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.
     
  • Ana Whitton From UK
    Sent on 06 March 2019
    I wanted to write a proper review of our hotel and experience while in Pamporovo, so this is the addition to my email. We flew to Sofia and the pre booked taxi transport was waiting for us. The driver (Kosta) was wonderful and we felt really safe with him driving. Our flight was late and we arrived to the Dafovska hotel after midnight. The reception was open and they were waiting for us. We were given sandwiches and water and shown to our room. The rooms were spacious and warm, the beds comfortable, bathroom lovely and clean. Plenty of hot water, the towels were changed every day and bins emptied. The hotel has Jacuzzi, sauna and steam room which is 12 leva per person with towels. I would have liked the water in the Jacuzzi to be a bit warmer. We went in every day after skiing, apart from one when we tried a different hotel. Snezanka hotel has a swimming pool too. Its ok but it was too busy for us and we decided to stick with ours. Their changing rooms are very very small and you have to pay extra for the towels. We chose half board. There was many things to choose for breakfast, hot food, pancakes, fruit, cereal & toast. Apple & orange juice as well as many teas and coffees. I have to admit I always take my own tea bags . Not having to cook dinner after a day skiing was very welcome. There isn’t really a great choice for strict vegetarians, but I always managed to find tasty food to eat. You can buy drinks from the bar, or bring your own. There is a free shuttle bus that takes you to ski centre Malina. Very busy ski centre. We met with the representative Nelly there. I would have preferred to have the information on what time to be where when we arrived. Nelly organised our helmets (you need to rent this separately, 5 leva per person), ski equipment and our instructor. Well! I cannot give more glowing review for our instructor! Alex was amazing, very patient, very friendly and knowledgeable. We had lessons in the morning, then lunch, which he was very good to organise with the local bar, then another set of lessons. The food in the bars by the ski school and at the top of the slope was very good. Big portions, quickly delivered. I only needed soup at lunch time which were homemade and delicious. Staff, at the ski centre and gondolas, didn’t always speak a lot of English or smile enough but they were never the less very helpful especially with children and beginners. We skied on our last day too and we were picked up from the hotel by a taxi to be taken to the airport. This taxi driver was not so careful and good at driving and we could not wait to get to Sofia and get out of his car. The whole organisation of our trip with BulgariaSki was excellent! Thank you all
  • Richard From England
    Sent on 10 February 2019
    Have just spent 5 nights at the hotel for the second year. Still same high standards. Had a after ski massage with Kateriua, spot on girl knows her stuff. Highly recommended her.
  • 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!!
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