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Bansko

Bansko Ski Resort Guide

Bansko, Bulgaria

Rated: 3/5 (from 6 ratings)

Ski Area Highlights
Recommended ForIntermediates, Beginners, Snowboarders and Apres-Ski!
Total Piste Length65km
Highest Lift2,560m
Resort Height930m
 Nearest AirportsSofia and Plovdiv
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Bansko

Bansko has been developed from a traditional Bulgarian village, with huge investment in modern lifts and hotels that brought the resort rapidly to international prominence. It is located in the Pirin mountains and National Park, a world heritage site.

Summary

The Bulgarian ski resort of Bansko is at an altitude of 930m, with 65km of marked runs.

Bansko is one of the larger Ski Resorts in Bulgaria and has direct access to 65km of downhill skiing, with 14 marked pistes, served by a total of 13 ski lifts.

With ski lifts as high as 2,560m, skiing and snowboarding is assured throughout the season.

Snow and Weather

When will it snow in Bansko?

The next notable snow forecast is 2cm, expected on 27 October, with around 2cm forecast over the next 7 days.

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Ski Area Stats

Bansko Ski Area

Piste and Lift Stats
Black Pistes
Expert Trails
 2 
Red Pistes
Intermediate Runs
11
Blue Pistes
Easy Trails
 8 28km
Downhill
Total Length
65km
Cross Country
Total Length
9km
Ski Lifts
Number of Lifts
13

Altitudes

Bansko Ski Area Heights

Lift Heights and Resort Altitude
Highest Lift2,560m
Lowest Piste1,700m
Resort Altitude (Bansko)930m
Max Vertical1,630m

Ratings & Suitability

Ratings for Bansko
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Bansko Overview

Until recently Bansko was not one of the best known ski areas in Bulgaria. But heavy investment right across the ski area and the resort have utterly transformed this small medieval town and its ski area in to a year-round, international destination resort.

Most prominent of these improvements for skiers and boarders is a remarkable new gondola that cuts out the old 12km (8 mile) drive between town and ski slopes. Then once your on the snow - once served by a few elderly chairs and drag lifts, you'll find high speed detachable Doppelmayr quads, near comprehensive snow making, night skiing and more than six times as many pisted runs as before, maintained by a fleet of a dozen new groomers.

The combination of a lively, historic, architectural interesting and culturally rich ski resort with an exciting modern ski areas, all within the spectacular beauty of the Pirin Mountains, with its untamed nature and recognition of being on UNESCO's List of World Heritage sites, is a rare and winning combination.

Bansko town is blessed with a mild climate and yet the season is long up on the slopes where you can expect to have crisp snow on the ski pistes until early May. Recent investment in snow making equipment has made the resort even more confident in claiming to have a truly long ski season.

 Notable Ski Runs

The longest possible descent in Bansko is 16km long and the most difficult run is the 'Alberto Tomba'.

Skiing

The main ski runs in Bansko have been developed in recent years and the ski run Stara Pista floodlit for night skiing. The Shiligarnika, Stara Pista, Todorka and Plato ski runs are suitable for beginners and intermediaries, and the Banderiza and Ctzurna mogila ski runs for experts. Experts have the additional challenge of skiing the runs where Bulgaria's Olympic champions train.

The ski runs are serviced by a number of chair lifts and drag lifts, all of which are cutting edge Doppelmayer ski lifts, including the eight person gondola and three detachable quad chairs, one with pull-down bubble cover if the weather in poor. Easy access to all lifts is secured by SkiData chip-card ski passes.

Bansko is ideal for beginners and there are English speaking instructors at the ski school. For intermediates the ski area is fantastic with fabulous views and many well-maintained wide tree-lined runs. The advanced skiier can try the Alberto Tomba black, and there is good off-piste available (a guide is recommended). Skiers and snowboarders are welcome to the fun park in Platoto.

Slalom and giant slalom runs are available in the Shiligarnika region. Bansko offers a cross-country track with a total length of 5 km at a height of 1530m above sea level at the Banderishka Polyana slope.

At the end of the day, skiers and snowboarders have a choice to return by the Gondola or take the ski road down to Bansko; a unique 16 kilometer (ten mile) uninterrupted ski run, starting from Todorka Peak (2600 m) at the highest point of the ski center, all the way to base station of the gondola lift at the outskirts of town. The last seven kilometres of the slope are lighted, and the entire facility is equipped with artificial snow machines to ensure a great skiing experience even in warmer conditions.

The winter sports center also includes more than nine kilometers of cross country ski tracks, a biathlon shooting range, a winter sports stadium and a ski kindergarten-the Junior Ski Club-which welcomes children aged four and up.

There are a number of web cameras by the slopes and images of these are available online at the resort's website. Images of the web cameras are also displayed online at the base station of the Gondola lift and at the best hotels in Bansko.

Paragliding and heli-skiing is also available locally.

Bansko offers good sking, particularly, for Intermediate and Beginner skiers.

Snowboarding

For Snowboarders there are long tree-lined runs and there is a dedicated boarders area with a half-pipe.

The half-pipe is of great interest to both foreign and Bulgarian snow-boarders, as it is the only permanent half-pipe facility in the country. The availability of high quality rental gear and excellent tuition are other strong positive points as is the fact that most of the mountain is now accessible by high-speed chair and cabin lifts rather than surface tows. Bansko is a regular host to a number of ski and snowboard events, such as the Extreme Ski and Snowboard competition.

Location and Map

Where is Bansko?

This ski resort is in Blagoevgrad, Bulgaria.

Map

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How to get there

 By Air

The nearest airport to Bansko is Sofia, 104 minutes drive away.

Plovdiv airport is also within three hours drive.

Infrastructure

Ski Lift Capacity

The 13 ski lifts are able to uplift 23,100 skiers and snowboarders every hour.

Snow Making

Snow-making is available, on 45km of ski runs, with 161 snow cannons.

Season Dates

When is Bansko open?

We don't currently have confirmed season dates, but hope to soon.

 Closed.

Usual opening is early December, and usual closing is Mid April.

NOTE:- Ski area, lift and piste opening is subject to Current Snow Conditions.

COVID-19 / Coronavirus

We don't yet have specific details of the COVID-19 precautions being taken in Bansko, but they are likely to include most of the following :-

  • Face masks required on lifts, and in shops.
  • Social distancing in public areas.
  • Reduced lift capacity.
  • Extensive disinfection / sanitization.

French Ski Resort COVID-19 Measures describes further measures that may also be applied.

Visit the Bansko Tourist Office for the latest.

Talking about Bansko

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Aprés Ski

Bansko offers some of the best après-ski in Bulgaria, thanks to the unique combination of a modern mountain resort and a living rustic town with a population of about 10,000 people.

Bansko's most popular late night hangout is the Amnesia disco club, which features popular music in a relaxed atmosphere. A great modern après-ski place with a quieter atmosphere is the bowling in hotel Strazhite.

In the common mehana establishments, food is often served to the accompaniment of traditional songs and dances, performed by local artists.

History and Development

Bansko is probably the best-developed ski resort in Bulgaria. 100 million Euros have been invested to install a state of the art ski facility with equipment specifically designed for the Pirin slopes.

Bansko