Sofia - 3 hours
• Cup of coffee from 3.00 leva • Small beer from 3.00 leva • Bottle of house wine from 26.00 leva • Kavarma from 18.00 leva • Glass of coke from 3.60 leva • Rakia from 4.60 leva • Sandwich from 7.00 leva • Pizza from 16.00 leva • Burger & fries from 8.00 leva
Birmingham, London Gatwick, Manchester
Free ski/board social service
Pistes over 2,500m
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Intermediates Ski Rating
Beginners Ski Rating
So what's it like?
A traditional Bulgarian town and a superb ski resort all in one
Of all the resorts in Bulgaria, Bansko has the largest ski area and the biggest resort village. Although slightly more expensive than Pamporovo or Borovets it’s still relatively very affordable. The one thing it offers that you don’t find in the other resorts is true luxury hotels like Lucky, Premier Mountain Resort and Kempinski – they’d be top hotels wherever they were. This is the most snowsure of any of the resorts in Bulgaria too, with plenty of snow cannons that are sometimes needed for the run back into the village. To top it all off there’s a great ski school as you’d expect in Bulgaria.
The ski school was in the top 10 we offer in Europe as voted by our customers – whether you’re a first-timer or even a competent intermediate the level of instruction is superb. The great thing about Bansko is it does have runs to keep the better skiers entertained and at the top of the mountain where the tougher runs are the snow tends to be really good too. The town is massive, the small old town centre has cobbled streets and stone clad buildings with terracotta tile roofs. Whereas the new town is thriving with bars and restaurants – everywhere is very inexpensive, whether you’re having traditional Bulgarian Shishche (meat skewers), burger and chips, or just out drinking – the little you pay for a round is staggering. Given the large ski area, diversity of the skiing available and the large town Bansko is an inexpensive alternative to rival many of the other well known European ski resorts.
Ski Information Beginners
First-time skiers will find Bankso has plenty to offer. From the excellent tuition by some of Bulgaria's best English speaking instructors, to the numerous well-groomed runs, Bansko is the ideal place to learn to ski.
Ski Information Intermediates
There is an excellent choice of blue and red runs, all joined by a network of mostly chair and some drag lifts. For improver skiers, the Bansko ski school offer excellent tuition.
Ski Information Advanced
A regular host to off-piste competitions, Bansko is known for its extreme terrain and off-piste skiing. In addition, some of the red runs and the 'Alberto Tomba' black run offer advanced skiers plenty of challenges in the main ski area.
Plenty of lively bars and nightclubs. Try: · Happy End · The Irish Bar · Amigos · Lions Pub · Track Bar Drink and Dance · Euphoria · Oxygen · joining our resort team on a tour of the best bars in town
Bowling alley, indoor swimming pool, outdoor ice skating, spa treatments
Almost 100 restaurants or "Mehanas" offering a variety of Bulgarian and international cuisine · 3-course meal from around £11 · Pizzas from £4.50 · Coffee and tea from 90p · Bottle of beer from £1.30. Try: · Amvrosia, serving international cuisine · The Irish Harp, a steak house that import their fresh beef from County Kildare in Ireland · The Avalon, serving English cuisine such as homemade sausage and mash. Famous for their curry nights on Thursday they sell out fast so best book before you travel if your after the curry (email on their website)
Bansko is not only a ski resort but a thriving town too. There are plenty of shops to explore as well as historic sights and monuments such as the famous local church of St. Trinity.
One-way (arrival) from £38 pp.
Return from £73 pp.
Junior Ski club (4-7 years)
9.00-16.30 - Your children will enjoy 1-2 hrs play in the snow including learning the basics of skiing followed by lunch and more play. Includes lift pass, badge, pencil case and pictures to colour-in. The Junior Ski Club is convenient for skiing parents as it is located right by the slopes, at top of the gondola lift.
Book locally. Prices approx. £118 for 6 days. Timetable and prices are approximate and subject to change.
Book by 31 Aug 2014
- Buy one get one half price lift passes – for all departure dates