Borovets is the oldest winter resort in Bulgaria, a spa centre since 1898. The resort is situated in the Northern part of the Rila Mountain, 1150 -1350 m above sea-level, at the foot of the highest peak Musala – 2925m.
Borovets is a quiet, sheltered place with average humidity of 80%.The coldest month there is January, July is the hottest. From September till April mornings are cooler that evenings, and from May till August the opposite is valid. Winters are long (negative temperatures hold more than 75 days/ and snowy.
In Borovets, the air passing through your lungs per hour is 240 liters more than usual, and for every hour you get 6-9 liters more oxygen. Your breathing becomes frugal and its frequency falls 15- 20%.
The moderately-continental climate, the higher number sunny winter days, the beauty of the mountain lakes – they are more than 100, the closeness of the mineral springs – Sapareva Bania/102 С/, Belchin Bania /62 С/, make Borovets an attractive sports and recreation centre in every season.
Borovets is the starting point for high-mountain pedestrian tours around the beautiful places in the Rila Mountain: Mount Musala, the Seven Rila Lakes, Mount Maliovitsa, The Urdinski lakes, the Rila Monastery etc.
After building the first ski-lifts in 1969 – 1970, the resort develops as a winter ski tourist centre and welcomes guests from different countries. At present times Borovets offers more than 45 km. of ski tracks, both for beginners and pros, in three areas – Sitniakovo – Martinovi Baraki – 8 tracks, Yastrebets – 3 tracks, Markudjika – 4 tracks. Available for use are: ski-lift facilities /capacity more than 8 500 people per hour/; long distance run-tracks in the Varnika and Shiroka Poliana areas, ski-schools with expert ski-instructors, ski wardrobes with modern outfits.
C – Chair lift; G – Gondola lift; D- drag lift
|Lifts, ski-tows, type, name||Type||Length, m||Bottom Station, m||Top Station, m||Vertical Descent, m||Capacity (people/hour)|
|Borovets -Sitniakovska Skala||C||1902||1344||1860||516||350|
|Borovets -Martinovi Baraki||C||1209||1340||1790||450||1500|
|Yastrebets – 1||D||615||1441||1586||145||550|
|Markudjik – 1а & 1 в||D||903||2230||2443||213||1000|
|Markudjik – 2а & 2в||D||1086||2180||2488||308||1000|
|Markudjik – 3||D||1031||2200||2550||350||1000|
|Track name||Number of tracks||Track Colour||Difficulty Rating||Total Length, m||Total Length , m|
|Sitniakovo – Martinovi Baraki||8||1 blue||Easy||19 000||397|
|Yastrebets||4||1 black||Expert||13 000||1040|
|Markudjik||4||4 red||Intermediate||4 875||310|