ADVANCED

 

Package ADVANCED is suitable for children above 7 years old and adults who have about 20 days of skiing for the last 2-3 winter seasons, can perform parallel ski on blue, red and black slopes without worry. The package is also suitable for those of you who want to improve your riding technique, try different terrains and gain more confidence in your skills under the guidance of experienced teachers and coaches.

The participants are divided into two age groups: Children (7-18 years) and Adults (18+).

The training takes place at the “Lale” ski-slope, Vitosha.

The package includes: 4 hours of training (2 hours before lunch, a lunch break of about 45 minutes and 2 hours after lunch), equipment (skis, poles and boots), transfers from Sofia to NP Vitosha and back, mountain insurance and hot tea. The package does not include a ski pass for the facilities of Vitosha Ski.

The minimum number of participants required for the implementation is 15 people. In case that the minimum number of participants is not collected or the conditions at the “Lale” ski-slope are not suitable for conducting the training, an alternative will be proposed.

SCHEDULE

Starting dates for ski lessons for advanced skiers (7-18 years old)*:

  • 11/02/2023
  • 18/02/2023
  • 03/03/2023
  • 11/03/2023

*Adults (18+ years) can also join the group upon request.

** The duration of the package depends on your choice – it can be from 1 to 6 days. We recommend the 4, 5 and 6 days packages as most effective.

***Lessons take place during weekends (Saturday-Sunday).

PRICES

Prices:

  • 6 day ski package – 569 BGN
  • day ski package – 499 BGN
  • day ski package – 440 BGN
  • day ski package – 355 BGN
  • day ski package – 269 BGN
  • 1 day ski lessons 159 BGN

Prices include:

4 hours of ski lessons with a qualified ski teacher per day

Ski equipment (ski, poles and boots)

Transfer Sofia – Vitosha – Sofia

Mountain insurance

Hot tea

The package does NOT include lift ticket for the lift facilities of Vitosha Ski. View their prices HERE


 

DISCOUNTS:

  • Discount for booked second package or second member of the family – 5 %
  • Discount for booked third and any following package or third member of the family – 10 %
  • Family package* (two parents and two children) – 10 % from all four packages
    • *Depending on the skills and ages of the family members, there is a possibility the lessons to be performed by one teacher. We offer to make the payment in two installments.
  • Discounts for a second and a third member of the family and the Family package are applicable only when the lessons are performed in the same period of time.
  • Discounts can NOT be combined and are valid only for 4, 5  and 6 days packages.

BOOKING

1. Booking a lesson

Booking a ski/snowboard lesson from Machirski Sport Ltd. is made from Monday to Thursday; 09:00 am – 06:30 pm. 

Booking requests are accepted as follows:

Registrations are valid only after written confirmation by “Machirski Sport”, completion, signing and sending of the Contract and full prepayment made.

In order to book ski/snowboard lessons with a Bulgarian speaking group, the participant must have a good understanding of Bulgarian language. If the participant does not understand or speak Bulgarian, he/she has to book private ski/snowboard lessons with an English speaking teacher.

2. Payment

Full payment must be made up to 5 days prior to the start date of the selected course in one of the following ways:

  • by bank transfer – with wire transfer to the bank account of Machirski Sport: 
    • Bank account (in BGN): Machirski Sport Ltd., Bank: DSK Bank, IBAN: BG09 STSA93000001434 073, BIC: STSABGSF
    • Bank account (in EUR): Machirski Sport Ltd., Bank: DSK Bank, IBAN: BG32 STSA 93000021476478, BIC: STSABGSF
  • by debit/credit card – we will send you a payment link to your email or via message on your phone by myPOS and you will land on a secure payment gateway, where you can enter your card details and complete the payment process.

*If the payment is done by a company bank account, please send us company details in order to issue an invoice. 

**In case of payment after 12:00 pm on Friday, the client must send us a scanned payment order to: reservations@machirski-sport.com.

