Although it’s been overtaken by Bansko as Bulgaria’s biggest ski resort, Borovets still draws both locals and foreign package tourists. The improved road has cut driving time from Sofia to about 40 minutes. However, at the time of research there was no traction on the long-promised ‘Super Borovets’ project, which would increase the skiable terrain to 90km.
Borovets is among Bulgaria’s oldest ski resorts, as the slightly faded and worn structures and lifts attest. However, unlike built-up and populated Bansko, Borovets is simply a resort; most accommodation and services spill off the mountain. Out of ski season, when the shuttered restaurants offer only last season’s chalk-scrawled menus out the front, it can feel eerily empty. However, the thick pine forests here are excellent for summer hikes, and the mountain air is crisp and refreshing.