Winter

Bansko in recent years has benefited from a 50 million Euro investment and is now the most modern ski centre of all the Bulgarian Resorts. Bansko also provides some of the best value skiing and snowboarding in the world. The Pirin Mountain with 3 peaks towering above 2900m offers Alpine quality skiing at Bulgarian prices with diverse, newly renovated, wide tree-lined pistes that give you a variety of skiing for any level, coupled with the best Après-ski in Bulgaria.

Bansko Snow

Bansko has the best snow record and the longest ski season (mid-December to mid-April) of all Bulgarian ski resorts, during summer 2007 the artificial snow producing infrastructure had been fully accomplished, Bansko now boasts the amazing count of 160 snow cannon. Each unit is able to maintain around 400 line meters of piste, which is one of the best densities in Europe. In reality, there will be no single corner or fraction of a piste that cannot be covered by artificial snow. Bansko is well equipped for winter sports despite all possible weather swings.

Bansko Pistes

Bansko consists of 17 pistes totalling 75 km of perfectly groomed and efficiently secured ski runs offering the best opportunities for ski enthusiasts of all levels, from the absolute beginner to the extreme high performer. These include 6 blue, 10 red and 1 black run also a 5 km long cross country track. There are also a number of ski roads that wind their way through the mountains the majority of the pistes run through alpine trees with long wide runs.

The range of blue runs gives beginners a great place to learn. The red runs vary in difficultly a little so both intermediate and advanced skiers have somewhere to practice their stuff. The Alberto Tomba black run, so named after the legend that opened the resort, offers the advanced skiers something more challenging. At the end of the day there is a 7km blue run ski road to take you back down to the town with several bars along the way. For those with enough energy left you can take the 15km run from the top of the mountain back to the town with a choice of either blue, red or black for the top half of the decent.

Difficulty scale distribution is as followed: 30% Beginners, 40% Intermediate and 30% Expert.

Bankso have recently hosted a round of the FIS Alpine World Series, the first for a Bulgarian resort.

Bars and restaurants are located conveniently around the mountain.

Click below for a map of Bansko's ski runs
   Map showing the piste runs in Bansko

For detailed information on the tracks including virtual rides click here

Snow Boarding

Half Pipe: The half pipe was built for the first time for the 2005/06 ski season, which shows the ongoing commitment Bansko has as a resort to snowboarders. Approximately 90m long the half pipe offers snowboarders with passion for the extreme somewhere to practice their skills.
Fun Park: Bansko is home to the first fun park in the Balkans. This area is popular with those for a passion for the extreme. Skiers and Snowboarders alike can build their own jumps and kickers to practice on.

Night Skiing

Night skiing or boarding is available in Bansko throughout the season with 7km of floodlit piste open between 6.30pm and 9.30pm.

Bansko lifts

Bansko has a new, very modern and efficient lift system able to keep queues at the lifts to an absolute minimum. Bansko has around 26km of lifts in total. The lift system in Bansko includes a brand new Dopplemayer 8 person gondola. The gondola takes about 20 to 25 minutes and floats you up through alpine trees and stunning scenery to the Chalin Valog peak at 1467m, then on through yet more unforgettable views to the Bunderishka Polyana ski area at 1635m. From there a series of 3 and 4 seat chair lifts, the longest of which is over 2½ kilometers long, conveniently whisk you further up the mountain, to a total height of 2560m. Drag lifts then allow further access higher up the mountain.

Lessons

If you require lessons there are 3 main ski schools in Bansko, the biggest and possibly the cheapest is Bansko Ski School, this is run by Ulen who operate the mountain lifts. Discount is available from them is you book a package of a lift pass, equipment hire and lessons. You may also like to consider Pirin 2000 and there is the Method Snow School, a little more expensive but Ash and his highly qualified British team come very highly recommended.

Equipment Hire

The above ski schools can arrange equipment hire and there are several large rental shops close to the lift station that stock an abundance of top quality brand name equipment.

Après-ski

Bansko although steeped in tradition is a thriving modern resort with old town meeting new town. Reputably with over 120 traditional Bulgarian Taverns (locally known as mehanas) many of which have live music, finding somewhere to eat and drink in Bansko is simply not an issue! Also to be found are countless English/ Irish/ Western style bars, many showing Sky Sports and with live bands and stay open well into the early hours. Favourites include Amigo s, Penguins, Happy End Bar, Lion Pub, Queens to name but a few.

Also to be found are an Ice rink, ten pin bowling alley and two casinos.

Maybe best of all is the price; expect to pay around £1.00 - £1.50 for a large beer in town and around £10 for a nice meal. Even up in the mountain bars a large beer is around £2.50 !

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St Moritz v Bansko - Daily Mail February 2006

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