So the season opening event went off again with the usual pomp and ceremony however, this year a good level of snow was evident as well to put smiles on many a face in resort;)
Another good point is temperatures are low so snow cannons and piste preparations are firing on all cylinders and by next weekend the resort will be busy with tourists via tour operators and more. The resort still has a little rushed feel about it as businesses are still setting up but that is the BG way i suppose....
On the social front, which is where i know you want to reside, the place has a great feel for the coming season. The Happy End are finally getting their act together and Jager house over at La Passage should also prove to be an apres hit. together with Sunnys 87 Burger bar.
I am happy to say the town does seem to move up just a little in terms of service offering each year which means we are all moving in the right direction.
Le Retro are now open from 8am to 8pm throughout the season and are continuing to provide a great selection at a price that does not compromise the quality.
The Irish Harp have kept their game face on for this winter and still hold the only "Gastro Pub" in the village title! Duck, Quail and caviar are again on the menu plus Magners and Hobgoblin are on tap, yes tap! Finally new for this winter Irish Breakfast ! YES THEY ARE OPEN ALL DAY :)
Finally the "food and wine" restaurant at White Lavina complex is firing on all cylinders with popular manager Svetlana looking after your every need. Great looking menu, keenly priced and they've a great variable lunch menu on offer
So that's enough for now, please remember to get in touch with us for support on services in town and advanced payment/reservation through our online store (just hit the products button) for great discounts on equipment, lift passes, apartment services & transfers for both private and shared options.
See you soon
Well, I finally managed to get a day on the mountain today! Blinking cold but good fun none the less.......
Collected my day pass at 08:30 and walked straight on to the Gondola although i heard that later on it was quite busy. Headed straight to the top as we all do ;) and once i managed to defrost my nasal hair I was off on my new plank and in all honesty she rides beautifully....... OK, OK i know you want to know about the piste and not my lovely new board!
Plato was icy early on but softened up later, the old strip where the old drag lift ran was great and had about 6cm of soft stuff on top, Blue 5 again rode very well for most of the day as was the run down to the Mostra lift (known also as the secret chair). Only issues of the day were Blue 10 which had not been pisted and had a couple of rocks showing with moguls from yesterday and the last part of Red 4 running into Shilligarnika which was closed :(
The afternoon showed how tight the run back to the Gondola station can be with many learners (yes some were in Jeans as well) not really prepared or capable of handling themselves causing issues for others!
So all in all a good day with great weather and majority of pistes riding OK but, we will be in need of some more snow soon as cannons can only do so much and those bear/icy patches are slowly starting to creep through.
So now the season is officially upon us and tourists are now arriving by the coach load (still think a few less than last year but maybe that is just me!)
Good news is the municipal office had their last meeting of 2014 on Christmas eve with some important decisions being made for the winter season and big plans for 2015! We have summarised below and promise more blog posts will follow through the winter so keep an eye on our site and or drop us an email: email@example.com :)
24th December 2014:
New decisions concerning the regulation of activities for Bar and club touts on the territory of Bansko Municipality have been made. The regulation set requirements for uniforms and all outlets should register them in municipal administration Bansko. These changes are aimed at improving the control over their activities and reduce the incidence of unethical attitude towards guests of the resort!
Further information released about the services performed to date for construction works on the project "Rehabilitation of water supply and sewerage network of the town. Bansko and WWTP" of representatives of the contractor, company representatives, executing technical assistance for the project, as well as Deputy Mayor Stoycho Banenski.
Councilors approved the new management of forest areas owned by the Municipality of Bansko in relation to requirements for the management of municipal forests under the Forest Act. In this connection, will start production of Forestry plan in early 2015.
Local taxes and costs will be reviewed for 2015 but no exact details on costs have been disclosed at this time.
The council voted unanimously for the implementation of two new music festival in Bansko, which will be held in the summer of 2015:
"La Boheme Bansko Fest" is a festival of Balkan music, which will attract the stage names of popular and authentic Balkan music. Another music festival is named "Bansko beat" and will be held at the city football stadium. This brand new event will be attracted performers from different styles & will be contemporary in their style (pop, art rock, ethno musicians, R & B), one of the festival evenings will focus on the concert of a world-class performer.
More details will follow and we will keep you posted wherever possible!
The Bansko winter season opens on 13th December & this is a perfect opportunity to open our new online store where you can reserve and pay in advance for transfers, ski/board hire, group lessons and lift passes.
BTI will be here to support you all the way and if you have any questions, please feel free to contact our office and or visit our website for more.