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Bulgaria, 150 km away from the capital Sofia, about two hours of travel
  • The British The Guardian names Bansko one of the best snowboarding destinations in Europe

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      by Vilie Farah

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      Bulgaria is still a relatively unpopular skiing destination. This is so because the country has to compete against established leaders like Austria, Switzerland, Germany and France. The one thing that the country offers as an advantage over the others is relatively low prices.

      Bansko is Bulgaria’s most popular winter resort. It is located to the south of Sofia, the capital of the country. Bansko is situated in the foot of Pirin Mountain, an impressive and beautiful range known for its peaks, rock phenomena and glacial lakes.

      Each time I visit, the face of the resort appears to be modified. It has a traditional center that features typical, old Bulgarian


      houses. The resort’s main square is a peaceful and charming little place, away from the large hotels and restaurants.

      Bansko is called the ‘town of museums’ for a reason. It has numerous cultural landmarks that are worth exploring besides the snowy tracks and sports opportunities that Pirin has to offer.

      The town is a combination of modernity and traditions. Its old church and preserved traditions turn it into a magical place. All the restaurants offer traditional surroundings and a folklore program. Everyone who has explored Bulgarian folklore at least once has fallen in love with it.

      At the same time, Bansko has its modern hotels, swimming pools, spa centers and ...


      • skiing facilities. The resort’s lift was recently constructed and the service it offers is of high quality. The ski tracks are well-maintained and Bansko’s ski school is readily available.

        The ski tracks are positioned at an altitude ranging from 2600 to 990 m. Not as high as the French Alps, Bansko is still a leading resort that offers an excellent price to quality ratio.

        The overall length of ski tracks is 70 kilometers of which 30 percent are suitable for beginners, 45 percent are suitable for intermediate skiers and the rest of the tracks appeal mostly to expert skiers.

        The longest track is 16 km long. The ski area is

        serviced by 14 lifts. The British The Guardian names Bansko one of the best snowboarding destinations in Europe. Bansko features the first East European snowboard park. Those who love extreme adventures will like it as well. Bansko is excellent in terms of freeriding and heli-skiing.

        I have to confess that I am somehow nostalgic about the appearance of ‘old’ Bansko. It used to be a small town that lacked large hotels and modern developments. Today, the face of the resort has changed and it is somehow threatened by overconstruction.

        Still, Bansko is worth paying a visit to. It will get you acquainted with Bulgarian traditions and Bulgarian nature. Both are worth exploring.




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