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Bansko guided freeride ski and snowboard tour

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.



1 Day

Jan - Apr




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

Apart from the quality of the snow, Bansko boasts amazing landscapes and also a large diversity of terrains. There are different options for off-piste tree skiing and some wide-open slopes, as well as some large slopes that you can get to after a short hike.

The itinerary we follow will be tailored to you. We will choose where to go depending on your level and begin with some easier lines. Then we’ll decide which slopes to take according to the weather, snow and your abilities/preferences. Additionally, this trip is open for one or several days and we can even mix freeride with some ski touring / splitboarding in the Pirin and Rila mountain ranges.

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. Both beginners and experienced riders are welcome.

So, if you plan to come to Bulgaria next winter and 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 take you out for a great time in the Pirin mountains. 

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

Price includes

- Guiding fee

Price details

Price does not include splitboard / touring ski and avalanche equipment. You can rent beacon, probe and shovel for 20 euros per day.


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.

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.


What are some recommended accommodations near our adventure location?

We understand that finding the perfect place to stay is an essential part of your adventure experience. To help you with this, we’ve curated a list of three highly recommended hotels that offer comfort, convenience, and a touch of local charm. These accommodations are well-suited for adventurers looking to relax and rejuvenate after an exciting day of exploration
Hotel Pirin Bansko Bulgaria
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Hotel Lion Bansko Bulgaria
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Strazhite Hotel Bansko Bulgaria
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About the guide

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Mountain Leader

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 about this trip



Fantastic guide and amazing terrain for freeriding and splitboarding, not crowded.



Guide was professional and safe. The trip we made was pretty much all I hoped. Everything (planning, guidance for rentals and the trip) worked out like a charm.



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!!!



Best guy, very experienced and friendly. Knows the Bansko Mountains perfect! Was a pleasure gettin to know Niki!



Great free-ride ski experience with Niki and Javo, our two very friendly and knowledgeable guides. Probably the best guides you can get in Bansko!  In addition, Niki helped to arrange for everything: transport to/from the airport, indication of best places to eat & chill-out. Definitely strongly recommended!

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