If the participant is under 18 years old, his/hers parent/guardian is required to inform Machirski Sport of any behavioural characteristics and illnesses of the child.

3. Transfer

The shuttle bus transfer is included in the package price only with an advance booking through the website or by email. When booking, the Customer chooses which of the specified stops he/she will use for boarding and alighting. Transfers are carried out by shuttle buses and buses marked with “Machirski Sport” signs. The shuttle bus departs from NS “Vasil Levski” at 08:15/08:30 and stops at the following locations:

  • “SHELL” stop – bus stop after the Shell gas station on “Bulgaria” blvd.;
  • “Gotse Delchev” bus stop – bus stop after the intersection of “Bulgaria” Blvd. and “Gotse Delchev” Blvd.
  • “BILA” stop – bus stop after the intersection of “Bulgaria” Blvd. and “Todor Kableshkov” St.
  • “Skiorka” stop in Boyana district – bus stop after the intersection of Panoramamen and Belovodski roads in Boyana district – at 08:45 a.m.

! With the “Expert” package, the departure is only from ‘’Vasil Levski’’ National Stadium  at 07:45.

It is desirable for the Customer to wait at 08:30 at the stop of his choice. The shuttle bus runs later, but cannot stay at the stops and wait for late customers. On the way back, the stops are located on the opposite side, in the direction along the  center, again after the intersections. At the “Skiorka” stop, the shuttle bus stops before the intersection around 3:45 – 4:00 p.m. The shuttle bus arrives at “Vasil Levski” NS at 4:15 – 4:30 p.m.

In case of an unforeseen situation, you can inform us at +359885042244.

4. Insurance 

The mountain insurance is included in the package price only when booking in advance through the website or by email. The insurance policy is concluded with Euroins AD and covers up to BGN 1,000 for medical and rescue expenses. In case of an insurance event, the Client must contact “Machirski Sport” immediately. “Machirski sport” can refuse to insure a client and is not responsible for an insurance event that occurs if the client has not provided correct personal data (three names, social security number).

Trip cancellation insurance can be purchased upon booking for an additional fee. The insurance can be issued up to  5 days from the date of signing up the  contract for the service and no less than 10 days before the starting date of the lessons.. You can see information about the insurance HERE.

5. Personal equipment and clothing

When registering, children with personal ski/snowboard equipment are accepted after the parent guarantees its suitability and reliability, for which he/she  signs the General Terms and Conditions and a consultation has been made with a representative of “Machirski Sport” regarding the size and suitability of the equipment. For beginners, the size of the skis/snowboard should not be higher than the learner’s chin. Personal equipment must be labeled.

Course participants must be dressed in appropriate winter clothing.

  • It is desirable that the outfit be in two parts – a jacket and trousers, to allow easy undressing (on the bus, at the base, outdoors) and for children it should also include:
  • Children should wear ¾ socks (thermo) or pantyhose. Wearing short socks, thick woolen socks or more than one pair of regular socks is NOT recommended.
  • Children’s winter gloves can be single-fingered, but NOT knitted.
  • A helmet or winter hat to cover the ears.
  • Children’s backpack with a label with the child’s name, address and phone number of the parent.
  • A spare pair of socks, gloves and an extra t-shirt (a pair of underwear for the little ones).
  • Sunglasses with high UV protection, mask type recommended.

Children should be pre-slathered with sunscreen (SPF +15), but not moisturizing.

Scarves, ties, hanging accessories are DANGEROUS!!!

6. Lift ticket

Packages Ski Kindergarten or Beginners include lift ticket for the lift facilities owned and managed by Machirski Sport on the Ophelii and Vetroval ski slopes. Packages Advanced and Experts do not include lift ticket. Machirski Sport is not responsible for and does not refund money for purchased lift tickets in case of discontinuation of the facilities due to bad weather, accident or other force majeure circumstances. Machirski Sport is not responsible and does not reimburse for obstruction of skiing or snowboarding lessons caused by discontinued use of lift facilities owned by Machirski Sport or other lift operator.

