Bulgaria's most popular ski destination, Bansko is a dream resort for beginners and intermediates on a budget. Offering amazing value throughout the season, first-time visitors to Bansko often quote the price tag as a key motivation for booking. But their list of reasons for coming back year after year tends to be much longer: Bansko is a charming resort with great skiing, plenty of character and a friendly 'buzz' in the town itself.
Having received millions of euros in investment over recent years, Bansko boasts some of the best infrastructure to be found anywhere in Bulgaria. Perhaps the best example of this is the main eight-man gondola lift which conveys visitors from the town to 'Bunderishka', the access point to the slopes of the Pirin National Park. From here, two fast chair lifts offer access to the north-facing slopes and summits above. A home-bound blue slope runs all the way back to the town itself.
In the sprawling shadow of the Pirin Mountains, Bansko offers good snow coverage from mid-December to mid-May, giving it the longest ski season anywhere in Bulgaria. With a summit altitude of 2,560m and a vertical drop of 1,570m, there is great skiing to be had here for the beginners and intermediates who tend to favour this resort. Almost eighty-five per cent of Bansko ski runs are suitable for lower- and middle-ability skiers. Although this perhaps places some limitations on the most expert skiers, it does make Bansko an ideal destination for mixed-ability groups: everyone can to ski at their own level and meet up regularly.Local Area Pistemap
Bansko has a lively and friendly buzz which keeps visitors coming back. Many enjoy the local 'mehanas' (inns) which open log fires, hearty regional food and free-flowing local wines. More formal dining is also available in the growing number of local restaurants where food is of a good standard at a terrific price.
Aprés ski in Bansko is growing year-on-year, with a hub of lively watering holes situated at the base station of the main gondola lift.
A spacious, traditional chalet in the resort-centre 'old town' of Bansko. Sleeping 15 guests in eight ensuite bedrooms, and with a great location, Chalet Garibaldi is a dream for groups of solo skiers. Inclusive drinks with evening meals. Access to pool, steamroom and sauna. Read more...
The prices shown are per person, except where it is explicitly stated otherwise. They include chalet accommodation with breakfast, afternoon tea and evening meals (six nights). Some chalets offer inclusive wine and beer - see your chalet page for details. Flights are not included and all other extras such as ski passes, ski hire and lessons can be arranged through us at an additional cost. Book your flights and let us take care of the rest!
|Arrival Date||Nights||Chalet||Single Room||Budget Single||Twin Room||Budget Twin||Triple Room||Quad Room||Budget Quad||Five-Bed Room|
|Sat 18 Mar 2017||7||Belmont
|£495||n/a||2 x £370||n/a||3 x £330||n/a||n/a||n/a|
|Sun 19 Mar 2017||7||Chez Claude
|Sun 26 Mar 2017||7||The Alpine Lodge
|Wed 29 Mar 2017||4
|Sat 25 Mar 2017||7||Chery des Meuniers
|Sat 01 Apr 2017||7||Chery des Meuniers
|Sat 15 Apr 2017||7||Belmont
|For||Name||When Available||Inclusions||Price 2016-2017|
|Beginner Skiers||Learn to Ski||14 Jan 2017||6 half-day lessons, liftpass, equipment hire||£220|
|Beginner Skiers||Learn to Ski||04 Mar 2017||6 half-day lessons, liftpass, equipment hire||£240|
|Skiers||Ski Pack A||All Season||6 half-day lessons, liftpass, equipment hire||£250|
|Snowboarders||Snowboard Pack A*||All Season||3 two-hour lessons, liftpass, equipment hire||£250|
|Snowboarders||Snowboard Pack B*||All Season||6 half-day lessons, liftpass, equipment hire||£330|
* For first-time snowboarders, six half-day lessons is recommended. The first week of snowboarding can be tricky, and three two-hour sessions might not be enough for your first ever snowboarding trip. The cheaper package with three two-hour lessons is intended for those in need of a refresher course. Find out what to expect from your first week as a snowboarder.