Bansko is suitable for all levels of skiers.
There are plenty of blue and red runs suitable for intermediates: while some of the red runs, the Alberto Tomba black run and the off piste area should keep the experts happy. But if the night life has won and you missed the day – you can always ski/snowboard by floodlight! Bansko is a regular host to championships and extreme competitions!.
The snowboarders have a fun park and half pipe facility. Try your skills at the hand made Bansko Snow Towers which are symbols of extreme skiing and snowboarding.
For the more adventurous, try the powder skiing, heli skiing or/and para-gliding!
Cross country skiing
Lift passes 2010/11 (6 days) from 144 euros (children 160 euros)
Ski/snowboard and skidoo hire http://www.tsakirisski.com
We used this company last season and found them to be very reasonably priced and equipment excellent. George, Wolfgang and Maria are very friendly and helpful. Contact Wolfgang through his website (www.amazing-bulgaria.org)
Resort height in metres 936 m
Top of highest lift 2560 m
Total km of marked pistes 70 km
Total km of cross-country trails 9 km
Ski guide yes
Ski school hrs/week (downhill) 24
Ski school min age 7 m
Snowboard tuition hrs/wk 6
Ski kindergarten ages 4-7 yrs.
In recent years, Bansko has benefited from a multi million euro investment making it a favourite skiing and snowboarding destination and attracts major competitions. The highest peak – Vihren – rises to 2914 meters. There are 70 km of marked runs, the longest one being 16 kms of which 7 kms can be skied at night In addition, there are 5kms of cross country skiing.
There are a number of web cameras at various sites on the slopes and the conditions can be viewed on line at the base station before you go up the mountain. Some hotels, such as the Kempinski, (next to the base station) have a large screen displaying this information. Temperatures range from about – 4 degrees in Bansko to – 20 degrees at the top of the mountains, with a snow depth of approximately 2 metres.
The ski season lasts from Dec to May and has 160 snow cannons covering approximately 50% of the ski area. The 8 seat gondola will take you up the slopes in approximately 20 minutes where you will have access to the rest of the modern lift system and the slopes.
Mountain biking – the first event has just been held there – on the “Road to Nowhere!”
A water park is under construction as is an indoor go-kart track in Razlog, which is approx 6 km away.
Amazing Bulgaria – We highly recommend Wolfgang who can arrange excursions, hiking, fishing, mountain biking, skidoos, transport, etc.