Bansko – Bulgaria

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This up and coming resort at the foot of the Pirin and Rila mountains has reliable snow from December until May and the arrival of budget flights to Sofia (3 hours away) has made it more attractive to Brits. It is easy enough to find somewhere to stay for 10 Euros per night and the food and drink in the traditional taverns costs peanuts compared to The Alps. When you add to this the extensive snow-making system, new lift infrastructure and English speaking ski schools it is easy to see why this is becoming a firm favourite for first-timers and those on a tight budget. 
The old town of Bansko is steeped in history and, at just 10 minutes walk from the new resort development and cablecar, it is a nice spot for bars and restaurants. The currency of Bulgaria is Leva and you generally get a good exchange rate at cashpoints.

  1. Traditional Bansko evening of music and dancing in one of the local taverns.
  2. A night of Chowga (the local pop folk music).
  3. Visiting the old town.
  4. Catching the first lift and skiing Todorka top to bottom.
  5. Trying one of the local spa waters either in a mountain pool at its most natural or at Katarino spa (spa-ing at its most posh).

At a glance

Resort altitude935 m
Highest lift2560 m
Lowest lift990 m
km of piste75
Number of lifts14
Beginner pistes30%
Intermediate pistes45%
Advanced pistes35%
Snow parks1
Nearest airportSofia
(105 km)
Lift pass price156 euros/ 6 days
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