A traditional Bulgarian town and a superb ski resort all in one.
- Bulgaria's largest ski resort, with fast modern lifts and extensive snow making.
- Food, drink and new luxury hotels all at significantly lower prices than the Alps.
- Highly-rated ski school operating on the tree-lined slopes of the scenic Pirin National Park.
- Voted Bulgaria's Best Ski Resort in the World Ski Awards since 2013.
What sets Bansko aside from its Balkan neighbours is the selection of fantastic hotels (mostly built in the last 15 years or so) that wouldn't look out of place in some of the world's most prestigious resorts - here is the chance to soak up some seriously affordable luxury. This is the best resort for snow making in Bulgaria too, with plenty of snow cannons on hand to top up the slopes throughout the season if the weather isn't on our side.
To top it all off there’s a great ski school - as you’d expect in Bulgaria - voted as one of the top ten in Europe by our customers. Whether you’re a first-timer or even a competent intermediate, the level of instruction is superb.
If ski school isn't needed then there are some challenging runs to keep you occupied - including the FIS World Cup black run Tomba. Being generally a little higher up the mountain the tougher runs tend to have the best snow too.
The town itself is massive. The UNESCO-protected old town centre has cobbled streets and distinctive, ancient architecture - think stone clad buildings with terracotta tile roofs, and one of the largest churches in Bulgaria, The Holy Trinity Church. The new town though, is extremely lively - it has a main strip thriving with bars, nightclubs, restaurants and, of course, lots and lots of shopping. Everywhere is very inexpensive, whether you’re having traditional Bulgarian Shishche (meat skewers), burger and chips, or just a drink or two – the tiny amount you pay for a round is staggering.
A large ski area, diverse skiing, quality tuition and a vibrant town - Bansko is a great value alternative to other well known Alpine ski resorts.