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Bansko

Listed under Skiing in Bansko, Bulgaria.

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For great skiing and fantastic modern facilities, the Bulgarian resort of Bankso is worth considering for its good value. In the past few years there has been a multi-million Euro investment in the area and it shows through the site's luxury hotels, apartments, and other facilities.

The highest point for skiing is 2,600m and there is around 65km of marked pistes. There are 17 runs in all and it has been described as one of the best places to learn skiing. Despite its relative newcomer status, it attracts people from around the world due to the fantastic snow cover from December through to May and fantastic local amenities. The slopes are rigorously maintained, making the resort an aesthetic delight for skiers at all times.

The Bankso region has an abundance of interesting areas from the town itself to the nearby Pirin National Park. All in all there are around 120 cultural and historical monuments in the Bankso area. Most importantly, the apres-ski is abundant, with traditional taverns or “Mehana” on every corner. Prices are affordable and the people welcoming. A great place to visit, on and off piste.

Written by  alexis_b.

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Avoid half term

I went to Bansko during half term. The resort was very busy and it showed. The hire equipment was very poor (bent poles, no skis the right length for my niece) and the service slow (three hours to get fitted for skis and boots). The teaching was OK, but the groups are quite big and the experience levels wide, so we often seemed to be coasting along and not learning much.

A little gem

Bansko is fast becoming one of the top ski locations in Europe. It can't be beaten on price and great facilities. It has state-of-the-art new ski lifts. The cobbled streets of the old town are great to explore where you'll find plenty of 'après ski' bars and mehanas serving traditional local cuisine and live music. Its a little gem, we're going back this year!

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