Ski Holidays in Bansko
The ancient town of Bansko is situated at the foothills of majestic Pirin, one of the most beautiful Bulgarian mountains and listed as a UNESCO World Heritage site.
Bansko is a very unique ski holiday destination with a huge range of accommodation to suit all budgets as well as its modern ski area. It also has its attraction due to its ancient village, nineteenth century stone buildings and cobbled streets as well as its clock tower which has been around for 150 years.
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Skiing in Bansko
Certainly Bulgaria’s up and coming winter destination, ski holidays in Bansko combines excellent well-groomed tree-lined pistes, a good snow-sure record and an efficient infrastructure. The two main, newly renovated ski-centres are located above the town on the northern slopes of Pirin - the low altitude Chalin Valog (1100-1600m) and the high altitude Shiligarnika (1700-2500m). Bansko’s ski centres have an extensive variety of skiing for any age and level. Slalom and giant slalom runs are available in the latter and a regular bus-shuttle service interlinks the town, the mountain hotels and the main ski centres.
The ski school for beginners on a ski holiday in Bansko is a very good one, with plenty of blue runs for beginners to practice on. A third of its slopes cater for beginners and its nursery slopes are located at the top of the Bunderishka gondola accessible from the town. Progressing beginners and intermediates will be in their element thanks to the resort’s good mix of blue and red pistes including a long blue descending all the way back into resort.
The ski area is great for the intermediate skier, with well-maintained, wide and picturesque runs. More advanced skiers will find the resort limited and may find its pistes aren’t challenging enough. Despite this, tours can be arranged to Semkovo ski centre in Rila Mountain which is a 40 minute drive away and helicopter trips can bring you to Borovets, the largest ski centre in Bulgaria, within 20 minutes. For advanced skiers, the Tomba run is a good one and there are also opportunities to ski off-piste terrain with a guide.
Intermediate and advanced skiers each have 35% of Bansko’s slopes catered for those levels.
Snow conditions in Bansko
The ski season is comparable to most resorts in the Alps having its winter season from mid December to mid April. Plus, it has over 40 snow cannons which cover most of its pistes to enhance the resort’s natural snow coverage. This ensures visitors experience top quality snow conditions.
Après ski, restaurants and other activities in Bansko
Bansko has 120 cultural monuments, museum-houses and the Bansko school of icon painting exhibitions. The region is famous for its cuisine and colourful traditions.
Après-ski is lively, attracting groups of young adults wanting a cheap ski holiday. It kicks off after the lifts close on its slope side bars situated at the base of the resort near its gondola lift. The best spots are the Happy End which features live music and dancing on tables as well as a nightclub in the downtown area. Bansko also offers authentic Bulgarian experiences at its ‘Mehana’ inns which provide delicious cuisine, local wines and traditional folk live music.
There are a good choice of local shops in Bansko and a trip to the historic, old town is well worth the visit for purchasing souvenirs on any ski holidays in Bansko. Other activities include ice skating, bowling, snowmobiling, paragliding, as well as spa and fitness centres.
Transfer times to Bansko
Sofia (SOF) - 1 hr 45 mins