Bansko Season Opening 2017/18


Winter isn’t coming, it’s already here! Bansko will officially open its lifts on Saturday, the 16th of December with a spectacular show and full day of fun and games. Special guests this year are Marc Girardelli and Kristian Ghedina, one of the best Italian alpine skiers of all time. If you can’t wait until Saturday, resort management has already opened some ski runs with lift prices at 30 leva a day until the 19th of December.

Currently, only the Kolarski and Kotvata ski runs are open, as well as Bunderishka Poliana. The forecast now is for more snow over the weekend, so more ski runs should be opening soon.

photo courtesy of Martin

photo courtesy of Martin (13.12.2017)

photo courtesy of Martin 13.12.2017

photo courtesy of Martin (13.12.2017)

The highlight of the opening day is the “Treasure Hunt” game, where the grand prize is a brand new car. Other games include “Skiing with the Champs”, where participants are split into two teams, each headed by one of the special guests and new for this year – “Find Gold on the Lifts”. We couldn’t find much information about this game, but the name speaks for itself. The festivities start at 13:00 on Bunderishka Poliana. Afterwards, the party will move to the central square in Bansko.

treasure hunt

Last year’s treasure hunt.

New in Bansko for 2017/18

This year there are no knew lifts, but new snow cannons have been mounted on some of the slopes, which didn’t have snowmaking facilities until now. Most notably the top of the N.2 and N.4 slopes have artificial snow cannons.

New for Traventuria for 2017/18

The biggest news about us is that we’ve doubled the size of our rental shop! With the addition of a second story, there is double the space and more lockers and boot dryers. Also, we have hundreds of new pairs of skis, boots and snowboards from top brands. We’ll be writing more detailed posts about this throughout the week, so make sure to check back.

Ski & Board Traventuria is a leading provider of lift passes, equipment rental, airport transfers and ski school for the Bansko area. To book your next ski vacation in Bansko with us, please check our website –

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