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Bansko, EE Ski Heaven

I got back from Bansko yesterday, I had a fckng great time, I wish it'd never end. anyway, the town was once a cultural centre of the BG renaissance, so it has a splendid architectural heritage. Nature adds up to the scenery, it's surrounded by the two highest mountains, Rila and Pirin. But what really makes the town a great place is the recent development of the ski zone, 50mln euro were invested so far (since 2002) and the project is not yet completed, more runs and lifts are coming up next year! in terms of skiing, Bansko was overshadowed by Pamporovo and Borovetz in the 80s and 90s, but now it's the hottest and most modern resort in EE. There are 63km of marked ski runs, including the longest in this part of Europe, 18km, connecting the ski zone to the town. 80% of the slopes have artificial snow, and the big run is lighted at night. the gondolla and the 5 major lifts are brand new doppelmayr-made, there are several lifts and drags left over from the 80's. the season is pretty long, from December to 30 April, but there's plenty of snow even in may, so some lifts may be left to operate for the local skiers. The hotel base is lagging behind the ski zaone's capacity, there are 5K beds and the capacity of the slopes is 10K ppl a day. however, with all that construction going on in Bansko (a 5 star hotel from the Kempinski chain will open in May) the tourists may soon be more than the locals (the population is bout 10K inhabitants) Prices are very very low, but quality of skiing is close to the world renowned resorts. A lot of foreigners buy land or apartments in the new parts of Bansko. you can check out the offers here
here are some pictures from the banskoski website











here's a map of the pistes
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hey, great thread, glad to see you've had fun!
the place looks really great though as you said Borovets is still the most famous in BG
 

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^^muahah, you're right, it looks like the lift serves only the flat "slope" :D but it's just an illusion or sth, this is actually the longest (and the most fucking old and slow) piece of equipment there. it goes to the top, so, sorry, no ladies contributed to this one.
but hey, building a ski center for a load of money under a great avalanch could be a woman's idea...
 

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An interesting piece of trivia, this city wasn't completely destroyed by the Germans or the Russians. A majority of the damage in Sofia was caused by the bombings of the American and British forces.
 

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While world was negotiating in Paris , London, and all the villages are saved, they found interesting to bomb beautiful cities in east : Sofia, Belgrade, Podgorica...Screw that!!! :(
 

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Nice pictures. What is the second biggest city in Bulgaria by the way?
 

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^well you know not a lot of cities were sparred.
London as you mention was heavily bombarded, and let's not mention other cities like Dresden and Warsaw...
It's sad. But it's too bad they didn't rebuild the buildings after the war, and quickly built ugly buildings instead
 

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Immediate post-war images are pretty gloomy... isn't there some better period to showcase "Old Sofia". I seem to remember there being another thread with a similar title already.
 

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actually the damage was nothing in comparison to what the nazis did to warsaw or minsk, or the allies to berlin and dresden. but of course, no one bothered to restore anything in Sofia, communists just built new buildings on place of the ruins and we now have a very eclectic centre. not very elegant, but at least diverse.
 
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