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Bansko Ski Touring & Freeride

Due to its key location amidst the biggest mountains of Bulgaria, Bansko is a good spot to organize day ski touring and off piste riding trips both to Rila and Pirin ranges. Of course, the most straightforward choice would be to search for solitude and the untracked snow near the ski area. But also, if you are happy with a short drive and to put some effort in the uphill, you’ll have the chance to reach interesting and unexplored terrain, away from the resort hustle. We can offer off-piste ski and snowboard day trips to: Bansko ski area – Todorka Peak, Vihren Valley, Bezbog area, Yavorov Hut, Dautov Peak, Rila Mountains – Semkovo area. We cover all levels – from basic introduction in ski touring, off-piste riding and avalanche safety for beginners, to advanced touring and riding. Please check the tabbed content for photos and more info on the different areas.

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Option 1: Bansko & Todorka

Bansko

Off-piste in Bansko ski area. There are numerous options for off-piste skiing near the ski zone of Bansko, located in the Pirin Mountains, both for beginners and more advanced skiers. In suitable snow conditions there is easy access from some of the lifts to the steep and large coniferous forests, as well as to some of the gulleys of the west slopes of Todorka.

Todorka

Next, a 1h of bootpacking with the skis on your back would provide other interesting options to ski down the east and the west slopes of the top of Todorka Peak above the ski area and to have a stroll through the valleys on the sides of the resort or to put your skis on and further aim some less visited area. Another option on the side of the resort is touring the peak of Cherna Mogila. Although easy to access, many of these routes are risky in certain conditions, so proper judgement is essential.
Day 1
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Option 2: Bezbog area

Bezbog

Ski touring in Bezbog area. The old but gold chair lift of Bezbog provides a high start for any ski tour – the top station is located at 2240m. There are a couple of peaks to climb (Bezbog Peak, Polezan Peak, Disilitsa), as well as options to ski down slopes, suitable for intermediate or advanced skiers. The forests of Bezbog are accessible by the lift and in good conditions are a lot of fun. The bottom lift station is around а 45 min drive from Bansko.
Day 2
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Option 3: Vihren Valley

Vihren

Ski touring the valley of Vihren. That is the valley located southeast from the highest peak of Pirin and from the jagged Marble Ridge. The most obvious objective is the peak of Vihren itself, although it requires good endurance. A great and safe alternative to climb is the peak of Hvoynati. 1000 m of ascent from the starting point and a good choice of moderate lines to descent. Other options include the peaks of Muratov, Malka Todorka and Donchovi Karauli. The start point of the route is the ski zone of Bansko.

Bansko

The start point of the route is the ski zone of Bansko.
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Option 4: Dautov area

Dautov area

Ski touring the area of Dautov Peak. This is a less visited area which offers us a straightforward ascent and descent through various terrain and landscapes –large broadleaf and coniferous forests and wide open slopes higher up. It’s around 30 min drive from Bansko.
Day 4
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Option 5: Yavorov Hut

Yavorov Hut

Ski touring in Yavorov Hut area. This is a good option for a day trip in unfavourable weather conditions. The hut itself is located at 1740 m above sea level, but the starting point (Betolovoto area) is relatively low – at around 1200. Although the snow is usually not a problem, reaching the highest parts of the mountain would be more demanding with such a low start. Still Yavorov offers some excellent tree skiing, a nice hut for a cup of hot tea on the way and options to climb further above the tree line and even reach the main ridge of the mountain. It’s around 20 min drive from Bansko.
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Option 6: Semkovo

Semkovo in Rila

Ski touring in Semkovo area in the Rila Mountains. The small and tranquil ski area of Semkovo reminds me of the old times of Communism and is in a huge contrast to the bustling Bansko area. It provides access to the main ridge of the Rila Mountains, with mostly mild terrain and some beautiful coniferous forests. It’s around 1h drive from Bansko.

Equipment Needed

touring skis
ski touring bindings with ski/walk mode and brakes or straps
climbing skins
ski crampons
poles
AT ski boots – with rubber sole and ski/walk mode
beacon
shovel
probe
Rucksack 35-45l
water and wind-proof trousers and jacket with hood
2 pairs of gloves – small ones for touring and ski gloves
sun glasses
sun block
sun hat
warm hat
ski goggles
travel liner for the huts
water bottle or flask (1l)
snacks, personal first aid kit
It is possible to rent all of the above from Sofia, please contact us.

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Contact us if you have any additional questions. If you would like to purchase this tour package for 1 or 8+ people, please speak to us or fill out our form and we wll prepare a custom quote for you.

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