of hotel Rila. This will make it possible for the skiers to ski from December untill April. Installation for artificial snow will be also installed on Yastrebets 2 piste. The investment program for 2007- 2009 plans the construction of cannons on the Markudjitsite. The biggest hotel Rila is going to be gasified. This winter the hotel will be renewed as the owner have invested 4 million BGN in it. A new conference center is also constructed. The opening of the winter season will be around the 20th of December, announced Peter Popangelov, one of the executive directors of Borosport. We expect 30- 40 % raise in the number of skiers during the next winter, said Popangelov. During the next season every ski lover will have the opportunity to compete with him. Everyone who beat him will receive a cup with autograph from the best skier in Bulgaria. The capacity of the lifts makes it possible for everyone, staying in the resort, to ski.
     
  • Ana Whitton From UK
    Sent on 06 March 2019
    I wanted to write a proper review of our hotel and experience while in Pamporovo, so this is the addition to my email. We flew to Sofia and the pre booked taxi transport was waiting for us. The driver (Kosta) was wonderful and we felt really safe with him driving. Our flight was late and we arrived to the Dafovska hotel after midnight. The reception was open and they were waiting for us. We were given sandwiches and water and shown to our room. The rooms were spacious and warm, the beds comfortable, bathroom lovely and clean. Plenty of hot water, the towels were changed every day and bins emptied. The hotel has Jacuzzi, sauna and steam room which is 12 leva per person with towels. I would have liked the water in the Jacuzzi to be a bit warmer. We went in every day after skiing, apart from one when we tried a different hotel. Snezanka hotel has a swimming pool too. Its ok but it was too busy for us and we decided to stick with ours. Their changing rooms are very very small and you have to pay extra for the towels. We chose half board. There was many things to choose for breakfast, hot food, pancakes, fruit, cereal & toast. Apple & orange juice as well as many teas and coffees. I have to admit I always take my own tea bags . Not having to cook dinner after a day skiing was very welcome. There isn’t really a great choice for strict vegetarians, but I always managed to find tasty food to eat. You can buy drinks from the bar, or bring your own. There is a free shuttle bus that takes you to ski centre Malina. Very busy ski centre. We met with the representative Nelly there. I would have preferred to have the information on what time to be where when we arrived. Nelly organised our helmets (you need to rent this separately, 5 leva per person), ski equipment and our instructor. Well! I cannot give more glowing review for our instructor! Alex was amazing, very patient, very friendly and knowledgeable. We had lessons in the morning, then lunch, which he was very good to organise with the local bar, then another set of lessons. The food in the bars by the ski school and at the top of the slope was very good. Big portions, quickly delivered. I only needed soup at lunch time which were homemade and delicious. Staff, at the ski centre and gondolas, didn’t always speak a lot of English or smile enough but they were never the less very helpful especially with children and beginners. We skied on our last day too and we were picked up from the hotel by a taxi to be taken to the airport. This taxi driver was not so careful and good at driving and we could not wait to get to Sofia and get out of his car. The whole organisation of our trip with BulgariaSki was excellent! Thank you all
  • Richard From England
    Sent on 10 February 2019
    Have just spent 5 nights at the hotel for the second year. Still same high standards. Had a after ski massage with Kateriua, spot on girl knows her stuff. Highly recommended her.
  • Tommyboy From Scotland
    Sent on 07 April 2018
    5th time skiing in Bansko, have been here over Xmas period and Easter break, hasn't always been a lot of snow but enough to ski for five days. It is a good value for money skiing holiday for those on a budget, food very good value and varied depending on taste, some restaurants better than others, again depending on personal taste. Not to sure what the nightlife is like as we stay in our timeshare resort The Balkan Jewel which is 3 > 4 miles out of Bansko, they operate a free shuttle bus but the last one back from town is at 4.30pm therefore going back into town would require the use of taxis. I am sure we will be back in the future.
  • Mitko From Bulgaria
    Sent on 28 February 2018
    Dear all, Borovets is a nice place to be, but it is risky to ski there. The slopes for advanced skiers are crossing the slopes for beginners and the slopes are negligently prepared with icy spots and snow heap places. This all is a precondition for accidents. The ski lifts are maintained all on the surface, they stop frequently and the gondola had to be scrapped years ago. So be careful when skiing in Borovets!
