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Borovets, the oldest Bulgarian winter resort, nowadays the biggest and the most modern, is situated on the Northern slopes of Rila Mountain among old pine woods at 1350 m above sea level. Borovets is of Alpine type and is located at the foot of Musala peak (2925 m), the highest peak on the Balkan Peninsula. The resort is a regular host of various winter sports competitions and it has twice hosted World Cup competitions in Alpine skiing. Its biathlon track is one of the best in Europe.
Borovets provides excellent conditions for snow sports: skiing, night-skiing, snowboarding, cross-country skiing, ski jumps, biathlon, ski-doo, etc.
* Night skiing: valid from 5 pm till 10 pm.
* Cross-country skiing: 35 km of cross country trails designed at minimum width of 6 m.
* Biathlon: facilities available for training and competitions.
* Ski-doo: available 2-person ski-doos and route instructors.
* Ski jumping: every Wednesday a Ski Jumping Show.
There are ski pistes for beginners, intermediates and advanced skiers. Located in three different regions all ski runs have international markings and multilingual signs. Cross-country and biathlon tracks are located 2 km away from the resort together with the cross-country tuition tracks.
The ski school is one of the best in Bulgaria with more than 200 ski-instructors mostly former professional skiers, fluent in foreign languages. There are ski and snowboard rental services around the Gondola lift station.
Borovets ski centre is serviced by a well developed lift system. The lift infrastructure of the resort is designed with drag lifts, baby tows, seat chain lifts, plus a gondola lift with a capacity of 1200 persons per hour. The total capacity of all tow lifts of Borovets is 8150 persons per hour.
Usually the slopes of Borovets have snow cover from mid December till May. 14 snow cannons for artificial snow are used to guarantee the snow coverage if needed. The average temperature during the coldest month January is 4.8ºC.
With an average annual temperature of -3 °C Musala is the coldest place in Bulgaria and the entire Balkan Peninsula. Temperatures stay below 0 °C for about 8 months each year. Due to this about 45 % of the annual precipitation on Musala is snow and snow coverage lasts for about 200 days (more than 6.5 months). Mountain rescue service is available 24 hours a day.
Borovets was recently voted the 3rd cheapest option for a ski holiday in Europe with an average weekly cost of £241.10. This resort is known as the most interesting ski centre regarding party time.
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