7. Organization of training

Group ski/snowboard lessons are 4 hours a day – two hours before lunch (10:00 – 12:00), a 45-minute lunch break and two hours after lunch (13:00 – 15:00).

Clients should bring a small thermos/bottle with water and a dry food pack. During the lunch break, customers are offered free hot tea and are required to bring a reusable jug or cup.

TERMS AND CONDITIONS

  1. The client may cancel his participation for the lessons or part of the lessons, without any penalties, if notifies Machirski Sport within 2 days before the starting date of the lessons via email office@machirski-sport.com
  2. If cancelled in a shorter term, 70% of the package price will be refunded. 
  3. The client may delay and change a day of the lessons only if the client has informed Machirski Sport of hers/his absence at least 24 hours prior to the lessons date by email: office@machirski-sport.com or with a message to tel.: +359 885 04 22 44
  4. In every other case, the missed day/s cannot be used. 
  5. The client can use a postponed day/s within 3 weeks from the requested end date of the lessons. If the three weeks for work are overdue, the day/s cannot be used. After the expiration of the three weeks and missed the entire course, the Client is refunded 70% of the package price.
  6. If you cancel after using 2 days of 4-day, 3 days of 5-day, 4 days of 6-day course, the funds are not refundable.
  7. In case of cancellation after using 1 day for 2- and 4-day packages, as well as 1 or 2 days of 3-, 5- and 6-day packages or 3 days of 6-day package, the price for the used number of days is withheld from the package price according to the price list announced on the Machirski Sport website – www.machirski-sport.com, and the difference being refunded. A used day is considered to be the day on which the Client departs with the shuttle bus or arrives at the ski centres Ophelii / Vetroval / Aleko / Borovets as well as a day that the Customer missed without fulfilling the condition in item 3.
  8. Missed days can only be used only until the snow season 2023. After that date, Machirski Sport will retain a 100% penalty for all unused services. 
  9. The Client has the right to transfer its rights and obligations under the contract to a third party by giving a written notice to Machirski Sport. Depending on the specifics of the type of the course chosen, the third party surcharge may be required.
  10. Amounts are refundable only upon presentation of a recipe and/or an invoice. 
  11. Amounts will be refunded by the end of ski season 2023.
  12. The Client undertakes to observe the safety rules of the ski centres of Ophelii, Vetroval, Aleko, Borovets.

Rights and obligations of Machirski Sport

  1. Machirski Sport can change the starting date of the lessons, if the conditions for conducting the course are not appropriate. Machirski Sport is obliged to coordinate the change with the client, as the new dates of the course have to be agreed with the Client. If the Client is unable to complete the course in the new period, the amount paid for the course will be refunded.
  2. Machirski Sport can change some of the dates of the course, after its beginning, if the conditions are not appropriate. The new dates should be coordinated with the Client. If the Client is unable to complete the course in the new period, the amount paid for the course will be refunded. Amounts will be refunded by the end of season 2023.
  3. In the event that the minimum number of participants required for the implementation of a given course has not been collected, “Machirski Sport” must inform the Client, no later than 24 hours before the start date, offering alternatives. If the client does not accept any alternative, “Machirski Sport” will refund the amount paid in full.
  4. Machirski Sport is not responsible for lost/forgotten or stolen items. If a Client loses/forgets an item, he/she has to inform Machirski Sport within 24 hours. The Client has to provide Machirski Sport with exact information for the brand, model, colour of the lost possession, so Machirski Sport team can try to find it.
  5. Machirski Sport is not responsible for a violation of the ski/snowboard school’s work schedule due to a problem with the cleaning or passability of the Sofia-Vetrovala-Ophelia road; Sofia – Aleko, Sofia – Borovets resort as well as in case of accidents related to the power supply.
  6. Machirski Sport may suspend the provision of services to a Client whose behavior endangers the health and safety of other Clients; violates the safety rules of the slopes of the ski centers “Ophelii”, “Vetrovala”, “Aleko”, kk Borovets. and creates conditions for accidents. In this case, “Machirski sport” does not owe a refund for the unused part of the service.

