Skying School of Hotel Samokov

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Skying School of Hotel Samokov

Skying School of Hotel Samokov
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TraveltheWorldandSee
Brighton and Hove, UK36 contributions
Great value, service and instructor
Mar 2020 • Couples
Excellent service and value.
See image for full review as was originally posted on wrong company review.
Written March 11, 2020
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Ghemmie
Cardiff, UK57 contributions
Gorgeous George
Mar 2019 • Couples
So our ski instructor, George, was brilliant. Very enthusiastic, patient, clear and just an all round nice guy. Definitely the nicest ski instructor I have ever had.

The ski equipment was not great. Blunt edges and dinks in the bottom of the skis. I asked before booking if the ski storage had boot dryers and was told 'yes'. They do not and it's not great putting on cold, sweaty boots every morning. Also the ski hire team aren't particularly friendly.

Overall, if I went again, I would hire first season gear and storage from Traventuria across the road and request George as a ski instructor (if I could).
Written April 18, 2019
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jennyferjay
London, UK124 contributions
Appalling Snowboard School Experience
I did not stay in the Hotel Samokov, but I used it for the snowboard school and rental, and it absolutely ruined my holiday.

The instructor Dewan was extremely rude and misogynistic from the outset, and told the group girls can't snowboard because they're too scared. Everyone in the group had done some form of boarding before, but he kept telling us all we were rubbish, and seemed really annoyed that we all claimed to have snowboarded before but we weren't professionals. He even told one guy, who was very accomplished, "you're nothing special". It was extremely demotivating and not a fun experience.

He then proceeded to keep us on the learner slope for three whole days (while the complete beginner skiers were up in the mountains already on day 1). He made us do the same move (S-turn) over, and over, and over, telling us we couldn't leave the learner slope until we'd nailed it. He was treating us like professionals training for the X Games as opposed to a bunch of people on holiday who just want to get up a mountain and do some snowboarding.

He ended up making three of the women in the group cry because he was so rude and discouraging, and completely knocked our confidence. So when we met him on day 3 and he started being really rude again, three out of the four of us decided to leave the lesson because we'd had enough of him being vile. And we just went out and had to figure out how to do it all alone.

Complete waste of time and money, and an extremely upsetting experience. If you're a woman and looking to do snowboarding DO NOT USE THE HOTEL SAMOKOV SCHOOL.

If you're reading this review for the hotel itself, although I didn't stay there, three of my snowboarding friends did and they all said it was disgusting - inedible food, uncomfortable beds, and outdated decor.
Written March 4, 2019
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Inidi
Leeds, UK24 contributions
Nick managed us well, without heart attack ;-)
Dec 2018 • Couples
During New Year our group off beginners had 16-17 people. Nick (Nicolai) had enormous patience with all of us!
We all did massive progress thanks to all directions, encouragements and patience from Nick.
We all had a lot of fun and learnt/improved our skills.
Thanks Nick!
Written January 11, 2019
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Lauren W
4 contributions
Nikolai was very very helpful!
Mar 2018 • Solo
I am pretty much a beginner having only had a few hours lessons in Austria previously and thought it wise to go to the top of the mountain (although I believe in learning by throwing yourself into such situations!), not realising I couldn't get back down using the lift. So I attempted to ski! Luckily enough Nikolai was teaching others and helped me too and was a real life saver! Friendly person and great teacher. We then discussed politics and Bulgarian history over a drink afterwards!
Written April 27, 2018
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plaut2018
Tel Aviv, Israel3 contributions
great staff. very helpfull
Feb 2018 • Couples
great staff. very helpfull. George helped us with equipment and ski lesson even so we didnt make a reservation and school was very bussy
Written February 15, 2018
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Christopher D
Blyth, UK17 contributions
Excelllent ski school
Feb 2018 • Couples
It was mine and my wife’s first time skiing and chose Borovets as our base. We stayed at the hotel samokov and booked 6 day package of all hire and ski school. Not far to walk each day to collect our equipment and meet the instructor. Our instructor for beginners class was Mimi. From the off she was happy, excited and willing to help and guide all students. Over the course of the 6 days most of the students progressed amazingly to the point where all completed a blue run on day 6. I took to it pretty well and mimi realises this so allowed me and took me on different runs to enhance my ability. She even took me from the top of the mountain to the base gondola on several occasions at the end of the day which was an amazing experience. We even met up a couple of days after for some apres ski which she organised. Maria is a credit to the ski school her experience and expertise is second to non and my wife and I would like you to pass on our utmost thanks and we do hope to visit again and experience the delights of the mountains and the ski school.
Written February 4, 2018
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Tony Santini
Keighley, UK133 contributions
Instructor or leader/ guide?
Jan 2018 • Solo
I must qualify my comments by saying that I am 65 yrs old and a very poor skier.
Attracted once again by the price of my Crystal Ski holiday I was placed in the Low Intermediate group with other " improvers", as nice a group of people as you could wish to meet.
Our instructor chose the " I will lead follow me, do what I do" method. This soon led to challenging runs beyond my skill set. After two and a half days I parted company with the group as I was not enjoying myself.
I feel that more time should have been spent on drills to improve our techniques, giving us the ability to tackle the more challenging runs with greater confidence and control.
Thirty five years working in education, especially with reluctant learners gives me the confidence to offer an opinion.
Written January 19, 2018
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