- 145 km away from Sofia
- 1,5 hours by car from Sofia International Airport
- the skiing season starts in the middle of December and ends by the middle of April.
- the area combines great skiing, beautiful nature and historical significanceBansko is located on 925 m above sea level, and its skiing area is on 2000-2500 m above sea level.
Bansko is a relatively new Bulgarian Ski Resort, recently discovered by the skiers and tourists. Bansko provides a superb combination of virgin nature of the Pirin mountain and the atmosphere of the ancient Bulgarian small towns. Bansko is not only a resort but a beautiful historic spot .
Bansko ski resort is situated in South-Western Bulgaria at the foot hills of the most beautiful Bulgarian mountain called Pirin. The Pirin mountain is a natural preserve included in the World Natural Heritage List.
All season attraction
During the summer Pirin attracts thousands of Bulgarian and foreign tourists, fond of nature and adventures.
In winter Pirin offers excellent conditions for skiing in the ski sites - Shiligarnika, Bandershishka Meadow, Chlinollow above Bansko , as well as Bezbog - above Dobrinishte.
The Pirin mountain has a predominantly Alpine character with 2 peaks towering above 2900 m. However, the slopes offer runs and tracks for all types of skiers and will suit both beginners and experts.
Bansko has a good snow record, offers great skiing and Après ski. A good value for money, much different from the other Ski Resorts of Borovets and Pamporovo.
The two major ski areas are situated above the town, on the northern slopes of the Pirin mountain, approx. 10 km from the town. There is a new modern gondola lift, starting from the town.
Slalom and Giant slalom runs are available. Bansko offers a cross-country track with a total length of 5 km. A 3 km ski run Rollbahn track is situated 2 km from the town. The ski runs are serviced by 2 main lifts and several drags.
A place to go
The town itself attracts visitors by its 120 cultural monuments, its museums and the permanent ethnographic exhibitions. Bansko is a unique tourist center with rich cultural-historic heritage , preserved folklore and crafts , original cuisine, plenty of cosy and snug small private hotels and taverns in traditional style, combined with marvellous and picturesque nature of Pirin and thermal mineral springs in the adjacent Dobrinishte.
We also recommend a visit to the famous Rila Monastery and the capital of Sofia.
Bansko kapamma, Chomlek, Katino mezze, Kreshchina(Bansko leg pork) - dry appetyzer, Barkada Banski kachamak (Bansko hominy).
The Emergency SKI PATROL service is available 24 hours a day.
Fully equipped and functioning hospitals and highly qualified dentists are available in Bansko.Bansko's official web site