Bansko Lift Pass Prices 2010

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Bansko Gondola Lift Base Station. Lift Pass

Bansko Gondola Lift Base Station

Bansko lift pass prices 09/10 remain the same as last season. Prices range from 40 leva (EUR20.50) per day from 1st April 2010 to 55 leva (EUR 28 approx) per day high season. With mid season (to 23/12/09 and between 11/1/10 and 31/3/10) 50 leva (EUR 25.60) per day. Season lift pass is a wallet emptying 860 leva (EUR 441 approx). For children up to 12 years old the mid season lift pass is 30 leva day. UPDATE: 2010/11 prices the same as 09/10 season.

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In spite of the season ticket being two months salary for many Bulgarian workers, this is Bansko!  The fact is, that if you plan around 17 days or more of Bansko skiing this season, then investing in a season ticket makes sense – saves time and hassle too.

Now the GOOD NEWS… the prepay deal with BanskoBlog.com 20% discount off in resort ski /board hire and up to 60% off with the ski packages (tuition, ski/board hire). Pay in UK Pounds or EUROS.

Beginner courses start at just 230 euros per person for 4 hours instruction per day, ski/board boot hire, 6 day lift pass. For lift pass inclusive packages you need to book up 7 days in advance.  Just turn up and with your prepaid voucher you pick up your lift pass (no need for photo) and voucher for rental and instruction. It couldn’t be simpler. We work with BanskoSkiMania in Bansko, both jsut have a guaranteed 8 maximum in class (although average is four) and professional instruction… this school is recommend.

Both hire shops are very close to  the gondola lift and you can leave your skis and boots at the shops at the end of your day on the slopes. All have equipment which is either this season or last. Both service the skis between rental, including sharp edges and hot waxing.

This deal is only at prepaid price.

Four Steps To Book Your Discouted Ski Package

  1. subscribe here at BanskoBlog.com, and attached will be a SKI PACKAGE form to fill in and email back to us
  2. a quote will be sent to you for the two options
  3. you will then be instructed to pay BanskoBlog.com by PAYPAL
  4. you receive your voucher

If you just need a 6 day lift pass, and its seven days before you arrive, then please go direct to LIFT PASS page to pay for your discounted lift pass (adult €136 compared to €147.5 in resort). You will then receive an email detailing voucher pick up instructions (by the gondola).

Bansko lift pass prices 09/10 remain the same as last season. Prices range from 40 leva (€20.50)  per day from 1st April 2010 to 55 leva (€28 approx) per day high season. With mid season (to 23/12/09 and between 11/1/10 and 31/3/10) 50 leva (€25.60) per day. Season lift pass is a wallet emptying 860 leva (€441 approx). For children up to 12 years old the mid season lift pass is 30 leva day.

No Lift Pass Required For Bansko Nightlife

Gondola Picture Was Dull: So Here's A Happy End Dancer

In spite of the season ticket being two months salary for many Bulgarian workers, this is Bansko!  The fact is, that if you plan around 17 days or more of Bansko skiing this season, then investing in a season ticket makes sense – saves time and hassle too.

Now the GOOD NEWS… the prepay deal with BanskoBlog.com  25% discount off in resort ski hire and up to 60% off with the ski packages (tuition, ski/board hire).

Beginner courses start at just 230 euros per person for 4 hours instruction per day, ski/board boot hire, 6 day lift pass. For lift pass inclusive packages you need to book up 7 days in advance. Just turn up and with your prepaid voucher you pick up your lift pass (no need for photo) and voucher for rental and instruction. It couldn’t be simpler. We work with two of the very best hire and tuition shops in Bansko, both jsut have a  guaranteed 8 maximum in class (although average is four) and professional instruction… this school is recommend.

Both hire shops are very close to  the gondola lift and you can leave your skis and boots at the shops at the end of your day on the slopes. All have equipment which is either this season or last. Both service the skis between rental, including sharp edges and hot waxing.

This deal is only at prepaid price.

