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Ski Season in Bansko, Bulgaria

With the "indian summer" we are experiencing in Bulgaria, not many of us are thinking about winter yet but ski-lovers will be counting the days to the start of the new season. Most are familiar with the old choices of France and Austria but with purse strings ever tighter, Bulgaria can be a fantastic option for those on a budget. There are many small resorts but the most popular remain Bansko, Borovets and Pamporovo. Non-skiers are well catered for with off-slope options: spa treatments, indoor swimming pools, beauty centres and more. Bansko is suitable for families as there are children's facilities so that they are kept amused.


This year, whilst snow is of course the pre-requisite, many holiday makers are having to trade down and are looking for budget and value-for-money winter hols. Whether you decide to go on a package or opt for do it yourself, there is a host of holiday choices on offer. As Mark Thomas, from Jam Advice, recently said "All inclusive has become very popular because there are no hidden extras to fork out". Although, it also has to be said that you can make savings if you book flights and self catering accommodation for yourself.

Bansko

Considered to be Bulgaria's main top ski resort, the town has received massive investment, offering modern ski facilities. With the best snow and longest season, it is located about 155 km south of the capital, Sofia, in the Pirin Mountains. There are more than 70 km of ski runs, plenty of ski schools and extreme winter sports on offer. This is a real combination of a modern winter resort and a living town at a fraction of the price of France or Switzerland.

Whilst during the previous years, the mad property growth has seen properties appear all around the old town, Bansko still retains much authentic charm of "old traditional spirit of Bulgaria" and the centre is a listed World Heritage Site. Even the new builds blend in being covered in natural materials of the area. This is also a popular resort with the Sofians, who get out of the city at the weekend, although most Sofians seems to prefer Pamporovo, probably because of its proximity to the capital.

In the main, the most popular times of year - Christmas, New Year, Half Term, etc - will see queues at the gondola and lifts. On weekdays the lifts accommodate traffic easily. Apres ski centres around the local taverns (mehanas) which serve traditional Bulgarian food and drinks, usually coming with local live entertainment.

Beginners will find much to delight here and if you are a first-timer the ULEN ski school has some of the country's best instructors. For intermediates there is a good network of blue and red runs, so an excellent choice if you want to improve your skills. The chair lifts acccess the runds and there are plenty of bars and restaurants to sit and recuperate or simply unwind. If you are an advanced skier, then the off piste skiing will appeal. Fans of the extreme will find the Bansko snow towers an attraction.

Night skiing is an added bonus, in the company of experienced teachers. This is open every Saturday evening and takes place on a 7km floodlit ski run.

Top choices

Self catering
Alex 2 Apartments : From only £100pw in ski season, near the Gondola. Spacious and bright fourth floor apartment only a few minutes from the lift, bars and restaurants. Fully heating, two double bedrooms, a lounge/dining area with flat screen TV for DVDS, and kitchen with all main facilities provided. 

In addition there is an exceptionally large balcony with panoramic views of the Pirin mountain range, accessible from the lounge and one of the bedrooms. The apartment also contains a double sofa bed in the lounge, therefore sleeping 6. All bedding and standard kitchen utensils are provided. 

The apartment is being offered at excellent competitive rates.

Apartment in Orbilux : Fabulous ski location, top floor views of Pirin mountain. 2 bedroom, 2 balcony duplex apartment which is set out on the 4th and 5th floors of this superb 4 star development. Numerous leisure facilities including large indoor swimming pool, spa centre and gym. 

This 87 sqm apartment can comfortably sleep 5/6 people in the two bedrooms and on the large sofa bed in the living room. 

The kitchen, living room, one bedroom and bathroom are all on the 4th (lower) floor and a further large bedroom is on the 5th (top) floor. 

Fully equipped kitchen with oven, hob, extractor, fridge / freezer, washing machine, all utensils, crockery, cutlery and glasses as well as plenty of cupboard space and work surface. 

The bathroom is fully tiled, has a glass shower cubicle, toilet, sink, mirror and hair dryer.

Apartment in Belvedere Holiday Club : Luxury 1 Bedroom apartment very close to the Gondola. Belvedere Holiday Club is an exclusive, gated complex of luxurious apartments offering a fabulous range of superb leisure facilities for your total holiday pleasure. The apartment is ideally situated just 5 mins walk to the Gondola and the same to the town. 
Complex facilities include: restaurant, shops and retail outlets, indoor swimming pool, outdoor swimming pools, pool-bar, spa and sports centre,gymnasium, sauna, jacuzzi, bar. Also 24 hour Reception, 24 hour Security, Secure Ski Storage, Shuttle transport to Gondola Bansko town and local Golf Courses, WiFi in room and Complex.

All apartments through rentinbansko.co.uk

 

 

Package holiday
With Balkan Holidays. Why not spend Christmas in Bansko at a lovely hotel and pamper yourself.
Departing 19 December for 7 nights,  2 adults Ex LGW, staying at the Hotel Mura 3 Star. Bed and Breakfast  £408 per person
Learn To Ski Pack   £133
Full Ski Pack           £145
Located in the vicinity of the popular Bansko hotel, approximately a 15 minute walk to the bottom station of the gondola lift, the Mura is within an easy reach of the town centre, shopping and nightlife. The friendly restaurant and cozy lobby bar area combined with the beautifully furnished rooms, will delight you.
2 for 1 lift pass for bookings before 1st Nov 2009.
FACILITIES: Restaurant • Lobby bar • Massage • Sauna • Steam bath • Jacuzzi • Relaxation room • Ski storage room
COMPLIMENTARY: Free use of jacuzzi, steam bath, sauna and relaxation room, shuttle bus to the Gondola lift, all other facilities and services may be subject to a local charge.

Available with balkanholidays.co.uk