Excitement Awaits at Bansko Ski Resort

May 26, 2008 by  
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Located on the northern slopes of the majestic Pirin Mountain, about 10 kilometers from the picturesque town of Bansko, the Bansko Ski Resort is considered to be one of the best snow skiing destinations in Bulgaria. Due to the ideal geographical location and the excellent snow-making capability of the Bansko Ski Resort, snow skiing and snowboarding enthusiasts are assured of excellent snow coverage from December through to May each year. Bansko Ski Resort is fairly new on the snow skiing map, but is rapidly becoming the destination of choice for skiers from far and wide.

The two main ski centers of Bansko Ski Resort are Chalin Valog (between 1,100 and 1,600 meters), and Shiligarnika (between 1,700 and 2,500 meters). The ski centers are affordable and easily accessible, with a comprehensive lift system ensuring minimum waiting time in queues. The 25 minute gondola ride starting in the town of Bansko, is an adventure in itself, with awe-inspiring views of the surrounding mountains and valleys. There are 65 kilometers of marked pistes for skiers and boarders to enjoy, and plenty of off piste action to challenge the more adventurous at heart. Beginners of all ages can rest assured that with some expert tuition from highly trained ski instructors, they will soon will be enjoying the exhilarating sport of snow skiing.

Skiers who are looking for an added adrenaline rush can try extreme skiing and heli-skiing, or the ultimate thrill of James Bond-style paragliding down onto the pistes. Night-skiing at Bansko Ski Resort is another exciting option that skiers can take advantage of.

Snowboarding options include on piste, off piste and a well-designed fun park, with jumps, half pipes and more, to accommodate all levels of experience, as well as some challenges for the seasoned snowboarder. Additionally, slalom, giant slalom and cross-country tracks are available for snowboarders to explore. Other snow-related activities at Bansko Ski Resort include ice-skating and tobogganing.

The town of Bansko is a blend of old traditions with contemporary style, with plenty of shopping opportunities and accommodation to suit all budgets. The town center, with its clock tower that has not skipped a beat for over 150 years, is listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. After a hectic day on the slopes, visitors to Bansko can relax and enjoy traditional Bulgarian food, drink and warm hospitality at one of the many local restaurants.

Skiers who have discovered the pleasure of visiting Bulgaria’s Bansko Ski Resort agree that it has everything to offer for a memorable snow skiing holiday.