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Bansko is located in south-western Bulgaria at the foot of Vihrin, the highest mountain in the Pirin Range. It has all the facilities of an Alpine resort without the usual high cost, and is great value for money. The seventy kilometres of pistes provide excellent skiing for all levels of expertise. Modern lifts provide easy access to the slopes and good off-piste skiing. Thirty five percent of the slopes are dedicated to beginners, forty percent to intermediate skiers and the remaining twenty-five percent is for advanced skiers. Ski schools offer tuition in skiing to children from the age of seven and in boarding from the age of twelve. Childcare facilities are available but as numbers are limited, early booking is recommended. Bansko has a range of good hotels and apartments accommodating most budgets. Its restaurants serve a variety of cuisine and cater for all tastes while bars, discos and nightclubs provide a lively nightlife. A Bansko ski holiday offers excellent skiing with fun and excitement for all the family both on and off the slopes. As prices for food and drink are much cheaper than Europe, Bansko offers great value for money.
Bansko offers those on a budget an excellent ski holiday without compromising on amenities. It is a friendly resort that welcomes visitors with a warm hospitality and offers a range of recreational activities as well as a lively après ski scene
A Bansko ski holiday is popular with a wide range of skiers, including families, as the slopes accommodate all levels of ability from novices to experts. It attracts those with a limited budget as it offers good value for money.
The Bansko ski season lasts from early December until the end of March although there is usually good snow cover beyond this date.
Bansko is a modern ski resort in Bulgaria offering skiing and boarding for all levels of ability. It is an old town with cobbled streets and winding roads filled with traditional houses that is rapidly growing into a premier ski resort. Lying at an altitude of a little under one thousand metres and with skiing at two thousand five hundred metres, Bansko enjoys a long season with good snow cover. Lifts give quick and easy access to the slopes that offer sixty five kilometres of pisted runs, suitable for all levels of expertise. A good number of nursery slopes as well as excellent tuition quickly give confidence to novices so they can progress to the many blue slopes. Intermediate skiers have a wide choice of blue and red runs and advanced skiers have many opportunities for off-piste skiing, as well as trying out the challenging Alberta Tomba black run. Bansko is a good resort for snowboarders as many of the drag lifts have been replaced by chair lifts giving them trouble free access to the slopes. There is also a good half-pipe. Ski schools offer lessons to children from the age of seven. Childcare facilities are available but as places are limited, booking is recommended.
Bansko has a range of good accommodation from five star luxury to family run guest houses. Its restaurants and traditional taverns serve good wholesome food at very reasonable cost. Bansko has a pleasant shopping centre with a variety of shops and there is also a Sunday market, ideal for purchasing holiday gifts and souvenirs. Nightlife is lively with many pubs and clubs.
A Bansko ski holiday offers various recreational activities including swimming, bowling, ice skating and spa and beauty facilities.
Bansko nightlife is lively with plenty of bars, discos and nightclubs. Sports bars show international events including premiership football.
Apart from sports equipment and clothing retailers, Bansko has a good number of shops supplying a wide range of goods. It also benefits from a Sunday market where all manner of bargains can be found. Popular purchases include rugs and cloth bags, pottery and hand carved goods.
Bansko has a good number of ‘mehanas’ where traditional food is served at very reasonable prices. A three course meal can be enjoyed for less than ten pounds, including a glass of wine. Meat is a staple ingredient along with salads, rice or vegetables. There are also fast food stalls where you can grab a quick snack such as pizza or burgers.