Bansko - a Fascinating New Experience
|Height of resort||936m|
|Height of ski runs||1100-2500m|
|Highest ski point||2500m|
|Marked ski runs||14km|
|Longest ski run||2.6km|
|The newest Bulgarian
winter resort, recently discovered by the foreign
tourists. Bansko provides an interesting combination
between the virgin nature of Pirin Mountain and the
atmosphere of the ancient Bulgarian small town.
Bansko ski resort is situated in Southwestern Bulgaria, at the foothills of one of the most beautiful Bulgarian mountains - Pirin, which is a national preserve, included in the WORLD NATURAL HERITAGE list. The distance from Sofia to Bansko is 160 km.
|The skiing conditions in Bansko are excellent. The Pirin mountain has a predonantly Alpine charachter with three peaks towering above 2900 m. However the slopes offer runs and tracks for all types of skiers, from novice to the experts, while the ski runs are maintained in excellent condition. The town itself attracts visitors by its 120 cultural monuments, its museums houses, and the permanent ethnographic and Bansko schlool of icon painting exhibitions.|
A very interesting sight is the HOLY TRINITY church with its 30 m high bell tower and clock, splending murals and woodcarvings. The region is famous for its cuisine and colorful folklore and offers various entertainment opportunities.
Surrounded by Pirin, Rila and Rhodopa mountains, Bansko is a climatic mountain resort with a short summer and long winter. The average temperature during january, the coldest month, is -1.9C. Snow falls are abudant, providing a constant winter snow cover up to 2 m thick. The skiing season along the Pirin slopes starts in the middle of December and ends in mid-April.
MAGNIFICENT SKI AREA
|The two major ski
regions of Bansko - the lower called CHALIN VALOG
(1100-1600m) and the higher called SHILIGARNIKA
(1700-2500m) - are situated above the town, on the
nothern slopes of Pirin mountain. Slalom and grand slalom
runs are available in the SHILIGARNIKA region. The third
ski region is BANDERISHKA POLIANA. The most suitable
nursery slopes are around MOTIKATA restaurant, a short
distance from the town of Bansko. Nursery slopes are also
available in the region of CHALIN VALOG and SHILIGARNIKA.
Bansko offers a cross-country track with a total lenght
of 5 km. at a height of 1530 m above sea level at the
BANDERISHKA POLIANA slope. A 3 km ski-run Rollbahn track
is situated 2 km from the town at 1050 m above the sea
The Bansko ski school offers skiing classes in 5 different difficulty levels, from A to E - in groups or individually of varying duration. The tuition in cross-country skiing is in 2 classes of difficulty. All graduates receive skiing certificates.
Ski rental services providing ski equipment from world famous brands are at teh disposal of the skiers along the ski runs. Skiers can also leave their own equipment for safe keeping there.
The Ski Package Offer covers skiing school classes, unlimited lift usage, ski and boots hire or storage of own ski equipment as well as bus transportation to the ski runs.
24 hour Emergency Rescue Service is based in the town of Bansko and in the region of SHILIGARNIKA in Pirin mountain and is fully equipped with all the necessary equipment.
|Bansko offers a wide
variety of choices like old-style pubs and taverns,
restaurants, disco clubs and coffee shops in the old
town. The DEDO PENE TAVERN offers the delicious Bansko
cuisine in a historical house built in 1820. In MILUSH
TAVERN you can try "chomlek", "Banski
staretz", "sudjuk", kebap in pumpkin,
"capama" and more.
From Bansko you can go to many interesting places. To Melnik and Rojen Monastery , to Sofia, Plovdiv and Bachkovski Monastery, to Sandanski and Velingrad, to Rila mountain (40 minutes by car) Borovets (20 minutes by helicopter) for a day skiing in another resort and Rila Monastery.
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