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Found in the foothills of the Pirin Mountains, Bansko is Bulgaria's largest ski resort and once hosted the World Cup alpine ski races. Skiers and snowboarders access the two main ski areas by a 25-minute gondola ride from Bansko. Slalom runs are available as well. A lively apre-ski scene can be found in traditional Bansko taverns, where local food, wine and live music is abundant. Bansko is also famous for its annual jazz festival, which has garnered international attention and draws in an impressive crowd each year.
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  • Bansko
    Ilian Pavlov
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    3 Jul 05, 2012

    10 years ago this was a picturesque little town with lots of family owned B&Bs and taverns, many in 19-century buildings; a small and hard to reach ski area, with great people speaking a strange even to Bulgarian ears language, a hidden gem. Now it's a concrete jungle, lots of large "modern" hotels, cars and crowds everywhere.. The ski area is probably twice the size while the hotel capacity increased 20-fold so the wait for the lifts can be 2 hours..

    If you want to ski (or snowboard) go elsewhere. If you want to see what's left of its rich history, hurry up..

    It may still be worth visiting in summer, the mountains are beautiful and quite accessible.

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  • Bansko
    Nikolay Guenov
    5 Jul 03, 2012

    Bansko is a good destination both in the Winter and in the Summer. No matter whether you enjoy skiing or hiking you will have a good and pleasant experience. I have visited in the summer, but have heard from friends who have had a good experience with a skiing trip to the place.
    Here is a quick summary of my visit and of course some photos... http://site.chinafinds.com/travel/2006/11/trip-to-bansko-bulgaria-part-1/
    and another section at
    http://site.chinafinds.com/travel/2006/12/travel-in-bansko-bulgaria-part-2/

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  • Bansko
    Matgod Kaptaineas
    5 Nov 08, 2012
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    Tamara Vukoicic
    3 Oct 22, 2012
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  • Bansko
    Ralitza Stamenkova
    5 Oct 16, 2012
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  • Bansko
    Denis Afanasiev
    4 Aug 21, 2012

    Too long line to lift

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  • Bansko
    Spyros Ch
    3 Jul 04, 2012

    Great place for skiing! Nobody speaks English...

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  • Bansko
    Lazaros Fetanis
    4 Jun 25, 2012
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    Roulis Zorbas
    3 Jun 21, 2012
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    Branko Djurkovic
    4 Mar 07, 2012
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