Bansko Apartment / Skiing Information

Bansko Apartment - Skiing Information

Bansko is Bulgaria's No.1 ski resort – by far the most modern ski centre of all Bulgarian ski resorts. In recent years the ski centre has had millions of Euros spent in upgrading its facilities. The investment was made by a company called Ulen, which now runs and manages the skiing in this resort. The Bansko Gondola station immediately gives you the impression of a first class ski resort. Pirin Place apartments are just across the road. Bansko has a long ski season which can begin mid December and run through to early May. Currently Bansko is investing in all aspects to create a perfect environment for skiers to have great holiday. A brand new resort area with super luxury hotels and holiday apartments is being developed just opposite the Gondola, which also makes Bansko the choice when considering Bulgaria for a winter holiday.

The town of Bansko is located 925 m. above sea level. The Pirin mountain has a predominantly Alpine character and highest peak in the area is Vihren 2914 m. which you will see as you step our of the apartment to walk to the Gondola across the road. The ski pistes are located in two main ski centres and are approximately 10 kilometers above the town on the northern slopes of Pirin at around 2000m. The total length of the marked pistes is 65 kilometers. Although the resort has only really been known for around 10 years it is fast becoming a popular alternative to some of the more famous European ski resorts. With 44 Techno-Alpine snow cannons and 12 state of the art Kassbohrer slope maintenance vehicles the ski season is guaranteed to last longer. The Banskoslopes and tracks suit both beginners and experts and are perfect for family ski holidays.

Snowboard freaks can enjoy the Balkans fun park where people from all over the world are led by the passion of this newer extreme sport. They 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 lifts near the Pirin Place apartment in Bansko takes care for the maximum comfort of the skier and snowboarders with the exclusive new 8-seat Gondola cable car taking you for a 20 min ride to the main skiing pistes of Bansko. The total length of the wire equipment in the resort is 26 kilometers. All ski equipment can be used by special chip cards purchased at the Gondola station or ski rental shops.


N name difficulty lift
Bansko Light
Banderiza Light
Plato 1 Light
Balkaniada Middle
Shiligarnik 1 Light
Todorka Middle
Stara pista Middle
Ulen Middle
Tomba Difficult
Shiligarnik 2 Light
Plato 2 Middle
Strazhite Middle
Chalin Valog 1 Middle
Chalin Valog 2 Middle

Ski Center

Total length of marked ski runs, including ski roads: 65 km
Altitude of highest ski run: 2600 m; Altitude of lowest ski run: 990 m
Total capacity: 10 000 person/day



Bansko is a resort which is developing at a pretty fast pace. The Resort Manager, Ulen provides
new opportunities for the skiers, for the snowboarders, biathlon and cross country skiing. There are two very new pistes and for extreme skiers there is the fun park zone. One of the pistes
connects Platoto with the Jelezen area and the other is from Kolarski to Banderishka Polyana. There is also a new 7 kilometers long (floodlit) ski road between Banderishka Polyana and the town. This means you can leisurely ski all the way from the upper Gondola station all the way back to the town to only a few metres from the Pirin Place apartment! Dropping in to Happy End for a hot wine of course.

Some of the pistes offer wonderful conditions for night skiing, which is available for everyone from 18.30 until 21.30. Also, the half -pipe located near Bansko’s famous snow towers offers both skiers and snowboarders an arena to boast their latest tricks.

Without a doubt Bansko can offer fantastic skiing and boarding for all levels making this a premier family resort at a fraction of the cost of Europes more well known ski resorts.


A new 8 seat Gondola ski lift started working during 2006 and is over 7 kilometers long
and connects the town with Banderishka meadow. Get the incredible feeling of flowing
over the snow slopes of Pirin Mountains towards the peak. The resort has 26 kilometers
ski- lifts with staff ready to assist skiers at all times. Your ski lift pass is also state of the art
and is placed on the left side of your ski jacket and activates the gate without contact.
There are also new four seater lifts from Banderishki to Kolarski road and from Zelezniq
Bridge to Platoto. A Drag lift serves the right part of “Tomba” slope for beginners.


There is a ski kindergarten for kids from 4 to 7 years old with new drags and a ski run. The
resort offers a Junior Club ski kindergarten with 3 baby drags, a Wonder Carpets baby
track, and a winter/ summer rotunda type Kinder Carousel.
The total number of baby drags is 10, each are around 100m in length.


The unique combination of a well developed mountain resort and the historical town of
Bansko turns it into a super, quite enchanting place for entertainment. Virtually every
house has its own story to tell, which indeed can turn your vacation into a journey in to the
Bulgarian traditions. The traditional Bansko taverns (called "Mehana"), with their
exceptional charm and style offer local atmosphere by their cuisine and good selection of
Bulgarian wines. Most of the local "Mehanas" even offer live folk music. Discos and night
clubs go on to the early hours for those who have the energy after riding the slopes all day.
Probably the best Apres Ski venue is the HAPPY END which is conveniently next to
the Gondola and a very short, staggering distance from the Pirin Place apartment!
Enjoy hot toddies or a great meal and then later (if you have the staying power)
dance the night away or listen to great music from the live band.


The Emergency SKI PAtrOL service is available 24 hours a day. Ambulance and clinic
(with doctor and nurse) are also available, as well as first aid. Fully equipped and
functioning hospitals are available in Bansko and the nearby towns. Highly qualified
dentists are available at the resort too.

Pharmacies are also available at the resort.

Remember to arrange holiday Insurance before your trip!

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