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Bansko

Set at the foot of the beautiful Pirin mountains, Bansko offers a great combo of modern infrastructure, tree-lined slopes and an old town steeped in history. It's the largest ski area in Bulgaria with 70km of pistes.

 

It also has one of the best and most modern lift systems in Eastern Europe giving you quick access to all of the 20 runs in the area. Pair this with excellent tuition from English-speaking instructors and it's easy to see why it so good for a beginner ski holiday. 

At a glance...
  • 70km ski area
  • Charming Old Town
  • Modern lift system
  • Great English-speaking tuition
  • Lively nightlife
  • Saturday flying from Gatwick or Manchester
  • 3 hour transfer

Most of the hotels here are four-star, but you only pay three-star prices as the value is so good. Many have facilities such as wellness areas with swimming pools, games rooms, and some even have 10-pin bowling alleys!

 

There's a lively après-ski scene with plenty of choice when it comes to eating and drinking. The choice carries on off the mountain with activities suiting couples, families and groups alike.

On the mountain

Bansko is perfect for first-timers thanks to excellent tuition by English speaking instructors and the numerous well-groomed, gentle slopes. For improvers and intermediates, there’s an excellent choice of blue and red runs all joined up by a high-speed network of chair and drag lifts.

 

Don't forget to pre-book your ski extras like lift passes, equipment hire and tuition. Prices of these essentials will be higher in resort, so save yourself some money and book with us before you go.

Bansko resort stats

Resort altitude: 930m

Skiing altitude: 930m to 2560m

Ski area size: 70km 

Number of runs: 20

Range of runs: 20% green, 15% blue, 40% red and 25% black

Lifts: 7 drags, 6 chairlifts and 1 gondola

Night skiing: No

Cross country trails: 5km

Snowmaking: 50% runs covered

Resort bus: Yes

Bansko travel info

Departure airports: Gatwick or Manchester

Departure day: Saturday

Arrival airport: Sofia

Flying time: approx. 3 hours

Transfer time: approx. 3 hours 

Off the mountain

For après-ski, the excellent standard of the hotels means that you’ll have wellness facilities to ease aching muscles.

 

Alternatively, head into town where you’ll find a large choice of restaurants and bars to party well into the small hours. A visit to a traditional Mehana (tavern) is definitely not to be missed.

Bansko offers

Save some money for après with our ski and board offers...

 

Free tuition for kids aged 7 to 12 when two adults pre-book ski or board packs

Don't miss...

Take a walk around the Old Town area of Bansko to see the more traditional side of Bulgaria. 

 

A highlight of any stay is also the experience of a local tavern, or ‘Mehana’. You’ll find authentic Bulgarian entertainment, tasty local dishes, fine wines and fantastic hospitality. Bansko is worth visiting just for that!

Hotel Lion Bansko

Hotel Lion Bansko

Bansko , Bulgaria

From £299pp
MPM Hotel Guinness Bansko

MPM Hotel Guinness Bansko

Bansko , Bulgaria

From £285pp
MPM Hotel Sport Bansko

MPM Hotel Sport Bansko

Bansko , Bulgaria

From £379pp
Kempinski Hotel Grand Arena

Kempinski Hotel Grand Arena

Bansko , Bulgaria

From £613pp
Hotel Bizev

Hotel Bizev

Bansko , Bulgaria

From £219pp
Hotel Strazhite

Hotel Strazhite

Bansko , Bulgaria

From £275pp
Hotel Premier Luxury Mountain Resort

Premier Luxury Mountain Resort

Bansko , Bulgaria

From £495pp
Grand Montana

Grand Montana

Bansko , Bulgaria

From £275pp
Belmont Hotel

Belmont Hotel

Bansko , Bulgaria

From £299pp