Bansko ski resort is the best winter resort in Bulgaria with the longest ski runs and the richest cultural history. The town of Bansko is situated at the foot of the Pirin mountain in the south-western Bulgaria, 160 km from Sofia.
The resort offers excellent ski and snowboard conditions and infrastructure. A lot of hotels of various standards and prices are available for booking on-line. Regarding Apres ski - the resort offers hundreds of bars and traditional restaurants called 'mehana'. Bansko mountain resort is an excellent choice for your ski and snowboard holiday in Bulgaria.
Bansko is a town in southwestern Bulgaria, located at the foot of the Pirin Mountains at an elevation of 927 m above sea level. It is a popular ski resort for both European and Bulgarian tourists.
There are several legends about who founded Bansko. According to one of them, Bansko was founded by people who lived in Dobarsko, a village in Rila, itself according to a legend founded by the blinded army of Tsar Samuil. Another legend claims that Bansko was founded by an Italian painter by the name of Ciociolino, hence the existence of the name Chucholin in Bansko.
The Pirin Mountains are a mountain range in southwestern Bulgaria, with Vihren (2,914 m high) the highest peak, situated at 41°45′50″N 23°25′30″E. The range extends about 40 km northwest-southeast, and about 25 km wide. Most of the range is protected in the Pirin National Park. The mountain is named after Perun (Cyrillic: Перун), the highest god of the Slavic pantheon and the god of thunder and lightning.
To the north Pirin is separated from Bulgaria's highest mountain range, the Rila Mountains, by the Predel saddle, while to the south it reaches the Slavyanka mountain. To the west is located the valley of the Struma and to the east of the Mesta Rivers. Pirin is noted for its rich flora and fauna. Much of the area is forested, with the best conifer woods in Bulgaria, holding important populations of the Balkan endemic species Macedonian Pine, Bosnian Pine and Bulgarian Fir. Animals include the wolf and the Brown Bear.
Most menus in Bansko are translated in English, but do not always count on that. Nervous meatballs? Yup, that’s one of the most common translation cock ups. Try reading your menu. Amuse yourself before choosing at the most bizarreÂ English descriptions of the meals and ingredients. Seems like many restaurants have saved a few leva on professional translation, so let me save your stomach with an introduction to Bulgarian cuisine.
Although any of the above are delicious, if you have the chance, try Bulgarian oven cooked food. Peppers stuffed with rice and minced meat are some of my favourites and so are the â€œsarmiâ€ â€“Â again rice and minced meat filling, beautifully folded in vine or cabbage leaves.
Bulgaria grows the best vegetables I have tasted â€“ potatoes that totally redefine the word potato, peas, beans, peppers, onions, carrots. All that lot can all go in a pot in the oven (with or without meat) along with a little liquid and emerge as a tasty meal called â€œgyuvetchâ€. This is probably the easiest and most reliable self catering recipe. A winner.
Today Bansko offers a very modern ski area and an equally up to date resort but with the unique assets of the genuine old town with its century old houses and cobbled streets and the stunning beauty of the Pirin National Park all thrown into the mix.
The Ski area The total length of the marked ski area is over 70 kilometres. The pistes are located in two main areas- CHALIN VALOG (1100- 1600m) and SHILIGARNIKA (1700- 2500m). They are approximately 10 kilometres above the town on the northern slopes of Pirin Mountain. 44 modern snow cannons ensure good snow cover, even late in the season. The slopes offer runs for all types of skiers. The 16 km Blue run down from the top of Pirin Mountain to the Base station is perfect for beginners and a great way to end the days skiing. A large selection of red runs and the superb Tomba black run will keep most Intermediate and Advanced skiers busy.
- Sleep: 40, Catered
- Rooms: Double, triple, and 4 beds apartments); Each room with bathroom, Sat TV, Terrace.
- Facilities: Reception, Living room, Indoor pool, Sauna, Jacuzzi, Gym, Bar/Dining room, Free wi-fi, Ski lift transfer
- Airport transfer: included
- (B&B options available)