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One Team, One Goal – One Tonne of Food; Bear Park Visit

The Kempinski Hotel Grand Arena Bansko Donated One Tonne of Food to the Dancing Bears Park in Belitsa. The hotel repeated its “One Team, one Goal – One Tonne of Food” initiative for a fifth consecutive year Bansko, 18 October 2017 – On 16 October, Kempinski Hotel Grand Arena Bansko’s management team visited the Dancing Bears Park in Belitsa with [...]

By |October 19th, 2017|Bear Park, Belts, Kempinski Bansko, Living|Comments Off

What The FAQ #6: Where Can I Get A Piste Map?

One thing you need when you come to Bansko is a piste map. Click here to open, and download if you wish, your high resolution map in a new tab (it’s free). Bansko Blog works with Euphoria Bar and Grill, the home of our live cam, and you can pick up a printed map there, [...]

By |October 9th, 2017|Getting Here, piste map, Skiing & Snowboarding, town map|Comments Off

Lift Pass Prices 2018

Bansko lift pass prices 2017/18 will be announced here. Subscribe to newsletter to receive the news! Below are the 2016/17 ski pass prices. Click here to save €€€’s on your 6, 9 and 13 day lift passes as well as from 1+ days your discounted ski, snowboard hire, lessons and transfers. You save €€€’s on your 6 day [...]

By |October 9th, 2017|Bansko Lift Pass, Featured, Ski Pass 2017, Skiing & Snowboarding|Comments Off

First Signs Of Winter: Snow and heavy rain expected this weekend

From tomorrow I expect to see a few centimetres of snow on the Pirin and Rila mountains that surround Bansko. Whilst there have been a few light dustings so far this Autumn, I expect we will see some snow on the Predel pass, which is the main route into Bansko that cuts through the gap [...]

By |October 6th, 2017|Events|Comments Off

What the FAQ #5: What Do I Need to Pack For Bansko?

What should I pack for my Bansko ski trip? This is a very common question and the answer, once again, is “it depends”. It depends if you are flying with a check-in bag or just a cabin bag. You can go skiing for a week with just one cabin bag. This means you get get [...]

By |October 3rd, 2017|Getting Here, packing for skiing, Sofia Airport to Bansko|Comments Off

What the FAQ? #4: Is it Safe to Drink the Tap Water?

Is it Safe to Drink the Tap Water? The topic of my FAQ #4. The short answer is Yes… and No. I have drunk the tap water for many years but deepening suspicion of some much of how the large businesses can operate outside any normal code of ethics means that I am less sure [...]

By |September 20th, 2017|Living, mihalkovo, spring water, tap water|Comments Off

Easy Jet Opens Bookings for Flights Until June 24th 2018

EasyJet opens for flight bookings up until June 24th 2018. Now is a great time to book a few Bansko ski trips. As I always say, March and early April are my recommended times to come to Bansko, if you can. Anytime from 4th March 2018 is good until the end of the season. Of [...]

By |September 20th, 2017|easyJet flights, Getting Here|Comments Off

Kempinski Grand Arena Bansko: Natalia Kashirskaya the New General Manager

Bansko regulars will know that Kempinski Grand Arena Bansko is the landmark hotel located by the gondola lift. It sets an upscale five star offering year round. But first I offer my fond farewell to Carsten Seubert, the outgoing General Manager. Some great times including us skiing together and me, not known to be slow [...]

By |September 19th, 2017|General Manager Kempinski, Living, Natalia Kashirskaya|Comments Off

What the FAQ? #3: When Is the Bansko Jazz Festival 2018

The Bansko Jazz Festival 2018 will, once again, be the annual highlight event of summer in Bansko. The Bansko Jazz Fest witnesses whole town come alive. Few would disagree with me that there seems to be a good positive feeling here during this time. Without exaggeration I feel the event gets better and better every [...]

By |September 19th, 2017|Bansko Jazz Fest 2018, Events|Comments Off

Kapana Fest Plovdiv: 29th September to 1st October 2017

For the 6th year in a row “Kapana Fest“ will take place from 29th September to 1st October in Plovdiv. Regulars will know I spend a lot of time out of the ski season in Plovdiv and the 2.5 hoursdrike from Bansko makes it a fabulous place to visit. Plovdiv is the European Capital Of [...]

By |September 18th, 2017|Events, kapana fest plovdiv 2017|Comments Off