Bansko guided freeride ski and snowboard tour

Experience Bansko and its amazing freeride skiing together with Nikolay, a Bulgarian certified mountain leader and an expert on the Pirin and Rila mountain ranges.

 
 
 

Details

 

Trip Duration

1+ day

Mountain Range

Pirin

People per Guide

5 people

Trip Level

Intermediate

Offer Period

Jan, Feb, Mar, Apr

Type of Trip

Not specified


 
Join me for one or several days of freeride skiing and snowboarding in Bansko, the best spot in Bulgaria to enjoy real powder snow.

Bansko is a city and a winter sports center located at the base of Mount Pirin in Bulgaria. It’s located at 925 meters asl. You’ll find in Bansko a lot of untouched powder ski runs because this place is not yet well-known among the freeride and snowboarding community.

Apart from the quality of the snow, you’ll find amazing landscapes and also a large diversity of terrain. There are different options for off-piste: tree skiing and some wide open slopes, as well as some large slopes accessible after a hike.

The exact terrain we choose will depend on your level: we will start with some easier lines and then we’ll decide which slopes to take according to the weather, snow and your abilities/preferences.

I have started snowboarding here in the 90′ and since 2004 I’ve guiding my friends and clients to all the secret powder spots around Bansko.

We can plan together one or several days of freeride skiing and snowboarding outside the pistes, using the lifts and going down where very few people go.

We can even mix freeride with some ski touring / splitboarding in the Pirin and Rila mountain ranges, for one or several days.

I will take max 5 people with me. I like guiding small groups because it’s safer but also because we can do more in one day. If you are a larger group, I will ask a colleague of mine to join us.

Skiing and snowboarding off piste in Bansko is suitable for all levels, for beginners as well as experienced riders.

The season goes from January till May. For several years, March has been the best month for powder snow here.

If you plan to come in Bulgaria next winter and if you want to have an amazing off the beaten tracks ski experience, get in touch with me. I’ll be happy to guide you in Bansko and let you enjoy a great time in the Pirin mountains. 

 

Price per person per day

 
1 Person
130 EUR

Group of 2
65 EUR

Group of 3
55 EUR

Group of 4
40 EUR

Group of 5
35 EUR

Group of 6
35 EUR

Group of 7
35 EUR

 

Price includes

 
  • Guiding fee
 Price does not include ski or avalanche equipment. You can rent beacon, probe and shovel for 10 euros per day. The food included in the price is a small energy pack.
 

 

What happens if I need to cancel the trip?
If you decide to cancel, you’ll get a 100% refund (minus fees) if the cancellation is notified up to 60 days before the start of the tour, a 75% refund (minus fees) if you cancel between 59 and 30 days before the start of the tour, and a 50% refund if you cancel between 29 and 21 days before the start of the tour. If you cancel less than 21 days before the first day of the tour, you won’t receive a refund.Take into account, however, that if accommodation, flights or transfers were included in the trip you booked, then a different policy may apply as the guide will be bound by the provider’s cancellation policy.

What happens if the guide cancels the trip because of bad weather/unsuitable conditions?
If bad weather or unsuitable conditions force the guide to cancel the trip, he or she will: a) propose a similar activity at a different place where conditions are better, or b) propose to postpone the activity until a later date, or c) cancel. If you refuse option a), our cancellation policy will apply. Please note, however, that the call to cancel a trip due to bad weather can only be made by the guide (not the client).

What happens if the guide doesn’t show up or cancels for personal reasons?
If the guide cancels for reason of injury or other, you will get a 100% refund on your trip.

 

Other details

 
Skill level required
Intermediate
Fitness level required
Fit
Meeting point
We can meet in Bansko directly. One option to get here is with a private transfer from the airport in Sofia or other pick up point. This costs 60 euros one way and I can arrange it for you. Another option is by public transport by bus. Some companies start from the Central Bus Station, others start from Ovcha Kupel Bus Station. The cost of the ticket is between 7 to 9 euros.
Accommodation

If you are looking for an accommodation during your stay in Bansko, I recommend you to stay in Strakova-Kashta hotel

More info

- Ski and snowboard equipment can be rented in Sofia and Bansko. I can help you with that. But sizes are limited so it's much better to come with your own equipment.
- You can also rent Avalanche Safety equipment (transceiver, shovel and probe).
- You must have your own insurance. We will discuss about this point when you get in touch with me.
- I can help you arranging transfers, accommodation, lift passes for the Bansko ski area.

 

About the Guide

 
 

I started snowboarding when only a few people were doing it. At the time, it was just an emerging sport. We used to experiment modifying our equipment by hand. We didn't know about first lines or powder days, we were simply having fun and enjoying amazing snow.
As things got more serious, I gained experience and learned more about the mountains. I found so many new possibilities!
From the mountains, I learned how to enjoy with just the essentials, to travel lightly and to cherish the company of a friend on the snow. But I also learned responsibility and learned from my mistakes.
This passion led me in 1994 to the Himalayas, where the beauty of the scenery and the amazing peaks were almost overwhelming. In summer, I started exploring the mountain and in this way I discovered climbing.
All of this inspired me to become a professional. Now I have a Ski Instructor Qualification Class C, a Professional Mountain Leader UIMLA Qualification and in 2009 I became the first Bulgarian snowboard guide. Since 2017, I'm a snowboard Instructor qualification Level “3” and international ISIA.

 
 
FROM 35 EUR per person
per day
 

 

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