I went for the first time skiing in Bankso Bulgaria last year. Previously I’ve skied all around Europe and a lot in North America, so I really did not know what to expect from Bankso – but it was really good.
The price – well trust an accountant to want to talk about price first, but really this is the big difference you see with Bansko, I went with a family of four, two adults two kids and the total price for a four star hotel including ski hire and lift passes, half board including flights and transfer was £1,589! Yep that is almost £3,000 less than I paid (overpaid) for an equivalent trip to Meribel.
Our hotel was a really good standard with apartment style rooms and a large heated swimming pool. We stayed over xmas week and the food was good, the hotel from being empty on the first night, we were the first guests that season to arrive and this was a large hotel maybe 300 bedrooms, soon filled and was close to being full by the end of the week.
Skiing was somewhat limited I have to admit, but given that my two kids are not very experienced skiers, they really enjoyed the green and blue runs. There is a only a single gondolla up the mountain which whilst no issue on the first days of our holiday quickly became a limiting factor meaning we needed to get up early and miss the queues.
The ski conditions were very good and I actually really liked the town itself, if you closed your eyes on the way there and opened them in resort your find only minor differences to say Austria / France.
The town has a large outdoor ski rink right on one of the high streets which the kids really appreciated. We enjoyed the range of shops and snack bars etc.
Bulgaria Bankso has a reputation of being cheap and cheerful, but my advice is to find a great deal with a high star hotel four or five star (The Kempinski is not cheap however!) close to the slopes and you’ll have a great time, in fact for the price you can take an extra summer holidays and still not come to the same cost as an equivalent trip to France or Austria.
We’ll be going back for sure!