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Bansko Main Gondola queue today

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For anyone not familiar with the resort, its a single gondola up to the mountain (or take a £20 taxi!)
Can see why they are so desperate for a 2nd gondola!




Queues to the left are for the Gondola
Queue to the right is for a lift ticket


and if you decide to take the taxi


roads are jammed
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looks worse in Val d'Isere

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Wow... worth ppinting out it was amazingly quiet in VdI last week? No? Sorry...
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The cost of "cheap" skiing!
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Richard_Sideways wrote:
Wow... worth ppinting out it was amazingly quiet in VdI last week? No? Sorry...


Christmas week in Bansko isn’t too bad. It is the new year weekend which is awful. We made the mistake of doing new year in bansko and hadn’t improved. February half term was also attrocious. Apparently March is great... however having both girls in school we can’t make use of them.
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NickyJ wrote:
Richard_Sideways wrote:
Wow... worth ppinting out it was amazingly quiet in VdI last week? No? Sorry...


Christmas week in Bansko isn’t too bad. It is the new year weekend which is awful. We made the mistake of doing new year in bansko and hadn’t improved. February half term was also attrocious. Apparently March is great... however having both girls in school we can’t make use of them.

March has been getting busier, as everyone is saying to go in March!
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Mind you, queues in Bansko at least look orderly, unlike Val. Bet it's a free for all there. Madeye-Smiley
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@Richard_Sideways, it was quiet a couple of weeks ago too Very Happy Very Happy
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thecramps wrote:
Mind you, queues in Bansko at least look orderly, unlike Val. Bet it's a free for all there. Madeye-Smiley


Queue to get into building. Then its a free for all up the stairs & through the barrier
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After 24 years of skiing in the school holidays (now, no more...) the photo of Val D'Isere queuing brings back such happy memories! Very Happy

Joking aside, however, Val D'Isere or the 3 Valleys were our New Year destinations of choice for years and we never experienced bad lift queues, which is why we were repeat visitors. Those areas seemed really well geared up for handling the crowds. Our last peak time trip was to Val Thorens for New Year 4 years ago and it wasn't too busy at all. Has it become noticeably busier in Val D in recent years? (As we never had to queue outside the funicular when we were there).

Of course things are a lot quieter now that we are not tied to school holidays. No complaints there! Very Happy Very Happy
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Pretty sure that we're looking at two queues in the Val' photo. Olympic gondola in the foreground and Solaise in the background. Probably a delayed start this morning due to Avi control?
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Been to Bansko last March. It was far from this catastrophe, but still it was long at 9 AM. You could access it equally from right and left, with a ski pass. About 15-20 min at most
I imagine this year will be longer - Bansko gets more popular worldwide due to its much lower prices compared to anything equivalent in the west. The taxi costs 20 UK pounds??? How many can fit inside, it looks like over an hour just to reach the gondola Shocked
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Yet the bus queue is short & orderly - can't understand why anyone would choose to tackle the crush in that building - those stairs are horrific - when the bus is just outside & much more civilised.

I like bansko, some good people there, not sure I'd be going back though
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kittya wrote:
Yet the bus queue is short & orderly - can't understand why anyone would choose to tackle the crush in that building - those stairs are horrific - when the bus is just outside & much more civilised.

I like bansko, some good people there, not sure I'd be going back though


We found that the best way up when we were there and to do the resort staff credit the buses started well before the advertised times and the random assortment of vehicles being used (during half term) showed they were drafting in lots of extra vehicles to try and cope). However there is no getting away from the fact there are just too many people for the resort to cope with and then once you get up to the slopes those people are then on them. Sad
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Well I've been skiing today, and I queued for 5 mins for the first lift, then barely queued for any others.
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@queen bodecia, nice Happy
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@NickyJ, I know, I was pleasantly surprised.
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drporat wrote:
The taxi costs 20 UK pounds??? How many can fit inside, it looks like over an hour just to reach the gondola Shocked
its 10lev each.
Car would take 4, but lots of minibuses around as well.
Benefit of a taxi is it takes about 20-15mins and hou can go straight to the higher slopes, rather than just the top of the main gondola.
Lift operator does like to run the gondolas dlow to make it look busier than it is. Add on not filling the gondolas (no single skier lines for example) then it plays into them crying for another station and expand the ski area.
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I would imagine the Val d'Isère que was made worse due to the amount of avalanche control that was going on today all over the tarentaise.
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