Nowadays, Bansko in Bulgaria is one of the Best European ski resorts for beginners. That’s why it’s one of the preferred ski resorts for beginners who want to to learn to ski. There’s no surprise why. As a first-time skier, you’ll certainly look for the best value for money. Bansko in Bulgaria offers everything you need so that to have an amazing ski holiday for beginners:
- Professional ski instructors, fluent in English, French, German, Greek, Polish, Russian and Spanish;
- One of the cheapest ski lessons in Europe;
- Great variety of slopes, especially for beginner skiers;
- Magical sounds of the picturesque Pirin Mountain;
- Ski hire equipment at a fair price;
- Modern snowboard and ski centre with high-end facilities;
- Fantastic opportunity to get social and make new friends;
- Spa facilities, where to relax after your skiing day;
- Rich variety of accommodations;
- One of the best après-ski and nightlife in Eastern Europe;
- The ancient town of Bansko and sightseeing attractions;
- Delicious food, a great variety of wine and traditional restaurants;
- Mineral hot-springs in half an hour;
- Better price of what you usually would pay in the Alps.
All that makes Bansko the best place to ski for beginners. Start your winter journey and enjoy a lifetime ski holiday for beginners.
Table of Contents
- 1 First-time Skier Ski Area in Bansko in Bulgaria
- 2 One of the most popular ski resorts for first-time skiers in Europe
- 3 Best European ski resorts for beginners
- 4 When is the best time to learn to ski in Bansko in Bulgaria?
- 5 Weather snow history in Bansko in Bulgaria
- 6 What to wear for my ski holiday in Bansko?
- 7 Bansko Lift Pass
- 8 Ski lessons and equipment in the top beginner ski resort
- 9 Restaurants, food and drinks in Bansko in Bulgaria
- 10 Après-ski and nightlife
- 11 Average costs in Bansko ski resort
- 12 A town of rich history, traditions and magical atmosphere
- 13 What to do besides skiing or snowboarding?
- 14 How can you get to Bansko in Bulgaria?
- 15 Where to stay
- 16 Is it worth trying to learn how to ski or snowboard in Bansko ski resort?
First-time Skier Ski Area in Bansko in Bulgaria
If you are a first-time skier or boarder, you will be able to enjoy a great selection of slopes Bansko, the beginner ski resort. It has over 70 kilometres of marked slopes, which are easily accessed by a fantastic network of lifts. At the end of the day, it is up to you to decide whether to return on the Gondola or ski/board down the ski road, which marks Bansko in Bulgaria as one of the few resorts in the world to offer this option and definitely the best place to ski for beginner skiers.
The beginner ski resort offers a unique 16 km uninterrupted run starting from Todorka Peak, the highest point in Bansko in Bulgaria, with numerous slopes all the way down to the base station of the Gondola lift. All the slopes are equipped with artificial snow machines to ensure a great skiing/boarding experience even in warmer conditions. The last 7 km of the slopes are floodlit and the entire facility is equipped with artificial snow machines to ensure a great skiing experience even in warmer conditions.
Bansko ski map: get a head start, plan your skiing before you go
One of the most popular ski resorts for first-time skiers in Europe
Undoubtedly, Bansko in Bulgaria is preferred ski resorts for beginner skiers for many British, Israeli, Russian, Turkish, Greek and Romanian travellers according to recent data from the Ministry of Tourism. It’s increasingly becoming popular for Dutch and Americans as well.
Furthermore, it’s a very famous destination in Eastern Europe and considered one of the best European ski resorts for beginners. No matter if you are travelling with your family, friends or if you are a solo traveller, you will find the perfect conditions for your first-time skier holiday.
Best European ski resorts for beginners
Bansko in Bulgaria is the most modern Bulgarian ski resort, as it’s preferred detestation for many beginner skiers. It offers a great variety of slopes, high quality of services and all that at best value for money. During the day you can learn how to ski, hit the slopes, enjoy the picturesque vibes of the mountain, ski your heart out above the centuries-old town of Bansko and party hard at night! All that makes the town the best place to ski for beginners in Eastern Europe. Therefore, if you are a first-time skier, you should consider Bansko in Bulgaria for your winter holiday. Not only that, but the beginner ski resort is home to some top international winter sports events. During the last years, it was hosting a lot of FIS World Cup events.
When is the best time to learn to ski in Bansko in Bulgaria?
