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.




Trip Duration

1+ day

Mountain Range


People per Guide

5 people

Trip Level


Offer Period

Jan, Feb, Mar, Apr

Type of Trip



  • Enjoy freeride skiing and snowboarding in one of the best spots in Bulgaria.

  • Contemplate stunning landscapes and discover the variety of terrains.

  • Take a ride according to your level of experience.


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 been 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 to 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. 

I also lead an introductory splitboarding course in the area. Check it out!

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Price per person, per day

Group of 1
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.

Other details

Skill level required


Fitness level required


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.


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.



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What People are Saying

  • 19 reviews


Did a trip in Feb 2019 with Nikolay. This is the second year we have been with him. Brilliant day out with hiking and riding off the beaten track. I would highly reccomend this if you\'re looking for an experience off the slopes!!!
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Red Hodgkinson
This is our second time with Nikolay and it did not disappoint. I would highly recommend!!
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Red Hodgkinson
Nikolay Pavlov is an experienced guide with intimate knowledge of the terrain and conditions in Bansko. A great half day trip with two summits on a very short notice. Additionally good company to ride with.
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Perttu Prusi
Nikolay is an awesome guide who is clearly very experienced. We planned to climb+ride Todorka in late January but due to snow storms and high winds we had to postpone the trip. However as soon as the conditions had improved and the avalanche risk was manageable Nikolay called me to say its game on for tomorrow if that works for me. We had an awesome day riding and I learnt so much from Nikolay about Avalanches, exposure and climbing. Would definitely recommend! Cheers!
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Jake English

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