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Bansko Ski Resort

piste mapBansko is Bulgaria’s largest and most prestigious ski resort. Over the last few years, a multi-million pound investment has created 75km of pistes spread between 1000 and 2600m.

An 8 man gondola and a 9km floodlit piste link the ski area to the town. Eight brand new chair lifts access the slopes from the top of the gondola, with a new ski cross and freestyle snow park area having opened for the 2009 season for advanced skiers and snowboarders.

Conditions for beginners are excellent. With mini drag lifts, a nursery area, a magic carpet and many English speaking instructors available at low prices, Bansko is the perfect resort in which to find your feet.

The resort has the best snow record in Bulgaria, becoming famous for sunny skiing and superb off-piste powder. The season runs from mid December to until mid April, with 70 new snow cannons (covering 80% of the pistes) enhancing piste conditions. The ski area runs alongside the Pirin National Park (a UNESCO World Heritage Site) and fantastic views can be enjoyed across to Greece to the South and the Rila and Rhodopi mountain ranges to the North.

The town itself has a very unique charm, combining a stunning traditionally cobbled mediaeval centre with a more modern area offering clubs, bars and restaurants.

Traditional ‘Mehanas’ (restaurants) serve local cuisine and fine Bulgarian wine accompanied by live music from the Pirin region.

For the non-skiers there are a range of activities in the town including an ice rink, ten pin bowling, many top class elegant spas,  and clothes/souvenir shopping.

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