Mount ranges

The ski season runs from the mid December to mid April, with the best times to ski from mid January until mid March. There are currently 65 kms of pistes, for the whole range of skills, from beginners to expert. 60% of the runs have snow cannons ensuring a snow filled season. 30 kms of additional piste runs are being built for preparation for application to the winter olympics.

A ski pass currently costs 280 leva, ski hire and snowboard hire is around 100 leva and lessons are 170 leva for 1 week from the excellent local ski school.

Youtube video: Bansko skiing/boarding (new window)

The snowboarders can enjoy the first of the Balkans fun park where people can build jumps suiting their taste and abilities. Every day skiers and snowboarders can take part in the competitions on the new piste on Shiligarnika. The Pirin mountains also offer some of the finest paragliding in Europe in both summer and winter.

Off piste and Heli-skiing
If you're looking for fresh untouched powder, then the limitless off piste opportunities will satisfy even the most demanding skiers and snowboarders. For the adventurous, you can take a helicopter away from the resort and deep into the Pirin mountain range and take on some of the backcountry slopes.

Ski-doo safari with a local guide through the woods in Bansko, or ski cross-country along tracks with additional shooting ranges. In Bansko itself, 5-10 mins walk from the apartment is a ice skating rink for evening enjoyment.

Useful websites: (open a new window)
Bansko webcam
Weather forecast

View the Piste map (new window).


Resort Facts

Highest ski point: 2580m
Height of resort: 936m
Marked runs: 30km
Longest run: 7km
Cross country tracks: 5km
Total length of ski runs: 65 km
Slalom and Giant slalom runs are available
Direction of slopes: North

Beginners: 35%; Intermediate: 40%; Expert: 25%
Percentage of pistes with snow cannons: 80%
8-seater Gondola cable car; four seat: 5; three seat: 1; two seat: 1; Drag: 7; Baby drag: 10; Total Lifts: 13

New gondola lift and modern equipment
Huge monitors showing pictures from the different pistes is based at the Gondola, with information on the wind and temperature conditions before climbing up on the slope.

24-hour emergency services are readily available, although always make sure your holiday insurance covers private medical care, extreme sports and helicopter transport. The private medical centres in Sofia and Plovdiv are excellent and reasonably cheap.