Welcome to Borovets
Though overshadowed by the more glamorous Bansko ski resort in the Pirin Mountains, Borovets claims 58km of pistes and a thumping après-ski culture that draws local and foreign visitors in droves between mid-December and early April. Just 72km southwest of Sofia, crouching beneath Mt Musala (2925m), this purpose-built ski resort is the oldest in Bulgaria. So perhaps it’s no surprise that lifts are on the creaky side and infrastructure could do with a polish; but these are small quibbles against Borovets’ crisp, pine-freshened air, tree-fringed ski runs and merry nightlife.
Borovets’ reason for being is snow. It is eerily quiet outside ski season, though there are a few hiking trails worth plying in summer.