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Bansko Ski Resort Guide

Bansko, Bulgaria

Rated: 3/5 (from 6 ratings)

Ski Area Highlights
Recommended ForIntermediates, Beginners, Snowboarders, Snowfall and Apres-Ski!
Total Piste Length40 miles
Highest Lift8,399ft
Resort Height3,051ft
 Nearest AirportsSofia and Plovdiv
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Bansko has been developed from a traditional Bulgarian village, with huge investment in modern lifts and hotels that brought the resort rapidly to international prominence. It is located in the Pirin mountains and National Park, a world heritage site.


The ski area of Bansko is at an altitude of 3,051ft, with 40 miles of marked runs.

Bansko is one of the larger Ski Resorts in Bulgaria and has direct access to 40 miles of downhill skiing, with 14 marked pistes, served by a total of 13 ski lifts.

With ski lifts as high as 8,399ft, skiing and snowboarding is assured throughout the season.


Bansko offers good sking, particularly, for Intermediate and Beginner skiers.


Bansko offers some good boarding and there are a variety of Snow and Terrain Parks in Bansko.

Notable Ski Runs

The longest possible descent in Bansko is 10 miles long and the most difficult run is the 'Alberto Tomba'.

Snow and Weather

When will it snow in Bansko?

There is currently no significant snow in the 7-day forecast for Bansko.

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Ski Area Stats

Bansko Ski Area

Piste and Lift Stats
Black Pistes
Expert Trails
Red Pistes
Intermediate Runs
Blue Pistes
Easy Trails
 8 17 miles
Total Length
40 miles
Cross Country
Total Length
6 miles
Ski Lifts
Number of Lifts

Altitudes & Slopes

Bansko Ski Area Heights

Lift Heights and Resort Altitude
Highest Lift8,399ft
Lowest Trail5,577ft
Resort Altitude (Bansko)3,051ft
Max Vertical5,348ft

Ski Slope Aspects


Bansko has ski slopes facing north (good for keeping the snow).

Ratings & Suitability

Ratings for Bansko
Expert Skiers
Intermediate Skiers

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Location and Map

Where is Bansko?

This ski resort is in Blagoevgrad, Bulgaria.


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How to get there

 By Air

The nearest airport to Bansko is Sofia, 104 minutes drive away.

Plovdiv airport is also within three hours drive.


Ski Lift Capacity

The 13 ski lifts are able to uplift 23,100 skiers and snowboarders every hour.

Snow Making

Snow-making is available, on 28 miles of ski runs, with 161 snow cannons.

Season Dates

When is Bansko open?

We don't currently have confirmed season dates, but hope to soon.


Usual opening is early December, and usual closing is Mid April.

NOTE:- Ski area, lift and piste opening is subject to Current Snow Conditions.

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