Welcome to Bansko
If you have ever visited this world resort once, you will come back because Bansko offers indeed the best and your pleasure is guaranteed.
Bansko can be quite diverse and cater for the satisfaction of every taste – from the super modernity buffs to the admirers of the authentic. The town has preserved its olden style of the cobbled streets and houses more than 100 years old. It is they that give Bansko its inimitable charm. The houses look like monasteries with their high stonewalls and small shuttered windows. The real Bulgarian spirit is hidden behind fortified walls and heavy gates in spacious rooms with wood-carved ceilings and doors, hand-woven carpets and embroidered cushions, in the murals, icons and the fine iconostasis of the Saint Trinity church.
The unique atmosphere of the town at the foot of the Pirin mountain is enriched by the characteristic sonority of Bansko male singing, the local sense of humour, the mature red wine and the delicious dishes of traditional Bansko cuisine. The strange feel of the air is one of the most impressive experiences in Bansko – something like smoke or smouldering pine. The magic feeling of something cozy and snug. In the numerous local taverns with the exotic name “mehana” you can sit comfortably, smile, feel the warmth of the open fire and enjoy the soft flavour and the delicious taste of the local sausage called “Old man”.
See, Hear, Taste Bansko
Today the ski area above Bansko has over 70 kilometres of ski runs. They are kept in perfect condition by 14 maintenance vehicles and the state-of the art snow system guarantees easy skiing for six months – from December to May.
The rental ski service is offering over 3000 ski pairs and over 1000 snowboards of the latest collection of Atomic and Salomon, and the staff is trained to fit you in accordance with your skills.
A modern lift Doppelmayr Gondola ropeway takes you to the 17 well groomed ski runs of the resort – right in the heart of Pirin Mountain – in minutes. That is where the true winter-tale begins. By the 14 super fast lifts with a total length of 26 kilometres you could reach any of the ski runs and there ski at will. Access is controlled by chip cards Ski Data.
No doubt that the “Tomba” run is the most attractive, but also the most difficult in the area. Its qualities were assesses by the godfather Alberto Tomba and the other stars – Franz Klammer, Rosi Mittermaier, Marc Girardelli, Hristo Stoychkov and the best Bulgarian skier Petar Popangelov. The excellent characteristics of “Tomba” run made it host a round of Europa Cup from FIS Calendar, all national ski and snowboard championships and also of the starts for the Balkan Cup. In 2007 Bansko hosted a lady’s GS race in alpine skiing from the calendar of Europa Cup Alpine Ski, which passed in perfect organisation. In 2008 Bansko will host the races in the most attractive discipline from the alpine skiing – two men downhill races from the calendar of FIS Europa Cup.
Because the conditions for biathlon are also superb the resort hosted European Biathlon Championship Bansko 2007.
All other runs are open to the pleasures of all skiers – from absolute beginners to professionals. All the runs are secured with safety nets by the safety expert Kurt Koch with his experience of over 500 competitions for the World Cup in alpine skiing. So be sure – even uncertain in your skills, you won’t get hurt. A host of ski-policemen are taking care of the safety of the skiers in the area, too. They do not allow dangerous skiing on the runs and watch over your equipment while you are having a snack in some of the first class mountain restaurants.
One of the most picturesque and beautiful runs in the resort is “The Plateau”.
Right by its side is the Fun Park for the snowboard fans. More by international standards it offers all the extras. This is the reason some starts of the European Snowboarding Cup have already taken place there.
For the para-skiers Bansko offers one hundred percent adrenaline experience. The start is just below Todorka Peak and the final can be right beside the first houses of the resort village.
All runs of the ski resort are in perfect condition because they are groomed by Kassbohrer maintenance vehicles round the clock. The real rolling of the runs begins a couple of hours after the midnight so that the skiers can enjoy the runs as early in the morning as possible.
In this ski paradise the extreme ski fans are not forgotten. For the past three years the resort hosted one of the most exciting competitions for off-run skiing, gathering the elite of the Old Continent. The virgin slopes of Pirin Mountain are favourite to skiers from all over the world. Several meters deep snow allows the experience of the full thrill of skiing out of the marked ski runs.
Another extra you might doubt you’ll see here because Bansko is far from the Alps, is the Heliski. Top notch ski instructors and professional pilots will fly you by state of- the-art helicopter to mountain slopes where no other skier has ever set foot.
The ski training of all visitors to the resort, starting with the toddlers, is taken care by 130 professional ski instructors. Be sure that even if you are a complete novice, by the end of your vacation you’ll enjoy going down the “Tomba” run sliding along the 16-kilometers of brilliantly lit-up-ski-road to Bansko.
The undisputed pearl of Bansko is the 5-star Kempinski Hotel Grand Arena which opened two years ago. It is situated opposite the base station of the Gondola cable lift and stand just ten minutes walk to the centre of the town. The hotel offers 150 rooms, 15 suites and 330 beds, a spa-centre deluxe, fitness gym, sauna, solarium, massage parlour, Turkish bath, Ayurveda massage, beauty salon as well as open air, one indoor and a kids swimming pool. There is also a 120-seat conference facility in the hotel.
The best place to recuperate after skiing and fully relax is the top-rated bar and restaurant ”Happy End”. You can eat delicious dishes at will, taste the excellent red wine and …storm the dancing floor. ”Happy End” is the joint to meet some of the local and foreign celebrities and pop personalities of the day. Of the world famous performers the “Weather Girls” should be mentioned. Every week the restaurant invites a different Bulgarian pop group or rock band, which is a guarantee for having a really good time.
Those who prefer to eat in the genuine atmosphere of a typical Bansko tavern, you have a choice of more than one hundred. The specialities of the local cuisine are on offer under the accompaniment of musicians performing the regional type of songs and reel dances. If you want to have a really unforgettable winter holiday, to learn to ski and tell your friends of your unforgettable experience on the white runs at the night parties, then Bansko is your destination.