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Date: Feb 06
Our holiday: 4 lads, 3 intermediates, 1 beginner, late booking
Website : www.bulgariaski.com
Basics : Booked a late package with Ingams, 3 hours flight (I think) and a 1hr coach transfer
Lift system : 1 big gondola, plenty of chair lifts and a few button lifts. Not the greatest or quickest but not to bad. Beware that when the gondola is closed then the queues everywhere else are horrendous.
The terrain : Limited. A good few green and blueâ€™s, and a reasonable amount of reds but not many blacks at all. Plenty of terrain for the beginner, but the more advanced amongst felt we were getting to the end of what was to offer in a week. The piste wasnâ€™t that well maintained either, a few bare spots even first thing
The snow : Lots, had 1 day when we were running low but a huge amount over night soon sorted that out
Off-piste : Didnâ€™t indulge myself but I would guess that there isnâ€™t a whole lot of it
The resort : Not a bad place, but a bit seedy. Plenty of bars and places to eat, but mixed in with plenty of lap dancing clubsâ€¦.
Food : We ate mostly out our hotel and so long as you like meat is was very good, not sure about the resort itself
Accommodation : Stayed in Hotel Edleweiss and was very impressed. Rooms were clean, beds were comfy and the food was good and plentiful. It was 15 mins walk from the town which kept us away from the nasty bits, and gave us a walk in the morning to wake us up from the nights fun and games. If anyone else goes there it is the one thing of the holiday that I would recommend without hesitation
Costs: CHEAP! The trip itself was not very much money, and you donâ€™t spend huge amounts whilst youâ€™re there either. 1 week lift pass was about ÂŁ70, ÂŁ1 per pint and a meal will cost about ÂŁ5 per head. It is getting more expensive though as more people go.
Conclusion: Well itâ€™s ok and nothing more. If you are a beginner and can get over the seedy feel of the town then you will be fine and it is worth the money saved from a Western European resort. Any more skills than that and you may struggle with the lack of variety. In honesty we had a very good trip, the hotel was superb and the skiing conditions were good to, but we didnâ€™t mind doing the same piste 2 or 3 times in the trip and I know some of you will see this as a big problem. The hire equipment is not great quality, functional but not in the same league as other more expensive places. I think it comes down to the budget you have. If youâ€™re skint but must have your ski fix then do it, but accept that it is cheap for a reason. If youâ€™ve got a few more ÂŁâ€™s in the pocket the go else where as the variety and feel of the town make the money well spent.
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