Great savings for a February half term ski holiday in Bulgaria

Bulgaria ranked as the best value ski holiday destination for February half term according to a research by M&S Bank.

Great savings for a February half term ski holiday in Bulgaria

BulgariaSki, February 03, 2014

A family of four could save more than GBP 3,000 on a ski holiday this February half term by choosing Bulgaria over Switzerland, according to research by M&S Bank.

With the school holiday one of the busiest weeks of the season, parents looking to use the week to hit the slopes can be faced with a large bill for the getaway. But where you go is key in just how large the bill will be.

Research conducted by M&S Bank shows that a family holiday for parents and two children Grindelwald in Switzerland will cost GBP 9,499 on average, up 0.12% on last year, while a trip to Bansko in Bulgaria, will cost GBP 6,225, up 0.64% on last year.

The price is based on seven nights' b&b accommodation, flights, transfers, dinners and lunches for a week, lift passes, equipment hire and £140 spending money.

The study also found that the cost of a holiday in Méribel, France, rose most with an increase of 2.89% to GBP 7,746 while the cost of a trip to Vail, Colorado, was down 1.23% to GBP 8,149. Bardonecchia in Italy was the second cheapest resort in the study of five resorts, at a cost of GBP 6,553, despite the second largest increase of 2.87%.

Fraser Millar, head of travel money at M&S Bank, said a weak pound against the euro had made travelling to the continent more expensive than last season. However, the research did not take into account how far your money would go in resort – a pint of beer in Bansko would be considerably cheaper than one in Grindelwald.

Bulgaria has traditionally been a place for a cheap and cheerful holiday. It is well worth considering if you are a beginner or early intermediate on a budget and want a lively time, fuelled by cheap booze. Don't expect sophistication or big ski areas. But the ski schools have an excellent reputation and the scenery and culture provide a very different holiday experience from the Alps.

Bansko is the country's biggest resort. It's an old valley town in the scenic Pirin National Park, catapulted into a the 21st century in 2004 by the construction of modern lifts and smart lodgings.

There are plenty of fast lifts on the mountain, which offers 70km of pistes. Locals are friendly and the town centre is atmospheric. But the access gondola from resort to the slopes suffers from long queues and there are few off-slope activities.

Of Bulgaria's other resorts, Borovets is a lively village and the mountain has 58km of good intermediate slopes. But the resort is not ideal for beginners and the nightlife can be tacky. Pamporovo is a good, low-cost choice for novices, with 37km of slopes. The village is purpose built in a pretty, woodland area and a short bus ride away from the pistes.

  • RobJ From UK
    Sent on 01 January 2017
    Had a great week over xmas there - Hotel Lion was great, didn't see any lift queues but I did get there early. Easy blues for the most part, not loads for the advanced skier but great for beginners and families. I had more fun here than Chamonix last year at the same time. Bottom line ...manage your expectations... it is more than value for money but don't expect Whistler.
  • Pepa From Madrid
    Sent on 24 August 2016
    Un citio presioso pero todo lo demas 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