Adventures / Adventure Tapas

Ski and Snowshoe the Bulgarian Mountains

Enjoy a long weekend playing in the snow in the beautiful Rila Mountains. 1 day off work.

Adventure Tapas
7 Nights
February, March

Take a trip to the Rila Mountains in southwestern Bulgaria for a weekend of winter adventures. You will spend a full day and evening cruising the slopes of the Borovets ski resort, and another day on a guided snowshoeing tour in the mountains. Your hassle-free trip includes:

  • 2 nights in a 3-star B&B at Borovets
  • Lift pass for a full day and evening of skiing
  • Transport / lift pass for snowshoeing
  • Full equipment hire for skiing / snowboarding, and snowshoeing
  • English-speaking guide for the snowshoe tour
  • Airport transfers between Sofia Airport and Borovets

Perfect for:
Weekend adventurers and skiers or snowboarders looking to explore somewhere new and exciting.

Need To Know

The following are not included in the tour price:

  • Flights to and from Sofia
  • Optional (free) tour of Sofia with - donations welcomed
  • Optional 1-hour snowmobile safari
  • Optional 2- or 4-hour ski or snowboard lesson
  • Meals (other than breakfast)

Sure can! A lot of people do. It’s a great way to meet like-minded people.

This trip will run with a minimum of 2 people, and a maximum of 14. Please note, if there are not 2 people booked the trip may be rearranged or cancelled.

Average temperature in Borovets during the winter ranges from -3 to 4°C, but nighttime temperatures can drop well below freezing. About 60 cm of snow falls each month in the winter, making Borovets a winter wonderland. Even when it’s cold, the days are often sunny with beautiful blue skies!

All ski/snowboard equipment (skis/snowboard, poles, boots, helmet and goggles) is included on Saturday. Snowshoes and poles are included on Sunday. You’ll need to provide your measurements at booking so your host can reserve appropriate equipment for you.

Proper winter clothes are required for the activities on the ski slopes. Basic ski clothes can also be rented in an onsite ski shop (jackets and pants). For the snowshoeing trek you will need sturdy, waterproof winter boots, or at least very good 3-season boots for mountain trekking.

The minimum age for this experience is 15 years old.

Your local host for this trip does not pair up solo-travellers who do not know each other and therefore the price includes a single room supplement.

If you’re travelling as a pair or in a group, and you’d like a twin/double room, let your host know when booking and you will receive a €85 refund per person.


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Located an hour and a half due south of Sofia, Borovets is modern ski resort in the Rila Mountains. Boasting 58 km of ski runs served by 19 gondolas and lifts, you won’t run out of areas to explore during your weekend. The highest point of Borovets tops out at 2600 m above sea level and provides beautiful views of the forested mountains. The resort is also home to dozens of shops, bars and restaurants for all your apres ski needs!

Start point

Sofia Airport - anytime on Friday

Your adventure begins at Sofia Airport (SOF). Your host will arrange for a transfer to meet any flight that lands on Friday. The airport is just a 1 ½ hour drive from Borovets.

Finish point

Sofia Airport - 18:00

At the end of your adventure, you will be dropped off back at Sofia Airport (SOF) at 18:00 on Sunday. You are free to book any flight that departs after 20:00. Alternatively stay on and explore Sofia if you have time.

What to Expect

The Plan

Get there Friday, and spend all day Saturday skiing or snowboarding the slopes of Borovets, one of Bulgaria’s leading ski resorts. Take a break in the evening, then keep going into the night. Spend Sunday exploring the tranquil mountains and forests on snowshoes before flying home.

Friday: Arrival in Bulgaria

Fly into Sofia Airport in the capital of Bulgaria where you’ll meet your host and be taken to the Borovets ski resort, 1 ½ hours south. Check into your B&B and rest up for a full day of winter adventure tomorrow!

Saturday: Skiing/snowboarding in Borovets

Pick up your ski or snowboard equipment, then hit the slopes for the whole day. Your lift pass will last into the night, so you’ll have all the time you need to explore the runs as well as warm up in the resort’s many lodges and restaurants. If you’re looking to improve your snow skills you have the option of booking a 2- or 4-hour lesson.

Sunday: Snowshoeing tour and return to Sofia Airport

Check out of your hotel after breakfast, then pick up a pair of snowshoes and join your guide on a snowshoeing tour in the forests of Borovets. It will be a chance to escape the crowds of the resort and immerse yourself in the peace and beauty of the winter landscape. If you like, you can also arrange a snowmobile safari. Your host will drop you back off at the Sofia Airport around 18:00.


Accommodation will likely be in the 3-star B&B Hotel Ela, or similar. Hotel Ela is well-situated just a short walk from the ski slopes. The hotel features a restaurant serving international cuisine in buffet or plated style, a cozy lobby bar with a fireplace, free wifi throughout the building, a sauna and a fitness center. Breakfast is included.

You will be staying in single rooms by default on this trip. If you’re travelling as a couple / with other people and would like a twin/double room please let us know when booking and we will reduce your quote.

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