CLAIMS

  1. The customer has the right to complain about any non-compliance of the service with the agreed.
  2. The complaint is submitted orally or  written 14 days from the date of the failure or inadequate performance.
  3. When submitting a complaint, the Customer indicates the subject of the complaint, his preferred way of satisfying the complaint, the amount of the claimed amount, and a contact address. When submitting a claim, the Customer must attach the documents on which the claim is based: receipt or invoice; protocols, acts or other documents establishing the non-compliance of the service with the agreed.
  4. Acceptance of complaints is carried out during all working hours in the commercial outlet where the service was ordered or by email: office@machirski-sport.com. When presenting, “Machirski sport” describes the complaint in a register, and the Client is issued a document containing the date, the number under which the complaint was entered in the register, the type of service and the signature of the person who accepted the complaint.
  5. When the Tour Operator satisfies the claim, it issues a certificate to that effect, which is drawn up in two copies, and obligatorily provides one copy to the user.

 

OTHER CONDITIONS

For breach of contractual obligations of either party, the provisions of the Law on Obligations and Contracts and the Bulgarian legislation shall be applied.

 

Last update: Dec 2022

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

Ski levels and packages:

I am an absolute beginner / I have 1-2 trial lessons / I have completed a course a few years ago, but since then I have not skied – for you or your child the “BEGINNERS” package is suitable. The training takes place mainly at the “Ophelii” ski slope, Vitosha mountain.

I’ve done one course last season/ I’ve done 3 five-day courses in the last three seasons/ I’ve been riding for 2-3 seasons but I can’t tell what level I’m at/ I’m skiing on a snow plough/ I’ve ridden many years ago but I want to remember – for you or your child, the “INTERMEDIATE” Package is suitable. The package covers all elements from connected arcs with a snowplough, basic turn coarse and fine shape, up to parallel skis, inclusive. The training takes place on the “OpheliI” and “Vetrovala” ski slopes, Vitosha mountain (the transfer to the Vetrovala slope is at the discretion of the ski instructor and according to the conditions of the slope)

I ski for 20 days in the last 2-3 seasons / I ski with parallel skis on blue, red and black slopes without worry / I have already skied this season – we recommend the “ADVANCED” package. It is suitable for children aged 7+ and adults who want to improve their riding technique, try different terrains and gain more confidence in their skills under the guidance of experienced teachers and coaches. The training takes place at the “Lale” ski slope,  Vitosha mountain.

I have been skiing for 20 days in the last 2-3 seasons / I ski with parallel skis on blue, red and black slopes without any worries, I have already skied this season – we recommend the “EXPERT” package, which we implement in Borovets, Rila mountain. The training is intensive, and the main goal is to work on riding technique and its improvement. Participants will try different terrains, practice dynamic carving, short rhythmic turns and riding in deep snow (if conditions are available) under the guidance of experienced teachers and coaches. The training takes place on all tracks in the  Borovets ski resort, Vitosha mountain, in partnership with the “Samokov” hotel.

 

Snowboard levels and packages:

I am an absolute beginner / I have 1-2 trial lessons / I have taken lessons a few years ago, but I haven’t been riding since then – the “BEGINNERS” package is suitable for you. The training takes place mainly at the “Ophelii” ski slope, Vitosha mountain.

I have done one course last season / I have 3 five-day lessons in the last three seasons / I have been snowboarding for 2-3 seasons, but I don’t know what level I am / – we recommend the package “INTERMEDIATE” covers the elements of class A: basic turn with rotation, high relief turn up to and including switch riding. The training takes place at the “Ophelii” ski slope, Vitosha mountain.

