Sunday, February 12, 2012

Snow Bunnies Take Bulgaria

Gondola to Yesberets Mt.

Deciding to take advantage of the abundance of fluffy precipitation blanketing Bulgaria, we headed to Borovets, a local ski town, to check out the slopes, as they say. Or to shred some fresh powder, as Phil took to saying. This being his first time on skis and my first time in over 15 years, we're delighted to report that powder was the only thing we shredded this weekend. Apart from one epic fall that I took, resulting in a feeling not unlike how I've heard whiplash described, we acquitted ourselves pretty well and are looking forward to the next adventure on the mountain.

Skiing here is incredibly cheap and simple. It took less than two hours to drive to Borovets with some friends, and about $30 later we were on the mountain, complete with gear and lift ticket. The conditions, while incredible in terms of the amount of snow they've gotten this season, may have been a little icier and less groomed than some Colorado or Wyoming skiiers would like, but it worked out great for us.

Here are some photos from the weekend.

Phil, outfitted like a pro, thanks to our neighbor and school president!

Falling like a pro, mid-slope

Phil, ready to take the lift back up for another run

A long, easy run called Musala Pathway, which leads through the forest. Check out the snowy trees!

Taking a break on Musala Pathway

Borovets's quaint-cum-trashy town center