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First Timers Guide

If you've made your way to this page, we’re assuming you've never been to Bansko. Most of this information is scattered somewhere else on this site – links are provided when useful – but all of the basics are below, in one convenient spot. First things first: Bansko is a singularly beautiful, special place – unlike any ski destination in the world – and we're excited to share it with you.

How do I get to Bansko?

Getting to Bansko is as easier as getting to any alpine resort. First fly to Bulgaria, then take a transfer with SKIPAL Bulagaria Bansko from one of the local airports :  

    - Sofia, Sofia Airport, Bulgaria (SOF) - The Bulgarian capital - Direct flights to Sofia depart from every big city in EUROPE and the world.

Read more: How do I get to Bansko?

Have your favourite drink before or after skiing

You can get your coffee or tea, beer or juice while fitting your ski boots or when waiting for your others to get their gear. Because Skipal.bg is thinking for your time and we know how to make you get the best out of your holiday. Our partner ski shop integrates a cafe-bar serving a variaty of drinks for your family or friends. ski rent in Bansko 

 With us, you can choose from all the available dates! Have the best ski holiday ever! The ski rent in Bansko is cheaper if you book online! Contact the booking team SkiPal Bulgaria from here or brouse the ski packages

How is the skiing - will it be too hard?

Bansko’s reputation for steep and deep precedes it, eh? Yes, there’s plenty of powder and pitches, but here’s a little known fact: Bansko is a great a place for beginners to learn how to ski and for intermediates keen to cruise long groomers. Beginner and intermediate trails make up 80% of Bansko's  - 75km -skiing terain. The only black piste - TOMBA - however - is a true challenge for every expert skier or snowboarder, as the piste has hosted a number of  world ski competions already

We highly recommend lessons with Ulen Group School, and if you're looking for a little more challenge, you might consider a offpisteride Guide.

Whether new to snow sports or deeply addicted, skiing or snowboarding Bansko is an experience you won't soon forget.

Skiing & Snowboarding Links

Should I rent skis or bring my own?

The airlines aren't making it any easier or less expensive to check bags, especially skis and snowboards, and we appreciate that skiers and snowboarders LOVE their gear….but this winter, we advise you to leave your equipment at home. Avoid the hassle of traveling (and paying for) your gear on the airlines, choose equipment that's designed for Bansko’s terrain and conditions, and have it ready to pick up at a ski-in, ski-out location. To make the deal even sweeter, Skipal Sports is offering a 10% discount if you book your skis online before you arrive. So to make a long story short – rent!

Still determined to bring your own boards? Skipal hire shop offers after-ride ski&boot storage by the Gondola. This allows you to straight hit apres ski bars free of boots&skis baggage to care for. They will heat your boots up overnight making them warm and nice for next day on the slopes. By the way this option is included if renting skis&boots with Skipal!

Rental Links - Bansko Sports - Rent Online

What's the weather like?

Like any mountain environment, the weather in Bansko can vary greatly (and rapidly). Bansko SKI ZONE averages 459 inches of snow each winter, but that’s a measurement taken on the mountain. The valley receives less snow but know this: there will be snow on the ground all winter long, so plan accordingly. The roads are rather flat and generally well-plowed, so if you're thinking about renting a car, rest assured that driving in the winter is relatively hard. It's not uncommon for us to get inversions, where the temperature on the mountain is actually warmer than at the base or in the valley. In any case, plan to be in immersed in a wintry wonderland where the weather can change at the drop of a hat, but no more so than any other high alpine location.

Weather Links - Snow Report - Average Temps and Precipitation 

Where should I stay?

There are two distinct lodging options in Bansko: downtown Bansko or the outlying stretch in between town and the ski Zone. Each area boasts benefits, depending on what you're looking for. Staying in town is nice if you want a wide variety of shopping and dining choices and night life. All Bansko hotels condos and homes are located at the base of Bansko Ski Zone and are very convenient if skiing or riding is your top priority.  Your best bet is to talk with a reservation agent at SKIPAL  (00359894663102) or Adventure Travel group reservations (0000) and let them help you figure out the best option based on your preferences.

Lodging Links - Vacation Packages - Bansko Lodging - Reservations