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Eastern Europe - quick tips!

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hey there!

I'd like to think of myself as intermediate skier and i'm hoping to go to somehwere in Eastern Europe for a weeks skiing and wondered if anyone would be so kind as to recommend or suggest where the best places are (or aren't!)


thanks all! snowHead
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Hi Blue Mark, and welcome to snowHeads snowHead

I'm afraid I haven't been skiing in Eastern Europe but there are a couple of snowHeads who will rave about Bulgaria to you (particularly Bansko, cos they're out there Very Happy )
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Hi Blue Mark

Cathy is right, but then Bansko is the best by far in Bulgaria. It has a totally new (well last season) lift system and gondola and some brilliant slopes. The slopes in Bansko are wide and long, so you actually feel there arent that many people around. Bansko is an intermediates heaven.
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You're both right. Bansko is probably the best resort in Eastern Europe as Alberto Tomba said on the reopening of the resort last season.
Here are some hints,
Bansko is situated at 920m asl.
It is a 12000 inhabitant museum town with 18 and 19 century old houses and with over 280 local tavernas with lovely food. The typical Bulgarian food is very rich and tasty. The prices are reasonable for the local standart. But there are typical local places where you can eat realy cheap for about 3EUR per person. At the slopes the prices are usualy high for the local standart but cheap for the EU standart.
Ski runs are totaly over 50km long with various options for all levels of skiers. For freeriders is a real paradise because of the culoirs of Todorka peak and the forest.
In altitude is 2600m asl to the higher ski point,
The season start from December and last till the end of April,
New Gondolla by Dopelmeyr and 4 new 4 chair lifts by Poma,
There are various accommodation options from 15 to 100EUR per night per person.
There are nice family hotels where the prices are in between 15EUR and 25EUR per person B&B or 50-60EUR for a flat 2 rooms, bathroom and a kitchen for 5 or 6 persons per night.

You can get a good deal at www.banskotravel.com.
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Here are some articles that Slovak ski journalist Roman Millan and myself co-authored about skiing in Slovakia for the English language Slovak Spectator last year:

Overview:

http://www.slovakspectator.sk/clanok.asp?vyd=2003048&cl=14676


Tatranská Lomnica - Lomnické sedlo:

http://www.slovakspectator.sk/clanok.asp?vyd=2004007&cl=15191

Jasna:

http://www.slovakspectator.sk/clanok.asp?vyd=2004006&cl=15126

Donovaly:

http://www.slovakspectator.sk/clanok.asp?vyd=2004005&cl=15059

Velka Raca:

http://www.slovakspectator.sk/clanok.asp?vyd=2004002&cl=14857

Zverovka - Spálená:

http://www.slovakspectator.sk/clanok.asp?vyd=2004003&cl=14911

Skipark Ružomberok:

http://www.slovakspectator.sk/clanok.asp?vyd=2004001&cl=14797

Martinské Hole:

http://www.slovakspectator.sk/clanok.asp?vyd=2004004&cl=14984

I plan to hit Jasna and Donovaly this season.
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I'm from Romania and have skied there many years. I'd say that the snow cover is erratic and the largest resort, Poiana Brasov, still pretty small. On the other hand I've been equally cautious a while ago with my recommendations, and someone on the SCGB site went there on a holiday and loved it. It's cheap and there is some stuff to do except for skiing - e.g. the tourist Dracula castle nearby, if you're into that kind of stuff.

Data for Poiana Brasov: altitude 1000-1700m, about 10 miles of pisted runs, mostly intermediate standard but can get tricky due to the varying grooming standards.
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PS The tone of our Slovakian ski articles is fairly upbeat, but I should warn people about some of the pitfalls of the Carpathians. The bottom line is that these mountains receive far less snowfall than the Alps. Although lifts are being improved on a yearly basis, Slovakian resorts lag far behind Alps resorts in terms of uphill transportation, snowmaking, hotels, food services etc. In fact, trying to compare Eastern European skiing to the Alps is like trying to compare Vermont with Utah. Sure, there is some nice terrain in Vermont but in general, Vermont resorts do not compare to Utah resorts. As in VT, most resorts in Slovakia are weekend places for urban dwellers and not destination resorts per se.

With that being said, one can still have a blast skiing in Slovakia, and there are a couple of real gems there: Jasna, Skipark Ruzomberok, and Velka Raca, to name just three.
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