55 cannons will blow snow in Bansko this winter

55 cannons will blow snow in Bansko this winter

24Hours, 03.09.05, Tichomir Tonchev

55 cannons will blow snow in Bansko, for the new skiing season, after 10 new cannons were installed in the resort. The ski zone turned the small town into a resort of European class! The total length of the pistes is 65 kilometers, said Ivan Obreikov, a head of the concessionary firm. It invested 3 million BGN for the new season. The dangerous sites of the pistes are secured by fences. The construction of the fences is done according to the plans of the Austrian firm Meingast. The pistes are grassed and secured against erosion. The slopes of the traces are strengthened against falling rocks, which will also be grassed. New channels for draining were built against the heavy rains. In that way the water will fall down straight to Damyanishka River. The new snow cannons are from the leading Italian mark Techno alpine and are based along the ski road Shiligarnika- Banderishka polyana. Thus the ring of pistes with artificial snow will be closed. This will allow the skiers to change the different pistes even if the snow is not enough. If the temperature is below minus 3 degrees Celsius, the cannons can work on their full capacity even in November. Two brand new slope maintenance vehicles were bought for the maintenance of the ski pistes. This will guarantee the great maintained slopes. In spite of the fact that the pistes are easy accessible by a fast cabin lift with a capacity of 2400 people per hour, tourists with automobiles will also feel comfortable. The wholes along the road to the ski zone are repaired and the last 3, 5 kilometers of the road to Banderishka polyana and Shiligarnika are already asphalted. There is a project for securing the sites which are endangered by avalanches. However they are out of the zone of the concession and thus the decision should be made from the Ministry of Ecology. Bansko is preparing to host important competitions during the winter, said Obreikov. From 21- 28th of January the World Championship for journalists will take place! The resort will also host a round from the Balkan cup for ski- alpine disciplines. The world federation has already viewed the site, because they want it to host for a round of the European resort and than for the world. Ski lovers will have the opportunity for night skiing along the 650 meters long piste. Torches will be given to tourists as attractions, they will be able to attach them on their helmets and thus they will be able to ski from Banderishka ployana to Bansko. 100- 150 ski instructors will prepare the beginners for the great fun in the snow. The ski shacks have already supplied 3000 pairs of ski Atomic and Solomon. The third mobile phone operator will allow its users to use perfect communication services. The new winter season in Bansko will start with 2 500 new beds. 200 new buildings for over 100 million euro are being constructed. The Investors interest hasnt ceased in spite of the fact that the price of the land is over 160 euro per square meter. All good terrains are already sold. The beds in the resort will be over 7500 this winter season, said the mayor of the municipal Alexander Kravarov. 2000 will be the new apartments. They are being sold mainly to people from foreign countries. The construction works in Bansko at the moment are assessed to be over 100 million euro. The most fashionable of the new hotels is Kempinski. It opened during the summer. The five star hotel is just next to the Gondolata- the first station of the main lift. Kempinski has 300 beds. One more, nice hotel- the four star Lion will also start welcoming guests this winter. It is situated right in front of Perun complex in Gramadeto site. It also offers around 300 beds. Lion is part of a famous hotel chain on the seaside and in Sofia. Enterprisers from Russia are building a complex St. Ivan, but it wont be ready for the new season. The complex will be on 70 decares. Investor is the International Technical Complex St Ivan. The complex will host family residential buildings and a four star hotel part with swimming pools, tennis courts and even horseback riding site. A new vacation village is also being constructed close by the resorts stadium, but it wont be ready until New Year. Tampelier complex is ready. It became famous for the fact that Hristo Stoichkov owns an apartment there. For the moment there is a balance between the capacity of the hotels and that of the ski equipment, said Kravarov. Over 200 sites are being constructed at the moment. This number does no include the houses and family hotels which are also being developed. Over 200 are the individual restaurants, mechanas, and this number does not include the restaurants of the hotels. According to speculations over 400 000 people had their winter holiday in Bansko, during the last season. Around 100 000 were the visitors during the summer. Kravarov said that he is expecting a growth in the number of holidaymakers during the new season. However it wouldnt be like last years. The main reason is that Bansko has now reached its capacity. The summer center- Bansko is also about to be developed. At least one or two golf- playgrounds are about to be constructed. At the moment the first terrain is being developed in Razlog. The construction works in the resort will be stopped after December 20th. A special order for the ceasing of the construction works will be announces by the mayor Alexander Kravarov. Only the finishing works will be allowed. This will be during the opening of the new season in Bansko- between 15th and 20th December. The huge construction will inevitably lead to water shortage during the next year, warned Kravarov. There are already problems with the drain system. There is already a project for additional water supply from the Karamanica site, just below Damianitsa chalet, but they were still waiting for the decision of the Ministry. It we do not decide the problem with the water supply till the Summer, we will have to temporary stop the construction works in Bansko, announced Kravarov. According to the legislation for territory plans- a two year prohibition for construction works could be brought to enterprisers. During that time the municipal council should accept a new resort plan.
     
  • 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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