The skiing season in one of the best European ski resorts for beginners starts in December and officially ends on the 15th of April. We offer ski holiday for beginners in January, February and March, as the best time to learn to ski depends on your budget. If you are a first-time skier, the cheapest period to learn to ski in March and April. There are no queues. Furthermore, the accommodation is significantly more affordable in the best place to ski for beginners. The peak weeks are during the New Year, until 11th of January and in February. During this period everything is the most expensive due to the high demand.
A great period to learn to ski in January (after 11th Jan) as well, but the prices are higher than the ones in March and April. Our team do recommend to plan your ski holiday for beginners in mid-January or March. You may avoid the 3rd of March when the Bulgarians celebrate their national holiday and people go skiing or snowboarding.
Weather snow history in Bansko in Bulgaria
The weather in one of the best European ski resorts for beginners in December is not so suitable to learn to ski or snowboard with an average of daily temperatures around 0°C. The snow cover on the slopes is about 9 cm (monthly average). The weather in January is ideal for skiing and snowboarding. It is cold and crisp, with lots of sunshine and fresh snowfall. With an average daytime temperature of -4°C/-6°C. The average night-time level is a chilly -5°C/-7°C. However, you won’t feel cold while you are skiing. Your body temperature will naturally warm you up. The snow cover in January is about 20 cm.
The average daily temperatures in February are about -2°C/-4°C. The snow cover on the slopes is approximately 18 cm.
The average daily temperatures in March are about -1°C with average snow cover 24 cm.
The average daily temperatures in April are about 1°C/3°C, with average snow cover 11 cm. The months of Feb and March have the snowiest days.
Wear proper skiing and winter clothes and you’ll stay warm for the duration of your stay. Check our recommendations on what to wear.
Bansko snow history summary by month
|Snowfall (per week)*||Snowy days (per week)*|
|Snow in December||9 cm||2.2 days|
|Snow in January||20 cm||3.2 days|
|Snow in February||19 cm||3.4 days|
|Snow in March||24 cm||3.6 days|
|Snow in April||10 cm||2.0 days|
What to wear for my ski holiday in Bansko?
Since you are a first-time skier, you don’t want expensive and non-returnable clothes, especially in case if you decide that skiing isn’t for you.
Jacket for beginner skiers
You can ask your family or friends if you can borrow their jackets. If you want to buy one, aim for water resistance of 5,000 mm or more. The material of the jackets needs to let sweat and perspiration escape from the inside and again, stop water getting in from the outside.
First-time Skier Pants
It is important to wear waterproof pants, as you should aim for something higher than 11,000mm.
Beginner ski goggles
You can either use your sunglasses or buy a pair of goggles. It is important to wear any of them, as you will need them when the sun comes out or on a snowy day, they will keep the snowflakes away from your sensitive skin.
Helmets and hats
As the first-time skier, you must wear a helmet while you are on the slopes, as accidents do happen. You should either purchase it as part of your skiing package or bring your own.
Your gloves should be waterproof, warm, breathable and to fir your properly.
It’s recommended to were different boots for the après-ski ski, than the one you walk in your town. A good pair of winter hiking boots are perfectly fine.
Ski lifts altitude of the trails: from 990 to 2,600 m
Ski runs: 75 km
Longest train: 16 km
Lifts: 15/ 13.2 km
Drags: 2.5 km
Number of snow machines 235
Gondola in the beginner ski resort
One of the best European ski resorts for beginners will offer you a modern eight-seater gondola up to the ski area then fast chairlifts. However, there is still some queue for the gondola, especially in February when there are many public holidays in Europe. Consequently, if you are a first-time skier planning to travel to Bansko in Bulgaria for your ski holiday for beginners in February, we would advise you to be patient and have proper organisation. Go on the line before the gondola opens to avoid the queue. Good time to be there is approximately around 07:30 AM. However, the lift queue will diminish at lunchtime, we’d rather ask you to be patient and follow the rules. Alternatively, we would offer a VIP Gondola Pass. There are fewer people on its line and you can purchase it to lower the waiting time.