I’ve been boarding 20 days in the last 2-3 seasons on blue and red tracks without worry – for you we recommend the “ADVANCED ” package. It is designed for snowboarders who have past beginners classes, mastered the up unweighted turn and switch riding, as well as anyone who confidently descends blue, red and black runs. The package is also suitable for people who want to improve their riding technique, try different terrains and acquire new skills under the guidance of experienced teachers and coaches. The training takes place at the “Lale” ski slope, Vitosha mountain.

There are 2 ways to book ski or snowboard lessons:

  • Online – by filling in the Booking form on our website. You can also attach a completed Contract to the booking form.
  • By email – by sending an email with details of the request to email reservations@machirski-sport.com  In this case, we will send you a Contract, which you need to return, completed and signed by you.

Upon receipt of confirmation from us, you are required to make a full prepayment. After the payment is received, your booking is confirmed.

In order to book ski/snowboard lessons with a Bulgarian speaking group, the participant must have a good understanding of Bulgarian language. If the participant does not understand or speak Bulgarian, he/she has to book private ski/snowboard lessons with an English speaking teacher.


The requested lessons must be 100% prepaid in order to confirm your or your child’s participation.

Payment can be made in two ways up to 5 days before the lessons start date:

  • By bank transfer – with wire transfer to the bank account of Machirski Sport: 
    • Bank account (in BGN): Machirski Sport Ltd., Bank: DSK Bank, IBAN: BG09 STSA93000001434 073, BIC: STSABGSF
    • Bank account (in EUR): Machirski Sport Ltd., Bank: DSK Bank, IBAN: BG32 STSA 93000021476478, BIC: STSABGSF
  • By debit/credit card –  we partner with MyPOS system which will send you a payment link directly to your email address or as a message on your phone. You need to click on the link, enter your card details and confirm the payment.

If you make a payment from a legal entity, it is necessary to send us company details in order to issue you an invoice.


The ski or snowboard training is a total of 4 hours a day: 2 hours before lunch (10 am – 12 pm), a 45-minute lunch break and 2 hours after lunch (01 – 03 pm).


If you want to use our transfer with a shuttle bus, you need to request this when booking for the relevant course. The transfer is included in the package price only with advance booking.

When registering, you must choose from which stop you/your child will get on and at which you/your child will get off:

  • Starting stop – “Vasil Levski” stadium – you need to be there at 08:15 am. The bus leaves at 08:30 am
  • “SHELL” stop – bus stop after the Shell gas station on “Bulgaria” blvd.
  • “Gotse Delchev” bus stop – bus stop after the intersection of “Bulgaria” Blvd. and “Gotse Delchev” Blvd.
  • “BILA” stop – bus stop after the intersection of “Bulgaria” Blvd. and “Todor Kableshkov” St.
  • “Skiorka” stop in Boyana district – bus stop after the intersection of Panoramamen and Belovodski roads in Boyana district – at 08:45 am

An important clarification for the “Experts” package – the departure is only from “Vasil Levski” NS at 07:45 am

We advise you to wait at 08:30 am at the stop of your choice. The shuttle bus runs later, but cannot stay at the stops and wait for late customers.

On the way back, the stops are located on the opposite side, in the direction of the center, again after the intersections. At the “Skiorka” stop, the shuttle bus stops before the intersection around 03:45 – 04:00 pm.

The shuttle bus arrives at NS “Vasil Levski” at 04:15 – 04:30 pm

For individual training, a transfer can be used when enrolling for a minimum of 4 hours.


Yes, of course, but it is important to specify this when booking ski/snowboard lessons. Please note that you must be at the cash desk of the respective ski slope at the latest at 09:30 am for us to take you to your group. If you decide to use personal transport, the price of the package does not change and no discount is given.

