21 Jan 2022
What is there to do in Bulgaria’s ski resorts when the skiing stops? What is the apres ski scene like? Well if you really want to you can go night skiing in Borovets and Bansko, but come one, have a day off, or should that be a night off! So if you can tear yourself away from the ski runs you’ll find that at night in Bulgaria’s ski resorts is when the fun really starts!  Let’s start with dinner at a local restaurant, or a mehana (meaning tavern) as they call them in Bansko. Bulgarian food is delicious, especially in the numerous restaurants you’ll find in our three featured resorts. All food is sourced
20 Dec 2021
The last time we had any skiers on holiday with us, in fact any holiday makers at all, was in March 2020, thanks to Covid. It’s been a tough 20 months, the travel industry has been hit really hard throughout the pandemic. What makes it difficult for travel companies is they can’t just shut your doors and furlough all staff because we need to service all our customers who have holidays booked. All of us here at Balkan Holidays are very happy to do that as the vast majority of our wonderful customers have stuck with us and transferred their holiday to the next season…and then the next season! We really do appreciate all your
05 Nov 2021
Having previously been a French Alpes exclusive snowboarder, I had the opportunity to visit Bansko in March 2020 just before lockdown started, and boy was I impressed! I was pleasantly surprised by the quality of the slopes in Bansko, well groomed, corduroy slopes met me and without a mogul in sight! There was a mixed standard of slopes too, not just blue runs but some good reds which were a good width too and to top it off I was also lucky enough to have sunshine too! For the Instagramable photos head to the ‘Bansko loves you ball’ on the piste! A few times throughout our stay we visited the Mountain restaurants as you do for
26 Oct 2021
Nothing quite compares to carving on your board or skis down freshly groomed pistes on a sunny crisp morning,taking in the views of the Pirin Mountains and getting a serious adrenaline rush at the same time. Quite frankly, there's no better place to do it than on a  Bansko Holiday, without a doubt Bulgaria's most modern ski resort. Here are five reasons why it's the best place to be if you're into the sport. Location Situated as it is at the foot of the Pirin Mountains, you're lucky to have a whole UNESCO World Heritage Site to explore at your leisure. Bulgaria's landscape is at its wildest here, and
25 Jun 2021
Our Top Reasons Why You'll Love Learning to Ski In Bulgaria You've thought about learning to ski, but you find yourself asking the question "is it for me?". Well, the answer simply has to be YES! Why? Because not only is skiing an incredibly fun hobby that will take you to some of the most breathtaking places, but provided you are in good hands, skiing is also easier to learn and more affordable than most people think. Not much can compare to the cocktail of positive emotions racing through your body when you find yourself at the bottom of the slope having just completed your very first run. Almost instantly you find
10 Dec 2019
Once again the Eastern European resorts of Bulgaria have dominated the cheapest ski destinations in Europe report with both Borovets and Bansko taking the top spots, offering consumers the best value for their money this winter. This welcoming news was announced in the recent Post Office Ski Resort Report which compiles data from leading ski resorts around the continent to put together a comprehensive report detailing which destinations provide the best choice available to clients. The report found Borovets cheapest when it came to a complete ski package including a six-day ski pass and ski/boot hire for one person, together with ski
22 Nov 2019
With increased capacity out of East Midlands and Newcastle this Winter, more guests can take advantage of Balkan Holidays’ ‘City and Ski’ option. Those flying home to Bristol, East Midlands, Manchester and Newcastle can spend their final day in the city of Sofia, Bulgaria. Sofia is Bulgaria’s bustling, cosmopolitan capital and a compact and characterful place. It is young, lively and appealing, with numerous bars and cafes. Churches, treasure-filled museums, art galleries and leafy parks could keep visitors busy for a week. Once checked out of their ski resort, Balkan Holidays guests will be driven the couple of
08 Nov 2019
According to the Post Office report for 2019, Bansko, Bulgaria is the Best-Value Ski Resort for families. The report compares the cost of a lift-pass, tuition, lunch and drinks on the mountains and skis and boot hire for a family of four. In all, 25 resorts were compared. The cost of all the items in Bansko was £1529.72, a reduction of 0.3% since last year. Head of Marketing for Balkan Holidays, Louise Newton said, ‘It is no surprise that Bansko tops the list, as the resort offers incredibly low-priced items. That makes it perfect for families, especially those with children who are learning to ski and need an entry-level
21 Oct 2019
Great decision, you want to return to the slopes! With Balkan there is a loyalty bonus of 5%, so you’re already saving. Our advice for year two is to lower your expectations of what you learned last time, and take it slowly. Definitely prepare by getting fit (see our previous blog article). It’s a good idea to keep a Trello.com list of ‘stuff you’ll need’ for each day to help you avoid forgetting anything. Lessons are great at any level, especially if you are unfamiliar with the resort you’ve chosen. You’ll get to know the slopes in safe company and then have spare time to explore your
16 Oct 2019
Preparation for a ski/board trip is key. This is especially true if you are a beginner, as there will be many falls (on soft snow!), and lots of physical demands, such as carrying skis. So, to get most enjoyment out of your trip, the best advice is to prepare your body for a week on the slopes. One of the key challenges is the strain put on your thighs as you ski. After a day many will find their legs complaining and shaking, and you can avoid this by being prepared. Core stability is also key, for balance, for a good ski posture, and to get up when you fall. As with all sport, warming up and stretching at the end of the day are
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