Bansko Lift Pass
The price of Bansko Lift Pass 2019/20 is expected to rise approximately 15% from last year. Even the increased price of Bansko lift pass, your ski holiday in the beginner ski resort will be still at great value for money. Тhe price of the accommodation, food, ski lessons and equipment are still a few times less of what you will usually pay, as the quality is pretty good. You can purchase your Bansko lift pass and spend your time to enjoy your ski holiday for beginners. Alternatively, you can go and purchase your Bansko Lift Pass at the hotel reception of Regnum, Lucky Bansko, Pirin River, MPM Hotel Guinness, MPM Hotel Sport, Belvedere, Hot Springs Hotel (Banya Village), Orbelux, Zara or at the cash desks in the ski area in Bansko, Maxsport stores.
You will be requested to leave a deposit of 5 BGN which you can get back from the toll chine nearby the Gondola.
Ski lessons and equipment in the top beginner ski resort
Our official Partner for ski lessons and equipment hire in one of the best European ski resorts for beginners is SankiySki School. It’s the best Ski School in Bansko in Bulgaria as per TripAdvisor. Expect a warm welcome and professional services. If you would like to book your ski lessons in one of the best ski resorts for beginners in Eastern Europe or get ski equipment at a special price, you can review our ski packages or directly reach out to us.
The ski instructors are fluent in English, as the ski lessons are offered in other languages as well. On the top of the Gondola at Bunderishka Polyana, you will meet your ski instructor to have your training. Plan your time accordingly so that to be on time for your ski lessons in Bansko in Bulgaria.
Restaurants, food and drinks in Bansko in Bulgaria
The Bulgarian cuisine and wine are quite tasty as per the feedback of our customers. Everyone keen on healthy eating will definitely appreciate the organic, seasonal food offered in the best place to ski for beginners in Eastern Europe. You can expect for breakfast banitsa with Bulgarian cheese, cooked bread with jams or honey and tea made from locally picked herbs. Furthermore, some of the traditional meals will include salads, soups in bread bowls, pots of slow-cooked meat, barbecue skewers and meatballs.
Don’t miss to taste the local speciality Banska kapama, yoghurt dips and winter desserts. You can enjoy all these in the traditional local restaurants named mehana. Last but not least you should taste homemade rakia, wine and Bulgarian beer.
Après-ski and nightlife
Experience a magical occasion in Bansko in Bulgaria with some of the best après-ski in Europe. Furthermore, the beginner ski resort is well known for its social and nightlife. Meet new people and enjoy the buzzing nightlife of Bansko in Bulgaria after a day on the mountain. The best beginner ski resort is thriving with bars, restaurants and excellent dance clubs. You may expect house music, bright lights, cheap drinks and dishes, people from all over and a good time all at once.
There are a few quieter places to go out If you’re not up for partying. There are many cosy and relaxed bars. Also, you can enjoy live music in the mehanas and dance horo with locals.
Average costs in Bansko ski resort
A cup of coffee – 3 BGN/1.5 EUR; Small beer – 3 BGN/1.50 EUR; Bottle of house wine –26 BGN/13 EUR; Glass of coke – 4 BGN/2 EUR;
Sandwich – 8 BGN/4 EUR; Burger and fries – 10 BGN/5 EUR; Pizza – 15.60 BGN/8 EUR; Kavarma – 18 BGN/ 9.20 EUR; Banska kapama – 17.60 BGN/9 EUR; Rakia – 4.50 BGN/2.3 EUR
A town of rich history, traditions and magical atmosphere
The charming town Bansko in Bulgaria is an all-seasons resort. The beginner ski resort offers an inimitable blend of culture, customs, traditions and history. You will fall in love with Bansko in Bulgaria when you feel its magical atmosphere and discover its stunning nature, pine woods and crystal-clear lakes. Here you can get a glimpse of the rich Bulgarian folklore traditions and crafts. The town is full of cultural monuments, museums churches and galleries.
Last but not least, you can spend a wonderful vacation along with family and friends in the Spa centres.
What to do besides skiing or snowboarding?
You can explore the Old town of Bansko in Bulgaria. Also, you can plan to visit Banya village, as it is located close to Bansko. It is a popular and interesting place for SPA tourism. Banya village has numerous mineral springs and almost every hotel offers an outdoor pool with mineral water. Temperatures are varying in the range of 28º C to 58º C. Together with the beautiful nature around, these make Banya a wonderful destination for any type of holiday.
The most interesting and extremely well-kept historical monument in the whole region is the church of St. St. Theodore Tyron & Theodore Stratilat. Built-in 1614, the church is situated in the nearby village of Dobarsko. It is unique for its abundance of original frescoes and icons. Some of them are interpreted as portraying Jesus Christ in a rocket.
