- Skiing in Bulgaria.
Went a long time ago but seem to remember there was only one way down the mountain. Check the piste map before you book!
It was different but the locals were awfully nice and welcoming. Good food too. Accommodation had not seen a Health and Safety Inspector either!Posted 8 years ago
Week in Bansko last yearPosted 8 years ago
Was spot on
loads of snow (its higher than Borovets etc – which have suffered last few years)
Fast lifts, not too many queues pistes where good & well groomed, fair bit of off piste too
Ideal for beginners and intermediates, advanced may get a bit bored but there is a snowboard park also (and Heliskiing etc)
Hotels are prob more basic than other places – we stayed in a 5* (Katarino Spa) would say more like a good 3* / average 4*
Food okay but not great but we eat in hotel all the time as it was a bus ride out of town
Definately offers value for money
Oh and medical service was spot on, my wife broke her wrist on 3rd day, when we got back to UK our hospital said it was one of the best settings they had seen from a ski resort hospital
I would go back again definately
Good bar oposite the bottom gondola station, the band in there – snowdogs are pretty goodjimbobrightonMember
I used to look after Bulgaria product for Neilson holidays. Been to all the Bulgarian resorts.
depends what you want really. Bansko is definately the pick of the bunch. as the resort is only 7 or 8 years old, all the lifts are modern and fast. ski area not huge but enough to keep you interested for a week as long as you're not some sort of mile muncher.
PLace is still a building site and will be for a while yet.
accom is pretty good, though the service levels in Bulgaria are generally lower than elsewhere (they are not intentionally surly or rude, but they don't really do smiling!)
Borovets is on the whole a bit older, massive hotels (1000+ rooms!). used to be a problem with hookers in the lobbys but not now. Ski area a bit more technical. and snow not as good as Bansko.
I woulndn't bother with pamporovo.
p.s. the snow can be excellent in Bulgaria, but it's a bit more of a gamble. I'd wait for a late deal and see what comesup.
pps – pre buy all your lift tickets/kit/lessons before you go. they will be at least double the price in resort. Despite repeated advice, customers turned up every week and got shafted, and there was nothing we could do to help.
enjoy!Posted 8 years ago
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