According to the biggest ski fair in London Bansko will be the European hit this winter

According to the biggest ski fair in London Bansko will be the European hit this winter

24 Hours, Peter Petrov, 15.10.2005

Bansko is the best and most contemporary site for ski holidays east of the Alps and there is no doubt in this statement. This is the assessment of the five time world ski champion and the star of the skiing world during the 80s and 90s, Marc Giardelli. Set in the huge Olympia exhibition hall in the Kensington area of London, the event took place from 12th of 16th October. It is widely regarded as the biggest ski and snowboard exhibition in Europe before the start of the European ski season. Marc Giardelli is on the Balkan Holidays stand and is giving away autographs, smiles and shaking hands with scores of fans who are queuing to see him. He never falters, even during the longest conversations and has a special opinion on what can be expected by the ski enthusiasts in Bansko. Everyone is asking whether Bulgaria is really offering such high quality resort, but this is already a fact and everyone who visits Bansko will see for themselves. I know most of the sites for skiing in Europe and the whole world and I am sure that every skier will receive the best service and good value for money during this season. said Giardelli. He knows very well his British audience, for whom price and quality are always the most important reasons when they take a decision where to spend their holidays. The interest on their stand is really significant. Tour operators are expecting more than 20% rise in the number of tourists. They take tourists to the other nice Bulgarian resorts like Borovets and Pamporovo, but there is no doubt that this winter Bansko will be a hit. We still havent really decided where to go. We usually go to France and Italy, now we have decided to take the kids and we think that Bulgaria is the best place for this winter. A common choice by many a visitor to the Balkan Holiday stand. The following is an extract from an interview with Marc Giardelli: Marc why is your name connected to Bulgaria and Bansko? I was invited for the opening of one of the new pistes last year. The conditions in Bansko really impressed me, and then I became friend to the people there and during the last year I have been there three or four times. Have you been to any other Bulgarian resort? Not recently. During the 80-s I have been several times to Borovets, but I know that things have changed a lot this winter. Is your cooperation with Bansko going to be long term one? Yes definitely, we have plans for the future, to develop programs for ski training in Bansko, we are also developing specific ski packages. Bansko and Bulgaria definitely are interesting for me. The development is there now. Sites like Germany and Austria are not offering anything new, nothing exiting is happening. Look what has happened in Bansko during the last few years. It is interesting and exciting to be part of all this. Dont say that you will become instructor in Bansko?? No, I dont teach. I cant teach everyone who wants to be my student! Anyway it would be a waste of time. I am working on a special program for ski instructors. I am working over a methodic way to teach instructors, to give my knowledge to more people. And what is the most unique in Bansko, for you as a professional? From a skiers point of view it is great for the pistes to be among forests. It is very rare and very good, because people can ski in almost all kind of conditions, even in a fog or snow. If it was on open slopes in fog, a person can loose their orientation and it is impossible to ski. Another great feature of Bansko is the wonderful aprs ski, wonderful entertainment opportunities, the unique atmosphere of the town. In this way Bansko is even better developed than the huge resorts in Austria and Sweden. In general, how does sportsman like you feels after the end of your career? Oh great. Apart from the personal satisfaction, my sport successes brought me a lot of friends and opened a lot of doors for me. What are you doing now after your career? Different things. I was a manager of the longest covered piste in the world Botrop, Germany. Than I started organizing exclusive ski trips. From the autumn of 2004, I have been on the training management of the mens ski team of Germany. As from this spring I am also working with the Bulgarian Team. What is your opinion for the future of Bulgarian skiing ? Is there a chance for Bulgaria? There is always hope. With the development of resorts like Bansko, more people will have the opportunity to ski. This will help for the new talents to improve. For the training and the high level skiers, the conditions of the country are not that important. I really cant wait to visit Bansko this winter.
     
