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.
     
  • Tommyboy From Scotland
    Sent on 07 April 2018
    5th time skiing in Bansko, have been here over Xmas period and Easter break, hasn't always been a lot of snow but enough to ski for five days. It is a good value for money skiing holiday for those on a budget, food very good value and varied depending on taste, some restaurants better than others, again depending on personal taste. Not to sure what the nightlife is like as we stay in our timeshare resort The Balkan Jewel which is 3 > 4 miles out of Bansko, they operate a free shuttle bus but the last one back from town is at 4.30pm therefore going back into town would require the use of taxis. I am sure we will be back in the future.
  • Mitko From Bulgaria
    Sent on 28 February 2018
    Dear all, Borovets is a nice place to be, but it is risky to ski there. The slopes for advanced skiers are crossing the slopes for beginners and the slopes are negligently prepared with icy spots and snow heap places. This all is a precondition for accidents. The ski lifts are maintained all on the surface, they stop frequently and the gondola had to be scrapped years ago. So be careful when skiing in Borovets!
  • Lene willsea From N.i
    Sent on 28 February 2018
    I love Pomporova. Its our home from home.We first went in 2008, the airport was a portacabin and the lifts were a dangling wooden chair.. The place improves year on year. I would highly recommend it. VERY CHEAP once ur there. But with all upgrades the prices to travel are clinbing. Jumped 200 in two yrs.
  • Neo From United Kingdom
    Sent on 15 February 2018
    The hotel it’s a brilliant idea however there are aspects you would be surprised to stumble upon We arrived late at night about 10pm. Greater by a very polite hostes she kindly provided us with prepacked sandwiches as the restaurant closed at 9pm ( we called in advance to ask if such is possible especially when you have young ckranky from long travel hours in multiple travel vechicles The room very spatious. Bed cover had some suspicious sticky stains that absolutely horrified me at the thought that my children could possibly put their tiny hands on to that. One of the bath robes provided had a black stain on its back, the other bath robe had its pocket thorn out and just hanging. There was a massive flaky, mouldy, damp patch in the corner on the ceiling. The toilet was leaking on the floor. Breakfast food was cold and rancid with a queue for pncakes quite long and very impatient as pancakes was the only food that you could have still warm. Boiled eggs were cold and so hard the yolk was dusty . Fried eggs were dry... won’t even go to details about the rest of the food. As the drinks offered to be purchased by the restaurant aren’t the healthiest of choice for children (all the juices on choice contained added multiple preserving agents and colourants) we asked if possible to have some tap water. It proved to be a terrible mistake, we were told that yes but we would have to pay for it, then told that if they bring a jug for us everyone else will be asking for it, then he brought a manager who was more rude than the server and plainly put it that even if we have children asking for water we would have to buy bottled water and she is not prepared to give us water for free, unnecessarily often stressing the ‘free’ word. There are far more many good things that are good about this hotel. It’s main let down it’s restaurant staff who are poor hospitality professionals and frankly plain rude.
  • Nigel Buckle From United Kingdom
    Sent on 17 December 2017
    I have stayed at the Orlovetz for 6 out of the last 8 years and will be returning in 2018 for another week. It has become my 'Winter retreat'. A modern hotel that stands out due to its prominent position and its design. The rooms are comfortable and warm with plenty of wardrobe space and an area to relax. The safe is in the wardrobe, which is really useful for your valuables. There is a decently equipped gym, a small pool (though you can also use the larger pool in the Perelik as well) a Sauna and massage treatments, great for those aches from the first days of skiing ! The restaurant was made larger a couple of years ago and now accommodates more guests. Both breakfast and dinner are buffet style, the food, in general, is of good quality and there usually at least four different options at dinner. There is a small bar in the lobby area and a Piano Bar on the top floor that has stunning views across the surrounding district. As it is the sister hotel to the Perelik there is a tunnelway that links the two and saves you going out in the snow if you choose to use the alternative facilities provided there. One of them being 'The Pub' (previously known as the Pampi Bar) plus a couple of night clubs and a bowling alley. Also as the Orlovetz is just across from the Schnezanka it is only a short walk to Daks Bar, often used as the first mornings meeting place for your ski passes etc.,which is a lively night spot with live music and very popular. In all a great Hotel within a great small town, try it , Pamper yourself !
  • Liz From England
    Sent on 19 November 2017
    I went with my daughter January 2018. I was a cheap half board flights included and we wasn’t expecting much.... but what a fantastic week we had!! Stayed at the Lion hotel which is about a 10-15 minute walk to the slopes/town. A free shuttle is provide by the hotel. The hotel and staff are lovely. The food was always varied and hot. My daughter and I are vegetarians and in only two nights were we disappointed with the choice - but we heaped up on pudding so didn’t go hungry. Am lucky enough to be going back in 2018.
  • val From United Kingdom
    Sent on 15 February 2017
    group of us just back from borovets.we arrived 4th feb 2017 and departed 11th feb.had a great time.hotel rila was fab.great gym and spa.food was good.ski school was great.we had a really good instructor Martin Hristov.he was really good with everyone took time to try and learn everyone.we all had a great time thankyou.will be back next yearx
  • Alison From England
    Sent on 15 January 2017
    I wonder if the poor review is really about the Winslow Elegance. We have been going for years. It does not serve food and never has done. However, the spacious accommodation is for self-catering. We have always found it to be clean and we have always found that the reception staff can not do enough for you. We are looking forward to our next visit in February, 2017, Bring it on!!
  • 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 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.
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