One of the biggest achievements for any ski resort is the chance to host events that are part of the FIS World Cup. This year will be the 8th time the World Cup has come to Bansko, following the Snowboard WC which took place the last two years, and plans are set for another two WCs in 2020 and 2021. For 2019, there will be 3 alpine skiing races taking place on the 22nd, 23rd and 24th of February.
February 22, 2019 – Alpine Combination
February 23, 2019 – Super Giant Slalom
February 24, 2019 – Giant Slalom
The race courses will cover about 1/3rd of the Bansko ski area, with the finish line at Bunderishka Poliana (top gondola station). Due to the requirements of the race course, these slopes will probably be closed well before the race itself starts for preparations. This may cause some chaos, as February is the peak of the ski season and Bansko is very crowded. Slopes that will be closed are the Tomba, Todorka and part of the Balkaniada ski runs. We don’t know how long exactly these slopes will be closed, but our best guess is that parts of these slopes will be closed 2-3 weeks before the race.
Bansko is probably one of the cheapest options for Alpine Skiing fans to come and watch a World Cup live. This year the spectators’ tribunes will require tickets, which can be purchased directly from the resort. Prices are 40lv (20 euros) for 1 day and 90lv (45 euros) for all 3 days. Children under 12 can access the tribunes for 1lv, but only when accompanied by an adult. Included in the ticket price is two-way access to the gondola and shuttle buses that will take you to the ski area. Keep in mind that during this time of year there will be a queue for the gondola, so make sure to head up well before the race starts. You’ll also find better seats in the spectators’ area. Watching the race from the side of the slopes is free, but you will need to buy a lift pass for the gondola (30lv for 2-ways) or go up by car.
Let’s not forget ski legend Bode Miller’s epic crash from the 2012 GS WC in Bansko.
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