For many people, Bulgaria has often been viewed as simply a cheap and cheerful destination, and is often overlooked when considering European ski options. There is much more to the area than meets the eye. We don’t want you to miss out, so if you’re unaware of the potential that Bulgaria has to offer for your ski holiday, read on.
In the third of our series of blogs – where we highlight some of the reasons why we ‘We love Bulgaria’ – we will show you why Bulgaria is the perfect place to learn to ski or board.
Great resorts to learn to ski or board
Learning to ski can be a potentially nerve-racking experience for some. Luckily, in Bulgaria you’ll have nothing to fear. All three of these Bulgarian resorts have great ski schools, with good English speaking instructors.
When we asked our customers to vote for the best resorts for adult ski school, Pamporovo and Borovets came first and second respectively. This means they are the top choices throughout our entire Crystal ski programme – so they can’t be bad.
Bulgaria has the highest proportion of customers choosing to learn to ski here than any other country and with ‘First time ski’ packages available (including lift pass, rental and lessons – at time of publishing) – we’re not surprised.
Borovets has a great reputation as an ideal place for beginners. One of the best things about Borovets is that it’s such a compact resort, and virtually all the hotels are just moments from the slopes.
Our feedback from customers shows that they are incredibly impressed with the instructors in resort. All the instructors are basically fluent in English – and some are completely fluent, even picking up regional accents – (we’d love a cockney instructor on our next holiday). Common aspects noted include how patient and adaptable instructors were and their understanding of how to manage the different ability levels whilst skiers are progressing.
The instructors are also famously friendly– they’ll recommend the best places to eat at lunch and if you’re keen to learn more, they’ll tell you as much as you want to know about Bulgarian history, culture, food and drink. Because many of them have so much experience of British customers, they manage to quell any kind of apprehension or any kind of fears that some people may have – making the experience as enjoyable as possible for the nervy adult or the shy child.
The resort is great as well because – unlike many ski resorts – there is a very easy green run right at the top of the mountain. The ski school will have you up at the peak in no time. It’s fantastic for even the least experienced skier to get to the top of the mountain, and enjoy the views that everyone else gets to have on their holiday.
The ski area for children is in a safe, enclosed area. It’s in the centre of resort and also has good English speaking instructors.
Pamporovo is a paradise for beginners. The ski school is especially skilled at teaching people who have never stood on skis (or a snowboard) before. The majority of the slopes are green and when you’ve built up your confidence, there’s an excellent 6km green run to really hone your skills.
One of our team, John Williams, had the chance to experience the ski intsruction in both Borovets and Pamporovo. He commented:
“The instructors were great, really friendly. I liked how the first thing they taught us was how to fall over. We were stood in a line, completely still, only just in our boots for the first time. And they just said “fall over”. It was quite comical and unnatural, but they showed us how we should fall (and how to get back up) which personally I found very useful. Knowing how to fall safely is very handy when you’re rubbish at skiing.
In other resorts/countries that I’ve been to, they’ve always just put us on a small slope, demonstrated the snow plough, then off we went. In Bulgaria I felt it was a bit more structured as we learnt to snow plough quite precisely before we went on to the proper nursery slope.
The nursery slope that I went on in Pamporovo was cool – it was nice and wide, plus it was completely separate to all other runs, i.e. it wasn’t at the bottom of a green/red run so there was no-one whizzing past.
The people are great and everything’s really cheap – I loved it.”
So, to sum up, Bulgaria offers incredible ski schools, and resorts perfectly suited to beginners. If this isn’t enough to sway you, it must be remembered that all the Bulgarian ski pack prices are the most affordable. If you hadn’t considered it previously, Bulgaria should be at the top of your list for a good deal – especially if you’re looking for a great place to learn to ski or board.
Bulgaria’s great for learning. But if you want to check out some of our other favourite places in Europe for beginners then we’ve got just the thing for you…
The Best Places To Learn To Ski In Europe
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