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 approximately 10 km above the town on the northern slopes of Pirin.
For apres ski, check out the Happy End. And, for nightlife, try the Lions Pub.
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.