Wednesday, April 16, 2008

Getting Busier

I have been busy lately. Since my last post I have been doing mostly:

Skiing in Bulgaria.

O
ur family have never skied before and so, in case we didn't like it, we decided to try the cheaper end of the market. Borovets in Bulgaria.

We stayed at the Rila hotel which was a really nice place. very clean and efficient.



It was reassuring to know that no guns were allowed !



On the first day we were issued with our lift passes and gear tickets and headed straight to the top of the mountain. We began our training with the instructor Eva another adult and several more children.



The kids picked it up quite soon but I was getting frustrated, not snow plwing and falling over !





Karen managed to transfer her water skiing expertise to the slopes too.



I was struggling, but the views were breathtaking.



On day two the top green run was fog bound so we had to practise on a low down blue route. This involved trying to dismount the poma, button lift, ski drag ( pck your own name ) on a steep slope. The kids were falling off all the time. We did get some snow plough turn training done but it was a bit of a disaster.

The next day the gondola was shut all day because of high winds. The instructor didn't want to put us back on the lower blue because of the previous days dismount hassle and the fact that the snow was getting slushier.



We grabbed a local taxi friver, George, who took us on a wee tour of the nearby Town of Samokov. I purchased some of the local grog called Rakia and a couple of bottles of wine. The prices in Samokov were less than 50% the prices in the resort of Borovets. I can also recommend eating at 'The Old House' in Samokov.

Thursday was excellent. We were back on top using the green toute and the top button lift. Eva took me away to do a blue route, I fell once but I was really getting the hang of skiing.

Friday was another disaster. Top runs closed with fog again and after an attempt to use the bottom blue ending up in several bad dismounts and people sliding off the hioll in all directions in slush, we gave up.

We had one more full day at the top on Saturday but by this time our instructor had gone to sit exams. I asked her replacement what we were going to do now we had learn't the snow plow turn and she said I would find out next year !!

In summary.
Hotel. great.
Food. OK but some strange stuff served in the hotel. We ate out twice.
Prices. Shop around. The resort can be dear and on top of the hill it's daylight robbery.
Skiing. Potentialy really good but spoiled by bad snow low down, lift closures and fog.
Return. No we have booked Passo Tonale for next year.





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