Guidebook

Fast and Fun Freerides in Bansko

The finest off-piste ski lines in Bulagria's leading freeride resort.

Description

Nestled at the foot of the Pirin mountains, Bansko sits at 1200 metres and is one of the best known ski areas in Eastern Europe. It's hosted FIS World Cup alpine ski races and holds regular biathlon events too. It's also becoming an increasingly popular destination for adventurous skiers who want quieter, wilder - and cheaper - mountain towns than are generally found in the Alps.

In 2003 the town and ski area received a major upgrade when a gondola was installed to link the main settlement of Bankso with the ski slopes, removing the need to drive up to the lifts. As well as this gondola, Bansko also has 14 lifts which access over 1000 vertical metres of terrain. Most of the terrain is relatively mellow so Bansko is an ideal place for skiers who aren't seeking steep and scary runs, and just want to find some smile-inducing turns.

Showcased here are 4 freeride routes which will get you started on your journey of exploration through this thriving resort and the Pirin National Park.

Echmishte (the bowl)
The best Routes on FATMAP, hand-picked by FATMAP’s Editorial team.

Echmishte (the bowl)

Bansko
409 m
35 °
N
0 m
1.3 km
A demanding but short and easy-access run.
Difficult
Private
The Plato freeride
The best Routes on FATMAP, hand-picked by FATMAP’s Editorial team.

The Plato freeride

Bansko
279 m
25 °
NE
0 m
1.1 km
Easy access from the resort and an easy wide open descent.
Easy
Private
Todorka peak North face
The best Routes on FATMAP, hand-picked by FATMAP’s Editorial team.

Todorka peak North face

Bansko
347 m
45 °
N
208 m
1.6 km
Todorka peak iis the closest peak to the resort of Bansko and one of the most picturesque summit in Pirin mountains
Severe
Private
Todorka West face
The best Routes on FATMAP, hand-picked by FATMAP’s Editorial team.

Todorka West face

Bansko
1,133 m
41 °
NW
40 m
5.4 km
A long and steep descent from top to bottom, an epic ski line.
Difficult
Private