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this charming, historic village nestled between the Pirin, Rila and Rhodope mountains is a year-round destination that offers a slice of village life plus good skiing, hiking and restaurants

The BANSKO ski resort is situated in Southwestern Bulgaria, at the foothills of one of the most beautiful Bulgarian mountains- Pirin, which is a national preserve, included in the WORD NATURAL HERITAGE list. The distance from Sofia to Bansko is 160km.

Bansko is certainly one of the jewels in Bulgaria's tourism crown. The skiing conditions in Bansko are excellent. The Pirin mountain has a predominantly Alpine character with three peaks towering above 2900m. However, the slopes offer runs and tracks for all types of skiers, from the novice to the expert.

Surrounded by the Pirin, Rila and Rhodopa mountains, Bansko is a climatic mountain resort with a short summer and long winter. The average temperature during January, the coldest month, is minus 1,9o C. Snow falls are abundant, providing a constant winter snow cover up to 2 m thick. The skiing season along the Pirin slopes starts in the middle of December and ends in mid-April. VARIED SKIING: The resort offers good opportunities for all types of skier - from the novice to the expert, while the ski runs are maintained in an excellent condition.

The Bansko ski school is a very good one. Skiing classes come in 5 difficult levels, from A to E - in groups or individually - of varying duration. The tuition in cross-country skiing is in 2 classes of difficulty. All course graduates receive skiing-certificates.

The two major ski regions of Bansko - the lower called Chalin Valog (1100 - 1600m) and the higher called Shiligarnika (1700-2500m) - are situated above the town, on the northern slopes of the Pirin Mountain. Slalom and giant slalom runs are available in the Shiligarnika region. The third ski region is Banderiska Polyana. Bus transport to the ski runs is provided.

The most suitable nursery slopes are around the Motikata Restaurant, a short distance from the town of Bansko. Nursery slopes are available in the region of Chalin Valog, and in the region of Shiligarnika.. Bansko offer a cross-country track with a total length of 5 km at a height of 1530m above sea level at the Banderishka Polyana slope. A 3km ski-run Rollbahn track is situated 2km from the town at 1050m above sea level.



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