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Bansko is a charming ski resort with a lively atmosphere and exceptional skiing opportunities. Located at 936m,  Bansko forms part of the Pirin Mountain range, offering 75km of skiable terrain and is often regarded as having some of the best snow conditions in Bulgaria. Bansko also boasts a unique cultural heritage, with its old town listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site, providing an interesting backdrop to your skiing adventure.

With a modern and efficient lift system, Bansko offers a variety of terrain for skiers of all levels. From gentle beginner slopes to challenging black runs and exhilarating off-piste areas, there’s something for everyone in Bansko. Read on to discover our complete guide to skiing in Bansko.

Bansko Ski Area

The ski area in Bansko is split into two main zones; the lower zone (Chalin Valog), perfect for beginners and intermediates with predominantly blue and green runs, and the upper zone (Shiligarnika), suited for more experienced skiers with a mix of red and black runs.

The ski area includes 16 runs, of which 30% are green, 40% blue, 20% red and 10% black.

Beginner Skiing in Bansko

Bansko is an excellent choice for beginner skiers, with a variety of gentle slopes to explore. The lower area of Chalin Valog is perfect for beginners, with wide, gentle runs and excellent snow conditions. Once beginners gain confidence, they can progress to the green and blue runs in the Shiligarnika area, such as ‘Ulen’ and ‘Banderitza’. Both runs are wide, well-groomed and offer stunning views of the Pirin Mountains.

Intermediate Skiing in Bansko

Bansko has plenty to offer intermediate skiers. The Shiligarnika area is full of challenging blue and red runs, such as ‘Strazhite’ and ‘Plato 1’, which are perfect for skiers looking to improve their skills. Remember, the grading system in Bansko is a bit tougher than some other European resorts, so don’t let it dishearten you!

Advanced Skiing in Bansko

Advanced skiers will find plenty of exhilarating runs in Bansko. The longest run, ‘Tomba’, named after the famous skier Alberto Tomba, is a challenging 16km run perfect for advanced skiers. For a real adrenaline rush, advanced skiers should try the ‘Balkaniada’ run. This black run offers steep, challenging terrain and fantastic snow conditions.

Off-piste Skiing in Bansko

Bansko is renowned for its excellent off-piste skiing. The ‘Todorka’ peak offers some of the best off-piste skiing in the area, with a variety of steep chutes and open bowls to explore. For off-piste skiing, hiring a guide is highly recommended to ensure safety and to get the best out of the terrain.


Bansko offers a diverse range of skiing opportunities for all skill levels, from gentle beginner slopes to challenging black runs and excellent off-piste areas. With its modern lift system, excellent snow conditions and unique cultural heritage, Bansko is a fantastic destination for a memorable skiing holiday. No matter your skill level, Bansko has something to offer every skier. To ensure you make the most of your time on the slopes, consider booking an instructor who can guide you to the best runs for your skill level and enhance your skiing experience.