World ski stars promote Bansko

The megastars of the World Alpine skiing Lindsey Vonn an Ted Ligety (USA), Anja Paerson (Sweden) and Aksel Lund Svindal (Norway) promoted Bansko in Soelden.

The Austrian winter resort hosted the opening competitions – 2 Giant slaloms, for the new FIS Alpine World Cup season.Each of them stood before a camera and appealed to the ski fans around the world to come to the Winter capital of the Balkans next February.

As it is known, in a frame of a week Bansko will host Women’s WC rounds.

The Ladies will compete on 28th February and 1st March this year.

Bode Miller

”I heard it’s a great party in Bulgaria. I’ve never been in Bansko but I will come next February for sure”.

This was confessed by the Bad guy of the world skiing – Bode Miller. The eccentric American, who has captured the Overall World Cup twice and managed at last to grab an Olympic title in Vancouver.

He had to ski in Bansko a season ago in February, when a Super Combined and Slalom took place at the “Banderitza” and “Alberto Tomba” ski runs. He preferred to attend his child’s birthday then.


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Bansko is the most progressing resort

FIS announced it at the official Opening of the WC season

Bansko is the most progressing resort in the world. That was announced at the FIS meeting in Soelden, Austria, where the new World Cup season in Alpine skiing is being opened. The first competition for the new campaign was scheduled for this Saturday – the Ladies’ Giant slalom. The Men have to compete in the same discipline on Sunday.

As it is known, for the first time in history Bulgaria will host both Men’s and Women’s WC starts in the frame of one and the same season.

Bansko received the exceptional honour to welcome the strongest male Alpine skiers on the planet on 18 and 19 February next year. The Men will compete in the technical disciplines – Slalom and Giant Slalom. Only a week later the Ladies are coming to the Pirin Mountains. They will repeat the experience from the inaugural World Cup round at the “Banderirza” ski run in 2009.

Then the female stars of the WC circuit competed in Downhill and Super G. The American Superstar Lindsey Vonn sealed her second Overall World Cup on Bansko soil.

The Winter capital of the Balkans became one of only 11 resorts in the world, which have the privilege to host Men’s and Women’s starts in one and the same season.

The other 10 are Soelden (Aut), Levi (Fin), Val d’Isere (Fr), Lake Louise (Can), Munich (Ger), Garmisch-Partenkirchen (Ger), Moscow (Rus), Zagreb (Cro), Sochi (Rus) and Schladming (Aut), where the finals of 2011/2012 season must be held.

This honour is granted to the Bulgarian ski federation only 2 years following the mentioned Ladies’ WC competitions. The men came for the first time to Bansko this year, when they competed in Super Combined and Slalom.

The Italian ski legend Alberto Tomba, the Bulgarian football megastar Hristo Stoichkov and the Prime minister of our country Boyko Borisov attended the show at Banderishka polyana. The ski run for the technical disciplines in Bansko holds Tomba’s name.

Bansko is the British Dream land for skiing

The Winter capital of the Balkans is the cheapest resort in the world, a Post office research shows

Bansko is the Dream land for the UK tourists. The proof of this statement can be found in the research of Post Office.

While last year the Winter capital of the Balkans ranked second after Poyana Brasov in Romania, now the new home of FIS Alpine World Cup has arisen as the most desired British destination. The prices have fallen by 5% in comparison with 2010.

According to Post Office the total cost of the required ski equipment, lift passes, drinks and an evening meal for two came in at £263 which was still £100 cheaper than that in the runner-up resort of Arinsal in Andorra.

The prices in the Pyrenees have also fallen by 5%.

The figures are featured in the Ski Resort Report 2011, carried out by Post Office Travel Money in association with Crystal Ski.

The third place in the winter resorts’ prices ranking is for the emerging resort Bohinj in Slovenia.

"Skiers on a budget have great value resorts to choose from if they head East to Bulgaria and Slovenia or West to Andorra. Italy is also looking good for those skiers who prefer skiing in one of the long-established favourites," head of Post Office Travel Money - Sarah Munro, commented.

As it is well known, last year Bansko was named the Winter capital of the Balkans at an international tourism exhibition in the Serbian town of Novi Sad.

The formerly off-the-beaten-path destination has recently gone main stream. Tourists from abroad have to spend no more than 25 euros a night in the hotels, which exemplify Bansko's ambitions best – quite chic, but without the ridiculous attempts to be cosmopolitan, which is very often found at other Bulgarian resorts, especially at the Black Sea beach.

The old town, where the prices are lower even than the capital Sofia, is a mix of ski and souvenir shops with cozy, dimly lit taverns. It is not unusual to see an entire lamb or pig roasting on a spit in front of a restaurant.

The other choice are the pubs, stuffed with British, Irish and Greek tourists, who – along with the Russians, have recently been the driving force of Bansko's prosperity.