South of Sofia and Razlog in the Pirin Mountains, the Bansko ski centre is in a beautiful, unspoiled area and has reliable snow. The Bansko ski area offers snowboarders 18 pistes totaling 70km served by 15 lifts accessing 1,600m of vertical. While it is known as an intermediates paradise, there is some hike-able off-piste, but beware of avalanche danger.
There is an eight passenger gondola that provides access from town up to the ski area (25 minute ride), but the return 7km piste is quite flat and requires some hiking. After taking the gondola up from town, the pistes are divided into two main ski centres: Chalin Valong (1100m up to 1600m) and Shiligarnika (1700m up to 2500m). They are located approximately 10 km above the town on the northern slopes of Pirin. If you're in search of powder, take the lift up Todorka, which ends prior to the summit. Continue hiking up the summit to above 3000m. From the summit, there are numerous classic descents, but it is possible to get lost so good to grab a guide beforehand. Also from the Todorka lift, there is some awesome sidecountry worth freeriding, but again, a guide is good to advise which lines are prone to avalanche slides.
For apres ski, check out the Happy End. And, for nightlife, try the Lions Pub or Harry Bar.
To reach the snowboarding at Bansko from Sofia, drive south for 2.5 hours.
When snowboarding and freeriding internationally, it is important to get a travel insurance policy that covers emergency rescue, medical expense and evacuation. There are many destinations that will not initiate rescue or medical treatment without prior payment or proof of insurance. In many cases, the rescue fees, medical fees or evacuation to a reputable hospital can total tens of thousands of dollars. Plans such as GEOS SAR100 or IMG Patriot Travel Medical Insurance are well worth the per-trip cost of $130 to $200 USD.
Overall, Bansko Ski Centre is the 2nd most popular snowboard & freeride destination of all 4 snowboarding resorts in Bulgaria.
Local Contacts: Tourist Info 359 (2) 43331; Bansko Ski Centre 7443-8048
Best Season: Jan. - Mar.
Base Camp: Hotel Bansko; Hotel Aneli
Luxury Loding: MPM Sport Hotel; Hotel Bella Vista Bansko; Hotel Grand Arena
Reference Source: click here http://www.banskoski.com/
GPS: 41.824549, 23.476925
Date Published: 12/30/2015
Date Updated: 12/5/2017
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