Skiing in Bansko, Bulgaria

Published April 6, 2012 by Sean

I’ve just got back from a week skiing in Bansko, and was pleasantly surprised at how good value it was. Granted this is coming towards the end of the season, but the snow at the top of the mountain was occasionally excellent.

There is scope for the pistes here to be extended, but what there is is very good for less experienced skiers. Blue runs all the way down from the summit (or reds on the other side). The main extent of the runs (between the top gondola and the summit) are covered in 2 stages of chair lifts, and adds up to maybe 25-40 min of skiing before needing to take a lift back up. The gondola ride up from the town is about 30 minutes (in 2 stages) but you can ski all the way down (at least till 29 March 2012, when there were a handful of 2-3m sections without snow)

There are 4/5 restaurant areas on the mountain, with free wifi. Most of the lifts seem very modern, and the majority are 4 or 6 seat chair lifts. These were running at maybe 15% capacity on my trip.

Bulgaria is in the EU, and euro seem to be accepted as currency with a 1:2 exchange rate for lev. A main course ranged from £3 to £12, beer and coffee £1-£3. Although Bansko doesn’t have great transport links, a minibus transfer from Sofia airport was 60 euro per person and took 2 hours which is not much worse than the alps.

For 6 days skiing, between 2 people we spent a total of about £1200 (accommodation was cheap, but you can buy an apartment for €20,000 in Bansko)

Flights          £400 (inc parking at airport)
Apartment   £120
Lift Passes   £250 (2 adults, 6 days, including insurance)
Ski hire         £150 (x2, 6 days)

The resort website has real time weather/lift info and webcams.

A nice option for late lunch after a long morning skiing is the euphoria bar which has a wide range of good food, and seemed to be our first stop after coming down the mountain each day!

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  1. Victoria says:

    I’m glad that you had a good time in Bansko – it’s been a fantastic season for snow.
    The plans are going through very slowly to extend the pistes but with any luck in the next couple of years the ski area will start to expand quite a bit so it could be worth another visit then! 🙂

    Posted April 20, 2012 @ 7:08 pm (UK)

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