  • Pepa From Madrid
    Sent on 24 August 2016
    Un citio presioso pero todo lo demas mentira.la comida,el personal muy mal.No lo recomiendo a nadie.Es una publicidad engañosa.Y de All inclusive nada.No se dejen engañar por las paginas web.Por desgracia en Bulgaria todavia el consumidor no es nadie.
  • Juglena Bankova From Bulgaria
    Sent on 13 May 2016
    Nie byakhme tam na Velikden i pisha malko kŭsno. No vpechatleniata sa ni poveche ot prekrasni! Velikolepna kuhnia (ne savetvat jenite na dieta, da hodiat za poveche ot tri dni, zashtoto yastiyata sa neustoimi, vkusni i ogromni)! Great stil! I mnogo priaten personal!(osobeno damata v restoranta) Pozdravleniya !
  • ger99 From turkey
    Sent on 01 March 2015
    We loved it. Had a perfect 2 bedroom apartment modern, clean new renovated With view to slope. Perfect location in pamporovo as central ski in ski out. Friendly staff, not ovr crowded relaxed athmosphere. our friends (group with total of 7 rooms) all very happy! It is away from city center but close to bowling and 2 nice reaturans.
  • ashley hensman From uk
    Sent on 01 March 2015
    Flora is a lovely hotel clean in a great location and the food was good just make sure you use the safes.
  • Enjoy ski From UK
    Sent on 27 February 2015
    Just came back from Sevlievo in Bulgaria. Drove up to Hotel Impulse in Uzana where I hired skis, boots and poles for myself and two children for just 17 levs for adult and 10 levs each child and used the hotel ski slope 5 levs each. Perfect for the kids first time as parking right at entrance to hotel and slope is 20m walk! Food in restaurant tasty and cheap. Perfect for beginners!
  • Charlotte Hennessy From england
    Sent on 23 February 2015
    WOW, thats all i can say about the previous week of my life. The snow conditions were amazing and the people were so friendly. The night life was always active and the rila hotel was especially fantastic. I loved the accommodation at the rila and i loved the way it is right on the slope. I wouldn't have changed a thing about the holiday and i would recommend this resort to everyone including beginners and experts. Overall, i had an amazing time!!!
  • Brian mcvey From Scotland
    Sent on 20 February 2015
    Going to borovets for 2nd time this time with my son. Had a great time 4 years ago, now with park I expect it to be a lot better now and it was brill last time round. 20 days and counting
  • Lasse WP From Denmark
    Sent on 15 February 2015
    We just had a wonderful trip to Pamporovo. We were a group of 10 adults, and 3 small children (1 to 3 years old), who stayed at the Castle complex, in 4 apartments, for a week (7 days stay, 6 days skiing) Everything at the Castle was great, and the staff was very forthcoming and helpful in every way. The apartments were very practical, and equipped with all necessities. Not luxurious, but really good and adequate in size and layout. You should note though, that towels are not changed every day. Towels are not needed to bring to the spa area and treatments. The food at the Excalibur restaurant was typical for the area, and well prepared. The staff at the restaurant is also great. The Castle complex is situated 2-3 km. from Ski center 2 (Malina). It is of course easiest if you are driving, but there are shuttles from the hotel to the ski center and lift. Ski in-/out is possible at the backside of the complex. We had booked ski- and snowboard packages, and that worked out perfectly as well. The snowboard instructor was a true professional. Patient and very focused on making sure that all of us learned the moves, at our own individual pace. Everyone had a great time, and learned a lot. The area was perfect for us, as we are all beginners on snowboards. Had we been on skies, I suspect the terrain would not be challenging enough for an entire week. We can definitely recommend Pamporovo, and the Castle complex, and will be back next year.
  • james From england
    Sent on 05 February 2015
    Lovely apartments bang on yasterbets slopes. Great spa and swimming pool and cheaper prices than borovets for food and beer. Best hotel and facilites in borovets
  • Jayne Gay From England
    Sent on 25 January 2015
    Just got back from Bansko what a fabulous week. A party of 6 which includes our daughter's aged 20-24 and the night life for them was great. No long queues, food good and we cannot wait for next year!
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