It is important to know that the police close the road for cars according to the volume of traffic – usually between 10:00 am and 11:00 am  and they do not allow cars, regardless of whether you have a ski school lesson booked. In case of heavy snowfall and severe road conditions, we recommend you to use organized transport as more reliable. We believe that using organized public transport is more environmentally friendly than using private cars and we hope to convince you of that 🙂


Different ski and snowboard packages have slight differences in the services they include. All packages include: 4 hours of training a day, ski or snowboard equipment, mountain insurance, transfer and hot tea. Only for “BEGINNERS” and “INTERMEDIATE” packages, the package price includes a ski pass for the facilities of Machirski sport. With the “EXPERT” package, the price includes food provided by Samokov Hotel. See detailed information in the “Prices” section of the respective package.


Yes, upon pre-registration, all our course participants have included mountain insurance for the respective course. The insurance policy is concluded with Euroins AD and covers up to BGN 1000 for medical and rescue expenses. In the event of an insured event, it is important to contact our team immediately. Please note that “Machirski sport” may refuse to insure a client and is not responsible for an insurance event that occurs if the client has not provided correct personal data (three names, social security number, DOB). When participating in ski/snowboard training on the territory of Ophelii and Vetroval ski centers, without prior registration, the client is not insured.


The ski/lift pass is included in all ski/snowboard packages that take place on the slopes “Ophelii” and “Vetrovala” (“BEGINNERS” and “INTERMEDIATE” packages).

The ski pass is only valid for the time of the lesson and the facilities of Machirski Sport. The training of the “Advanced” package takes place on the “Lale” slope, where the ski pass can be purchased on the spot from the Vitosha ski ticket office. The training of  the “Experts” package takes place on the slopes of the Borovets ski resort and the card can be purchased on the spot.


All students must be dressed in appropriate winter clothing. It is recommended to have 2 parts – ski jacket and ski pants.

  • We recommend wearing ¾ thermal socks or tights. Wearing short socks, thick woolen socks or more than one pair of regular socks is NOT recommended.
  • Winter gloves (maybe one-fingered, but NOT knitted)
  • Winter hat
  • Helmet (if you have one, optional)
  • If it is a child – prepare a backpack with a spare hat, gloves, underwear, socks, T-shirt, with a label with the child’s name, address and phone number of the parent.
  • Sunglasses with high UV protection, mask type recommended.
  • Children should be pre-slathered with sun protection cream (SPF +15), but not moisturizing.

Scarves, ties, hanging accessories are DANGEROUS.


It is necessary to bring a small thermos or a bottle with water, food for the day and a mug in which we can pour you hot tea during the lunch break.


We organize the groups based on age and skills, ie. for example, a beginner child will be trained with other children at the same level. Depending on the age of the child (at least 7 + years) we can also offer group training.


If you forget your belongings on the shuttle bus or in one of our cottages, we recommend  you to contact our team as soon as possible to look for it. We recommend you to  send us the inquiry by email: office@machirski-sport.com with accurate information about the lost item, color, characteristics, brand and photo (if you have one). Please note that Machirski Sport is not responsible for lost and stolen personal items, but we will try to find them.


You can postpone or change a day of your course up to 24 hours before the relevant date, in writing to email office@machirski-sport.com  or by message (sms, viber, whatsapp) to +359 885 04 22 44.

Changes in a shorter period, regardless of the reason, are not accepted and the corresponding day is considered as used. For example, if you inform us in the morning that you cannot come to a course, the corresponding day is considered used.

We fully understand that there are unpredictable situations, especially with young children, and we always try to be as flexible as possible. We strongly recommend Trip Cancellation Insurance, which has cover for last-minute cancellations due to ill health or other reasons. 

See the full information in the “Conditions” section of the relevant course.


You can withdraw from the whole course or only part of it  without penalty up to 2 days before the start date of the course by emailing us at office@machirski-sport.com . If you cancel within a shorter period of time, we will refund you 70% of the package price.

See full information in the “Conditions” section of the relevant course.