Bansko, Bulgaria 2/14/2019

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Timski
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Fri Feb 15, 2019 12:56 am

Bansko is a budget destination for Europeans. Lift ticket about $30.00. I'm here in Greece visiting family, and was 2.5 hours away so did a day trip yesterday. This weekend I'll be hitting the local mountains, even cheaper, lift tickets under $10.00. Bansko hosts the men's world cup next weekend. Preparation:
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The surface is a very smooth carpet of frozen granular. I know because I skiid down the top half not realizing it was forbidden and had to take a short walk to get off the slope. I did not lose my ticket.
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The stands can be seen in the following image:

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The slopes were nicely, groomed, some moguls available, (although besides myself I didn't see anyone on them), some nice off-piste areas. Some parts closed due to Avalanche danger.

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How can I add a video (from my Android phone)?
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davidski
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Fri Feb 15, 2019 9:29 am

Awesome, what's the vertical, clearly skiing both above and below the timberline
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Fri Feb 15, 2019 11:39 am

True vertical is about 3200 feet using two lifts. More practical for me was lapping either the top lift only or another lift servicing roughly 2800 ft. The longest run is 10.5 miles only doable once per day if you park in town and pay $15.00 for the gondola. Including that, they claim 5,300 ft vertical.
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Fri Feb 15, 2019 3:38 pm

That's a cool looking area. Thanks for the report! Always fun to look at.
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Thu Feb 21, 2019 10:24 am

Nice photos Timski. I've never made it to Bulgaria, but it's on my list to try if the opportunity arises.
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Sun Feb 24, 2019 4:13 pm

wow. is that setting the record for remote / obscure trip reports here ?
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