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February 3rd 2010
Published: August 3rd 2010
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The large hotel Rila where we stayed.
Having only ever 'boarded' once before, in Queenstown New Zealand back in June 2006 and never having
been to a European snow resort I can hardly make a comparison. However just got back from an interesting
4 days at the Borovets resort.

I flew over from Gatwick with Chris and Richard from my exhibition organiser days, we started proceedings
with a wonderfull full english and guiness breakfast. Then a smooth 3 hour flight with Easyjet to Sofia, then
an equally smooth taxi ride up into the mountains. The Bulgarians unlike the Brits know how to drive in the
snow and are well prepared for it.

We were with the 'Hunters' school, equipment was fine, I had one young instructor on the first day who
had the 'disinterested 16 year old' vibe. But an older and superb instructor the next 2 days so that was

A few pointers on Borovets:

Food in the hotel is APPALLING, really really bad, you have to eat breakfast before a day on the slopes
but my goodness, it's a challenge to keep it down. Breakfast is usually included but it's far better just
paying to 'eat out'

By far the best bar we found was 'Salt n Pepper' Esp the Kareoke. Good place to get simple but filling, hot
and edible food which to be honest at this resort is the best you can hope for.

Snow - very firm and superb first 2 days, very sludgy and difficult on the final day, could hardly move my board.

Chairlifts seem to break down quite a bit

Borovets has a seedy side, if you don't like that best to avoid

Having said that, it's an attractive enough spot, and quite honestly for the money it is a good deal, you just
have to hope you get a good instructor. My more experieced 'skier' friends seemed to enjoyed it from the
sking side of things.

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