Borovets, known until the middle of the last century as Chamkoria,
is the oldest mountain resort in Bulgaria. Its origin dates back to
1896 when Kniaz Ferdinand – the Bulgarian monarch at the time, had
his summer residence and several hunting lodges built here. His example
was followed by many wealthy families from Sofia who subsequently built
their summer cottages in Borovets. In 1942, the name of the resort was
changed to Borovets – a literal translation of the Turkish word Chamkoria
- “pine trees”.
In the 60s and 70s of the last century the resort became the largest
winter sports center in the Balkans – new ski drags and lifts were erected,
the ski slopes were widened, many of them were homologated and numerous
alpine style hotels were built. The investments in the development of the
skiing infrastructure were fast recognized by the international community.
In 1974 Borovets hosted the “Borovets” Cup - the first race from the FIS
Calendar in Bulgaria. Ten European and two World Cups followed soon.