Advice for a Bulgaria Virgin

Advice for a Bulgaria Virgin
Started by Crispyapplepie in Bulgaria - 10 Replies
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Glynis wrote:Bansko really is a great resort. We've had a catered chalet here for the last 16 years and still love it. Our snow record is just as good as other resorts, some seasons we have been fully open when a lot of the alpine resorts were scratching for snow. Whether you should go for self catered, B&B, full board or catered really does depend on your budget and what you would expect from each.There are lots of self catered apartments available but choosing the right one in the right location is a bit of lottery. You would need to then find your own way to the gondola each day, in the wrong location it is a 30 minute walk! There are a couple of tour operators that come in to Bansko but they pull out mid March, which is a real shame because our season usually lasts well in to April. March tends to be a really snowy month for us! Although cheap they use larger hotels which serve notoriously substandard food. We've had guests that have migrated from tour operators to us because although their hotels were really poor food wise, they love the town and the slopes. A lot of these people come back year after year. Bansko is a proper town rather than a purpose built resort and has lots of charm and character. In the evenings it's great to have a wander around and get a real feel about it.

That's all good, Glynis, but what about the queues for the gondola which are reported to be horrendous?
Are you restricted to school holidays? Assuming that you have school age children and the teacher doesn't see skiing as an educational experience then cheap deals may be tricky.

If you can go outside of school holidays some last minute bargains do come up even at some of the more expensive resorts. The flights may be from some of the less accessible airports but bargains are there most years.
Andy M
Sorry I've only just seen your reply re queues at the gondola. There are queues at times but probably no different to many other resorts. Our queues tend to be at the gondola which is the entry point to the mountain. But once you get on the mountain the queues for the chairlifts are very minimal. The resort also lays on mini buses to get people up the mountain quicker in the busier periods.. Most other resorts have their biggest queues at their chairlifts, so at the end of the day it's probably tit for tat. Our guests are very lucky, if the gondola is busy we drive them up the mountain to the 1st accessible chairlift.
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