Bansko drops behind its ski center

Bansko drops behind its ski center

Capital weekly, Boryana Gencheva, 2-8 April *with excerpts

The project for the construction of ski zone in the mountain above Bansko two years ago started as a necessity for the town. There were many hotels and restaurants and the lack of enough pistes and lifts was bad for their business. Now Bansko has luxurious ski center for about 40 million euro with 56 kilometers ski pistes and 23 wired equipment. However, the towns infrastructure is collapsing from the construction works and the huge tourist interest. It is no wonder as the ski zone is with brand new equipment, while Bansko is as every other town in Bulgaria and the state gives the same amount of subsidy as for the other small towns, says the mayor of the town Alexander Kravarov. He reported that this season was better than the previous and the town gained even more international popularity. The main aim in front of Bansko now is to change the drainage system and the water-conduit, as well as to asphalt the streets. The mayor of the town explained that they need around 35 million BGN, while the government gave the municipal just 66 thousand BGN for capital expenses. That is why the mayor relies on money from pre-integration funds and from the ministry of Regional Development and Environment. In spite of the construction works in Bansko, now the ski zone has bigger capacity compared to the capacity of the beds in the hotels. The pistes and equipment is for around 9-10 000 people per hour. The beds in the town are 5400 in around 38 hotels, six of them granted with four stars. Another brand new five star hotel Kempisnski Grand Arena will open in May. Almost all of the hotels in Bansko support the idea of popularization and development of the tourism in the region and apply a coordinated marketing policy. Bansko is offering its product on introducing prices and every year the prices will increase according to the added value of the new supply, announced a popular tour operator. According to information supplied by the Mayor the total number of building permission is 274, of which 79 new hotels received permission for construction works, 66 new residential buildings and 11 blocks of flats. This season was the start for six new hotels. The expected hotel base in the next two-three years will increase up to three times, because the new hotels are with 350 beds. The number of the so-called apartment- hotels is still not determined. The anomaly from the times when the town had guests only during the holidays no longer exists. According to information from ULEN for the new 2005/2006 season, new extras in the ski zone are not expected, because some finishing works have to be done on the pistes (it is very likely to wait for the development of the town). The reconstruction of some new pistes starts, which means that the pistes will be grassed and the building of new drain canals will stop the erosion. Together with the management of the National Park Pirin, from ULEN plan to put anti-avalanches barriers. This precaution is taken because of the avalanche that endangered part of the ski zone in Bansko. That was the reason why parts of Alberto Tomba and Banderishka ployana pistes were temporary closed this season. The so-called lull around the ski zone for the next season looks contemporary. A week ago, the municipal council in Bansko approved the offers from Ulen to build one more wire lift in the region of Cerna Mogila as well as two new ski pistes. Now they are in a process of receiving an assessment for impact on the environment as well as public discussions about the project. At the same time, the municipal council denied the other part of Ulens demands for the building of new pistes south of Todorka peak. The motif for that decision is that thus there is a possibility of invasion of the reserve and the water zone of the town. To summon things up, the hotel base in Bansko and the ski zone in Pirin will continue developing.
     
  • 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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