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Bansko, Bulgaria

 Poster: A snowHead
Poster: A snowHead
Back from a few days in Bansko, Bulgaria, during February, 2020.

Here's what you need to know...

* Ski resort = Bansko.
* Location = Southwest Bulgaria.
* Fly to = Sofia airport (SOF).
* Airlines = Bulgaria Air, Lufthansa, BA, Easyjet, etc.
* Car rental = 100% essential (use the famous ones, like Sixt, not the local chancers).
* Bulgarian car drivers = aggressive.
* Sleep = lots of hotels and apartments.
* Tip 1 = stay as close to the main gondola in town as possible.
* Skis = very cheap to rent.
* Skiing height = 900-2600m / 3000-9000ft.
* Lifts = 14.
* Resort size = 70km of trails (pistes).
* Difficulty = mostly blues (~40%) and reds (~40%).
* Offpiste = limited.
* Season = Dec to Apr.
* Russian mafia = yes, in the redlight district and casinos.
* Tip 2 = do not pet the roaming packs of feral dogs or cats in the street (risk of rabies).
* Good for = sunny days, prettyish scenery, lowish costs.
* Bad for = everything else, takes 1-2hrs to reach top of mountain, too "steep" for beginners, prone to rain, town is a concrete eyesore, etc.
* Conclusion = appalling lift system, giant liftlines that can take 2hrs to clear at weekends, too low for the global warming era.
* Recommendation = avoid.
* Score = 1/5.

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