Snowboarding in Bansko

As a destination for snowboarders Bansko has something for every kind of rider. OK so Bansko might not have the biggest mountain in he world but that doesn't mean it's not challenging or fun no matter what level your snowboarding is at. Professional snowboarder and Volcom team rider Gigi Ruf once said in an interview that Bansko was one of his favourite places to snowboard.

Bansko for Freeride Snowboarding

For the freeride snowboarders Bansko offers untouched terrain. The gondola takes you from the base station in Bansko town to the mid station halfway up the mountain. From the mid station you can choose where you want snowboard and where to explore. When Bansko gets a good dump of snow the tree lines really open up, providing snowboarders with some very exciting and interesting runs. If you choose to take the chair lifts right to the top and you are up for a hike, Bansko offers some great off piste and backcountry opportunities but if you are going to venture out of bounds, please remember to take all of the correct safety equipment for snowboarding in these conditions including a first aid kit, avalanche transceiver, shovel, probes and never go off piste alone!

Bansko for Freestyle Snowboarders

Bansko's snowboard park is sure to keep any parkrat or jibber happy. Bansko's snowboard park is well designed and has a good selection of kickers, jumps, booters and rails of all shapes and sizes and caters for all kinds of snowboarders from beginners to pros.

Bansko Pistes

Bansko has a fleet of 20 piste bashers so you can guarantee that all of Bansko's pistes are very well maintained. There are a good selection of pistes for all levels of snowboarder. There are two main chair lift which take you just under the very top of Bansko's Todurka peak. From there you have a choice of nicely groomed runs that take you down to the halfway station from the half way station you can ride right back down to Bansko however we do not really recommend this to beginners as the blue run down to Bansko is quite flat in places and requires you to keep quite a lot of speed. The Bansko ski area is broken down to 35% beginner pistes, 40% intermediate/advanced pistes and 25% expert pistes.

Beginner Snowboarders

Bansko is a perfect resort for someone who is just starting out on their snowboarding adventure. There is great selection of snowboard schools, both British and Bulgarian that offer lessons at a fraction of the overpriced French resorts. With the lift passes costing about half the price of the resorts in France, you get better value for your money as most people trying snowboarding for the first or second time don't really need a lift pass that covers 1000s of km of pistes.

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