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Bansko FAQs

Can we hire boots, skis, helmets etc quite easily? Yes, we use www.banskoskimania.com
Could you arrange a transfer from Sofia airport? Yes, we use www.bansko transport.com
Is Bansko a great place for children to learn to ski- ski schools etc? Yes, there is a large amount of beginners areas and instructors are reasonably priced and very good!
How much would lift passes cost? Prices vary every year but this year they are about 58lv per day please check out out link for deals http://hotelavalon.skibansko.bg/
Can you help me buy a discounted or VIP lift pass?  Yes, contact us by email for some amazing deals, hotelavalonbansko@gmail.com
Is it easy to get to the gondola from the hotel? Yes, we have a shuttle bus from the hotel to the gondola station in the mornings and from the gondola station to the hotel from 15:00 to 17:30 . The shuttle costs 1lv per person
Are there options for lunch up on the slopes? There are many restaurants on the hill for most tastes, from the VIP to budget,  if you prefer a packed lunch try http://www.le-retro-bansko.com/
Will we have to go to the ski hire shop everyday or do we keep them and can we store them at your hotel? We do have a huge ski locker here at the hotel but most of our guests chose to leave their kit at the ski shop and collect it every morning
The kids have never been tobogganing, is it possible in Bansko? Yes, there is a great 6km piste that runs from the gondola top station to the village, ideal for tobogganing, we have some sledges and toboggans here in the hotel or you can rent some from the ski shops.
Does your room price also include breakfast? Yes.
Would credit card details be enough to secure a booking or should we send you a bank transfer? Yes it would, please ring reception to pay a deposit , 00359 74988399

Getting There

Bansko is situated 170 km from the international airport of Bulgaria’s capital city, Sofia.
Transfer time is approximately 2.5 hours Special travel or transfer arrangements  are possible, including trips to the local vineyards and to the many historical sites in the locality.

If you require any more information please contact us.

Getting around Bansko

We have a minibus available to take our guests to and from the main gondola station in the mornings and after skiing. If you need a taxi in Bansko we recommend Kostadin ( Dinko), his email is lygna1963@abv.bg or you can contact him on his mobile 00359 894 52 50 88

 

Flight Information

It is possible to get direct flights to Bulgaria from most major airports in the UK.
The approximate cost for a direct flight is around 180 Euros for the national carriers and as low as 27 pounds for the Budget airlines.

 

Ski Information 
The ski season in Bansko starts on the 18th of December and runs through to the 18th of April each year.

We have worked with the team at Ski Mania http://www.banskoskimania.com/en/ for nine seasons now and they are great! Offer some of the best service and equipment in the valley.

Bansko is predominantly a family resort with a good spread of pistes for beginners and 2 or 3 challenging slopes. However for the super advanced there is some awesome backcountry skiing. I have skied most of the faces and gullies on Todorka and can promise an epic ride. All the usual caveats apply as obviously backcountry skiing is a dangerous passtime. Have the right gear, experience and info. The best people to speak to are George and his team at Freemountains http://www.freemountains.com/

Typically a weekly ski pass will cost 140 euros and ski/board rental costs around 10 euros a day. Ski lessons can be arranged for 10 euros an hour for groups and 20 euros an hour for private lessons. Please note it’s possible to buy cheap ski passes on line however these passes do not include insurance cover on the mountain and you will be required to pay an excess on your holiday insurance if you have an accident. I recommend you buy your ski passes direct from the lift company.

We have a minibus to take you to the lift in the mornings and bring you back in the afternoon it costs 1 lev per person each way and is available whenever you are ready.

 

Summer Information

 

Mountain biking in Bansko, Avalon has been the main force behind mountain biking in Pirin for the last 6 years. We have created over 196km of cross country trails and built a dirt jump park in the main town park. If you want to hire a bike or need a guide we have local partners who can help. Guides can be arranged for groups from 50 lev per day and good quality bikes can be hired for 20 lev per day. On the last weekend of July we organise a rally called The Road to Nowhere for more info about mountain biking in Pirin, maps, trails or the race try http://bansko-mtb.com/en/

Hiking In Bansko, I have been a keen hiker all my life. with many years spent in the Alps, Himalaya and Hindu Kush. Pirin is a fantastic range for all types of trekking, a gentle potter up to alpine lakes or full scale assents of good granite faces. We have guides for all levels of ability also from 50 lev per day.

Horse riding in Bansko I have been out with most of the stables in the valley and the horse riding here is fantastic. On the Rila side of the valley there are three good bases for high mountain horse riding. In the valley there are two more good stables that cater for beginners and for meadow riding. Bulgarian horses are smaller, much tougher and more shore footed than the average British horse. Do not be surprised if you find yourself going up and down much steeper slopes than you would ever dream of in the U.K.

Golf In Bansko Pirin golf and country club is the foremost golf course in the Balkans with an exceptional club house and restaurant. The Pirin mountains make for an awesome backdrop. Keep an eye on their site http://www.piringolf.bg/ for special offers and open competitions.

 

Transport can be arranged for you and/or your bikes to all road heads in Pirin.

 

Currency Information

The Currency in Bulgaria is the Leva, you will get a good rate of exchange from cash machines. You can change Sterling and Euros easily in town. Travelers cheques are not so popular but there are one or two banks in town that will change them for you.

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