Bansko has developed into a modern holiday snow sports destination, thanks to the excellent facilities combined with breath-taking nature and the traditional spirit of the old town that has been beautifully preserved through the centuries.
Skiers and Boarders of all abilities are well catered for as Bansko has over 70 kilometres of marked pistes, which are easily accessed by a fantastic network of lifts. As the day draws to a close, the apres-ski is centred around the local 'Mehanas', a friendly taverna type restaurant serving traditional Bulgarian cuisine and drinks, often with roaring log fires and live entertainment. For a truly enjoyable winter sports holiday, enhanced by warm Bulgarian hospitality, visit Bansko where you really can have the best of both worlds.
Amazing Value For Money
Bulgaria's efforts to modernise its ski resorts have resulted in international recognition. In 2006, the prize for the ski resort that had most developed was awarded to Bansko by the Great Skiing and Snowboarding Guide. In 2013, the resort of Bansko once again emerged as one of the cheapest ski destinations in the world, offering consumers the best value for their money. This welcoming news was announced in the recent Post Office Ski Resort Report which compiles data from leading ski resorts around the world to put together a comprehensive report detailing which destinations provide the best choice available to clients. Recognised as the very best in the global ski tourism industry, the World Ski Awards took place during November 2013 in Austria's winter sports destination of Kitzbuhel where Bansko picked up the 'Bulgaria's Best Ski Resort 2013' award. In 2015 Bansko once again played host to the Women's Alpine FIS World Cup over the weekend of February 28 to March 1.
In less than 20 minutes the fast Gondola will take you to the Bansko ski centre, which is situated approximately 12km away from town. The ski center has 70km of marked ski runs and 9km of cross country tracks that have been extensively cultivated. More than 80% of the slopes are covered by snow cannons and all runs are groomed by more than 12 Kassbohrer slope maintenance vehicles to guarantee maximum safety and pleasure from the great selection of nursery, intermediate, and advanced pistes.
The ski runs are serviced by a number of chair lifts and drag lifts, all of which Doppelmayer lifts, including the 8-man Gondola and the four-chair lift with bubble shields to protect you from harsh weather conditions. If you still have some energy left at the end of you day, why return to the resort when you can ski a unique run of 16km uninterrupted skiing, starting from Todorka Peak 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 7 km of the slopes are floodlit and the entire facility is equipped with artificial snow machines to ensure a great skiing experience even in warmer conditions. Map and more
Among other Bulgarian mountain resorts, Bansko offers what is probably the most lively apres-ski, because it is a combination of a modern mountain resort and a living rustic town with a population of about 10,000 people. Almost a hundred 'mehana' dining places offer traditional local cuisine dishes, such as 'kapama' or 'Banski starets' in the atmosphere of traditional songs and dances, performed by local artists. Besides the famous local church, St. Trinity, there are many historical, architectural, and cultural monuments in Bansko, including the houses of many famous Bulgarians from the period of the Bulgarian Revival. There is also an ice-skating rink conveniently situated on the way to the gondola lift and just next door to Hotel Strazhite.
Bansko's most popular hangout for night birds is the Amnesia disco club, which features popular music in a relaxed atmosphere. At the end of the day, for a truly happy ending, the Happy End restaurant by the gondola base station turns into a night club and the lively atmosphere there is only rivalled by the Amnesia discotheque in the centre of town. Other clubs, such as the Buddha Bar club and No Name discotheque, add a modern flavour to this town of otherwise conservative moods. Bansko's nightlife is completed by a wide selection of pubs and bars offering variety of cocktails, live music and karaoke. For a quieter night out the Bowling arena in hotel Strazhite might be a very good alternative.
As Bansko is a small town and not just a resort area, there are plenty of shops. The old town is worth exploring for more traditional feel and lovely local souvenirs to surprise your family and friends with back home.
There is an open air ice rink situated close to the Gondola station.
In addition to pub-crawling in the local taverns of Bansko, a number of excursions to nearby sites of interest, such as the Rila Monastery and exciting apres-ski activities can be booked with your local representatives in the resort for a truly memorable holiday. Children aged 2-11 get a reduction on selected excursions.
Mountain rescue service, ambulance, clinic (with doctor and nurse) plus first aid service on all ski slopes. Please note: Some medical services must be paid in cash. Receipts will be provided to enable you to claim back from your insurance company once you return to the UK.