Winter is when the town becomes fully alive. It is one of Bulgaria’s new generation, rapidly expanding ski resorts boasting some 75 km of runs. Over the last few years the resort has been rejuvenated with the installation of state of the art lifts and piste maintenance equipment. Snow cover is maintained by the use of snow cannon and the seven kilometre home run from the top of the gondola is floodlit. This run is gentle but attractive, a great finish to a day or a pleasing and enjoyable achievement for a beginner. Our 3.5 year old granddaughter amazed us with learning the basics of skiing in one week and at the end of it skiing all the way back to the apartment exit on a leading rein.
With the highest ski altitude at 2600 m and the bottom of the gondola being at 990 m, Bansko's longest run is a massive 16 km. Cross-country trails, a snow-board fun park and an ice rink add to the fun. For the adventurous skier there are many off-piste possibilities. Children are catered for with a nursery area served by a carpet lift, hand drags and one of the most gentle button drag lifts I have ever experienced. For more details visit the Bansko ski area site www.banskoski.com.
Our apartment block is approximately 200 m across from the home run (Ski Road). This enables easy access to the run down to the gondola in the morning and allows a relaxed return walk over almost level ground at the end of a day’s skiing. Ski storage is available at the hotel.
The gondola station is one kilometre by road downhill from Mountain Dream.
The resort is served by several ski schools, some of which have British instructors. As a rule of thumb the cheaper the ski-school price the more likely that the classes will be larger at peak times. Try the Method Snow School which is a British Snow School based in Bansko.
Ski equipment can be rented at various locations. We found the ski shop just round the corner from the gondola in Pirin Street to be very helpful, reasonably priced and efficient.
There are a number of places to eat and drink on the mountain.