Ski Bansko: resort guide
Guide to Bansko ski resort, including practical information on hotels, restaurants and piste guide. Taken from “Where to ski and snowboard 2015″
Bansko is an old town, set on a flat valley floor in the scenic Pirin National Park, that has been catapulted into the 21st century by installation of modern lifts on its slopes and construction of a lot of new lodgings, many near the base of the new access gondola to the slopes. Last season the resort took a further step forward by hosting World Cup women’s downhill and Super-G races.
- Bulgaria’s best mountain
- Lots of fast lifts on the mountain
- Picturesque town at the base
- Smart new or renovated hotels
- Low prices
- Friendly, helpful locals
- Cheap and very cheerful traditional restaurants all over the town
WE DON’T LIKE
- Long gondola ride up to the main lift base – and long queues at the morning peak
- Limited slopes by Alpine standards
- Long airport transfers; poor roads
- Few off-slope diversions
- Lots of building going on and half-finished buildings around
The town looks no great beauty on the outskirts. But head into the central square and the town reveals a quiet and charming heart, with architecture straight out of Disney’s Beauty And The Beast. There are few outward signs of commercial tourism here except for hotels, which nestle between homes, shops, restaurants and churches.
The town centre is a fair walk from the gondola base – some hotels run shuttle-buses to/from the lift – but a more convenient hub is developing rapidly at the base, including upmarket hotels and apartments. The downside is that construction is still in progress, with all that that entails.
The Pirin National Park is noted more for its flora and fauna than for dramatic scenery.
The resort now claims snowmaking covers all of the pistes. Together with good grooming (by Bulgarian standards) and north-facing slopes, this means more reliable snow than the Bulgarian norm.