  • Lene willsea From N.i
    Sent on 28 February 2018
    I love Pomporova. Its our home from home.We first went in 2008, the airport was a portacabin and the lifts were a dangling wooden chair.. The place improves year on year. I would highly recommend it. VERY CHEAP once ur there. But with all upgrades the prices to travel are clinbing. Jumped 200 in two yrs.
  • Neo From United Kingdom
    Sent on 15 February 2018
    The hotel it’s a brilliant idea however there are aspects you would be surprised to stumble upon We arrived late at night about 10pm. Greater by a very polite hostes she kindly provided us with prepacked sandwiches as the restaurant closed at 9pm ( we called in advance to ask if such is possible especially when you have young ckranky from long travel hours in multiple travel vechicles The room very spatious. Bed cover had some suspicious sticky stains that absolutely horrified me at the thought that my children could possibly put their tiny hands on to that. One of the bath robes provided had a black stain on its back, the other bath robe had its pocket thorn out and just hanging. There was a massive flaky, mouldy, damp patch in the corner on the ceiling. The toilet was leaking on the floor. Breakfast food was cold and rancid with a queue for pncakes quite long and very impatient as pancakes was the only food that you could have still warm. Boiled eggs were cold and so hard the yolk was dusty . Fried eggs were dry... won’t even go to details about the rest of the food. As the drinks offered to be purchased by the restaurant aren’t the healthiest of choice for children (all the juices on choice contained added multiple preserving agents and colourants) we asked if possible to have some tap water. It proved to be a terrible mistake, we were told that yes but we would have to pay for it, then told that if they bring a jug for us everyone else will be asking for it, then he brought a manager who was more rude than the server and plainly put it that even if we have children asking for water we would have to buy bottled water and she is not prepared to give us water for free, unnecessarily often stressing the ?free’ word. There are far more many good things that are good about this hotel. It’s main let down it’s restaurant staff who are poor hospitality professionals and frankly plain rude.
  • Nigel Buckle From United Kingdom
    Sent on 17 December 2017
    I have stayed at the Orlovetz for 6 out of the last 8 years and will be returning in 2018 for another week. It has become my 'Winter retreat'. A modern hotel that stands out due to its prominent position and its design. The rooms are comfortable and warm with plenty of wardrobe space and an area to relax. The safe is in the wardrobe, which is really useful for your valuables. There is a decently equipped gym, a small pool (though you can also use the larger pool in the Perelik as well) a Sauna and massage treatments, great for those aches from the first days of skiing ! The restaurant was made larger a couple of years ago and now accommodates more guests. Both breakfast and dinner are buffet style, the food, in general, is of good quality and there usually at least four different options at dinner. There is a small bar in the lobby area and a Piano Bar on the top floor that has stunning views across the surrounding district. As it is the sister hotel to the Perelik there is a tunnelway that links the two and saves you going out in the snow if you choose to use the alternative facilities provided there. One of them being 'The Pub' (previously known as the Pampi Bar) plus a couple of night clubs and a bowling alley. Also as the Orlovetz is just across from the Schnezanka it is only a short walk to Daks Bar, often used as the first mornings meeting place for your ski passes etc.,which is a lively night spot with live music and very popular. In all a great Hotel within a great small town, try it , Pamper yourself !
  • Liz From England
    Sent on 19 November 2017
    I went with my daughter January 2018. I was a cheap half board flights included and we wasn’t expecting much.... but what a fantastic week we had!! Stayed at the Lion hotel which is about a 10-15 minute walk to the slopes/town. A free shuttle is provide by the hotel. The hotel and staff are lovely. The food was always varied and hot. My daughter and I are vegetarians and in only two nights were we disappointed with the choice - but we heaped up on pudding so didn’t go hungry. Am lucky enough to be going back in 2018.
  • val From United Kingdom
    Sent on 15 February 2017
    group of us just back from borovets.we arrived 4th feb 2017 and departed 11th feb.had a great time.hotel rila was fab.great gym and spa.food was good.ski school was great.we had a really good instructor Martin Hristov.he was really good with everyone took time to try and learn everyone.we all had a great time thankyou.will be back next yearx
  • Alison From England
    Sent on 15 January 2017
    I wonder if the poor review is really about the Winslow Elegance. We have been going for years. It does not serve food and never has done. However, the spacious accommodation is for self-catering. We have always found it to be clean and we have always found that the reception staff can not do enough for you. We are looking forward to our next visit in February, 2017, Bring it on!!
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