Furthermore, you can explore Razlog and find there the Ancient Solar Calendar. It is considered to be used before the Chinese calendar. Don’t miss to take a journey on the Rhodope narrow gauge. It is the only such train in operation in Bulgaria. If you want to experience something traditional or have short sightseeing, you can review our experiences such as bread making, cooking Bulgarian cuisine, dance Bulgarian horo and many more. You can check our services HERE. In summer you can swing into the magic the Jazz Festival Bansko.
How can you get to Bansko in Bulgaria?
The beginner’s ski resort is an amazing travelling point located in one of the best parts in Bulgaria, the Southwestern region, as it is only 2 hours away from Sofia and 3 hours away from Plovdiv, the European Capital of Culture 2019. In present days, it is an international hot point for summer and especially winter tourism activities. Besides, Bansko in Bulgaria is an amazing small town nestled into the majestic hug of Pirin Mountain and located nearby Pirin National Park (UNESCO World Heritage since 1983). Surrounded also by the Rhodope Mountains and the Rila, it has a climate with a long mild winter with heavy snowfalls and short hot summer.
If you prefer to rent a car for your ski holiday for beginners to Bansko, we offer an electric car and traditional rent-a-car services. Therefore, you can contact us at [email protected] and request an offer or chat with a travel advisor on our website, LinkedIn or Facebook. We work with our trusted partners from Universal Car Rent. Alternatively, you can find below more details of your route to Bansko:
Distance: 160 km., Time: 2:00 hours
GPS coordinates: 41.8404° N, 23.4857° E
Petro stations: There are petrol stations with all types of fuels located in the towns and along the motorways.
Electric car stations: Blagoevgrad, Bansko, particular details will be provided
Airport near Bansko Bulgaria
The closest airport near one of the best European ski resorts for beginners is in Sofia or Plovdiv. Bansko in Bulgaria is located approximately 2 hours from Sofia and 3 hours from Plovdiv Airport. There are frequent daily flights to Sofia from all over the world, as the flights to Plovdiv are more limited. The most popular low-cost airlines in Europe are also flying to Sofia and Plovdiv – EasyJet, Wizz Air, Ryanair. Additionally, Bulgaria Air also has promotional offers for various destinations which might be perfect for your beginner ski vacation.
Transfers from Sofia to Bansko
We offer pre-arranged transfers from any of the airports, as if it’s not included in your ski holiday for beginners, you can request such at [email protected], website, LinkedIn or Facebook chat.
Where to stay
Bansko in Bulgaria offers a rich variety of accommodation. You will find small and friendly family hotels to 5* luxury hotels. The choice is vast, based on your personal preferences. However, at Spa Tours Bulgaria we always recommend choosing any of the hotels we are offering, as we have tested them and can guarantee your pleasant and warm stay in the best place to ski for beginners. You will find in our portfolio Spa hotels located nearby the slopes or a ‘ski-in-ski-out’ hotel for easy and immediate access to the slopes. For more information, reach out to us. Whatever you choose, you’ll be in safe hands with Bulgarian specialist of Spa Tours Bulgaria who has arranged ski package holidays for several years now. For more information visit spatoursbg.com, chat or WhatsApp call at +359 8888 134 13
Is it worth trying to learn how to ski or snowboard in Bansko ski resort?
If you are a first-time skier, having to learn to ski or snowboard can feel slightly intimidating. Your ski holiday for beginners is a great opportunity to spend more time outdoors, enjoy the picturesque vibes of the mountain and start loving winter! Whether you are a first-time skier or you’ve been skiing for a while, it is a rewarding feeling to improve your skills. Plus, you will feel more confident in yourself than ever before. And the most important – you will get a dose of healthy exercise, spend a great time with your loved ones, meet new people and build strong friendships. In conclusion, it’s worth trying to learn how to ski in Bansko in Bulgaria and definitely a life-changing experience.
At Spa Tours Bulgaria, we have designed ski packages for beginners, as you will learn how to ski for life, meet new people and create a memorable winter holiday in Bansko in Bulgaria.
If you want to visit the best European ski resort for beginners and learn how to ski, check out our offers HERE. Furthermore, you can visit our website or Tripadvisor. Alternatively, email us at [email protected] to request a customised first-time skier package. We will be happy to welcome you and be your in Bansko in Bulgaria!