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Snow time like the present

PUBLISHED: 16:05 08 February 2008 | UPDATED: 15:01 20 February 2013

Snow time like the present

Snow time like the present

Desperate to get on the piste, but think you've left it too late? Jane Parfitt profiles a new Bulgarian resort that still has accommodation available this coming school half term...



Desperate to get on the piste, but think you've left it too late? Jane Parfitt profiles a new Bulgarian resort that still has accommodation available this coming school half term...


THE FIRST TIME Sunningdale resident Karen Adams went on holiday to the resort of Pine Ridge, near Borovets, in Bulgaria, she loved it so much that not only did she and her husband decide to buy a chalet there; she's also set up a business to promote it.

"We went there as a family around two years ago and we fell in love with the place. We bought our own chalet and set up a website to let it out," explains Karen, who has two children aged eight and 12. The resort's developers, Zoldi, based in Camberley, contacted her and asked if she would market other properties in Pine Ridge and the result was Karen's business Borovets Vacations.

She now lets out two chalets and 12 apartments to holiday-makers who go to the resort to ski in the winter and for the sunshine in the summer.

With just a 60-minute journey from the airport, it also has the quickest transfer time to a ski resort in Bulgaria. Several major airlines operate scheduled flights to Bulgaria, including British Airways, Easyjet and Ryanair.

Located in the Rila Mountain range - the highest in Bulgaria - Pine Ridge is seven miles from the Borovets ski resort, the oldest winter resort in Bulgaria, as well as the most established.

Pine Ridge itself is a complex that's situated in the pretty village of Madjare, where there are good facilities that cater for visitors' needs, such as a shop and two traditional Bulgarian restaurants.

You can also order bread to be delivered daily and extra wood for your open fire. The resort is child friendly, too.

There is a wide selection of accommodation available, varying from three double bedroom chalets all with wood burning fires, and garages (some also have saunas), to one double-bedded apartments. All have fully-fitted kitchens, are spacious and are furnished to a high standard.

Also on site is a laundry, shop and brasserie facilities. There is ample shared car parking space, ski storage facilities and a regular shuttle bus service to the main ski area of Borovets.

For skiers, the Rila Mountains are 1,390 metres above sea level, with the highest pistes rising 2,600metres above sea level.

In addition to skiing, there are other recreational sports, including floodlit night skiing, snowboarding, cross-country skiing, ski jumps and biathlon, ski-doo and ice-skating.

And as for après ski, Borovets has much to offer by way of bars, restaurants and nightclubs.

Says Karen: "The whole area is being upgraded. Bulgaria is also bidding for the Winter Olympics." The other good news is that the resort had its first heavy snowfall in November.

Says Karen, who's a keen skier herself: "The skiing season lasts right through
until the end of March."
You could say that from now until April it's down hill all the way.





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