Four Steps To Book Your Discouted Ski Package

  1. subscribe here at BanskoBlog.com, and attached will be a SKI PACKAGE form to fill in and email back to us
  2. a quote will be sent to you for the two options
  3. you will then be instructed to pay BanskoBlog.com by PAYPAL
  4. you receive your voucher

If you just need a 6 day lift pass, and its seven days before you arrive, then please go direct to LIFT PASS page to pay for your discounted lift pass (adult €136 compared to €147.5 in resort). You will then receive an email detailing voucher pick up instructions (by the gondola). There are other Bulgaria resorts, such as Borovets, It’s a competitive world — and all of them charge much less for a lift pass than Bansko. OK, none of then enjoy all the snow making machines, and modern lift system of Bansko, but some charge no more than 15 leva (€7 approx) a day. So after a good dump of snow, I’ll be venturing into some of these smaller ski zones. Read on for why I think Bansko has not got a CLUE on how to promote itself — and why, for families, these prices are too high. Bansko Lift Pass Prices 09/10 from 01.12.2009 to 23.12.2009 inclusive and from 11.01.2010 to 31.03.201 inclusive

Period Adults Children up to 12 years old
1 day 50,00 30,00
2 days 97,00 59,00
3 days 147,00 89,00
4 days 194,00 117,00
5 days 242,00 146,00
6 days 283,00 171,00
9 days 393,00 237,00
13 days 545,00 329,00
1/2 day after 12:30 pm 37,00 23,00
Gondola lift (both ways) 18,00 14,00
Season Ski Pass 860,00 660,00

from 24.12.2009 to 10.01.2010 inclusive

Period Adults Children up to 12 years old
1 day 55,00 30,00
2 days 107,00 60,00
3 days 162,00 90,00
4 days 213,00 118,00
5 days 266,00 147,00
6 days 311,00 172,00
9 days 432,00 239,00
13 days 599,00 332,00
1/2 day after 12:30 pm 41,00 23,00
Gondola lift (both ways) 20,00 16,00
Season Ski Pass 860,00 660,00

from 01.04.2010 to 30.04.2010 inclusive

Period Adults Children up to 12 years old
1 day 40,00 24,00
2 days 78,00 48,00
3 days 118,00 72,00
4 days 156,00 94,00
5 days 194,00 117,00
6 days 227,00 137,00
9 days 315,00 190,00
13 days 437,00 264,00
1/2 day after 12:30 pm 30,00 19,00
Gondola lift (both ways) 16,00 13,00
Season Ski Pass 860,00 660,0

The season pass isn’t a subject to other price reductions. Mountain Insurance Include. VAT included.

Exchange rates

Currency
1 BGN = 0.51 EUR
1 BGN = 0.37 GBP
1 BGN = 0.74 USD

Value For Money? If you add up the approximate total cost for a family of four taking a ski holiday in a large two bedroom apartment including accommodation, transfer, lift pass, food and wine. you still get change out of EUR 1,600.  How? EUR 400  flights (EUR 100 each) EUR 400 — for 2 bed apartment ‚EUR 630 for 4 lift passes (2 adult s + 2 children) Save money by prepaying a 6 day lift pass ‚EUR 160  for food and wine (eating in + sandwiches for lunch) TOTAL: EUR 1,590 And for partying skiers where the night life involves drinking and clubs , then the savings on a night out really mount up compared to most of the Alps.

In the Alps (and much of the USA) a large  beer is EUR 9 compared to, typically, around 3 leva (EUR 1.5 approx) in ski season Bansko. But can be a lot less. For smarter bars and clubs expect 5 lev (EUR 2.5).

Why Bansko Needs Better Promotion? Bansko and the lift operator, ULEN need much better promotion. Everything is more competitive this year. Deciding to come to ski in Bansko competes with everything… like staying at home and watching TV, a hot vacation. In quiet periods ULEN should be really offering enticing deals such as: “buy 2 adult lift passes, get one child for FREE” or like the Three Valleys a “family of four discount” For example, the family lift pass price for the three valleys in France is EUR 742! More expensive, but better lift pass value than Bansko for the number of lifts and pistes you receive. Other deals Bansko could offer are:

  • seniors lift pass deal
  • beginners lift pass deal

Then there is are the key methods that are used to sell a product or service… PR, Advertising and Social Media (twitter, facebook, myspace etc). Bulgaria lags so far behind in the race with its competitors that they have barely moved from the starting line. The opportunity to promote this mountain resort as a quality value and all year round destination is there for the taking. World class golf, MTB, hiking, culture, jazz festival, film festival. Bansko should learn to embrace the new promotional tools to reap the huge benefits it provides to the local economy. At the moment, I have not much evidence of a Bansko that can adapt to market conditions. That all said, Skyscanner has just reported that flight searches for central and eastern europe are UP 154% on last year. This will mean that Bansko will prosper and benefit from the economic crisis. (UPDATE: IT DID 6% UP in 09/10 ski season.)

Conclusion I still believe Bansko offers an excellent value destination, but time will tell if they have their lift pass pricing correct this season. It may be Bansko will really evolve into the St Moritz of Eastern Europe. Yes really! I recently wrote about high end ski fashion having arrived in Bansko — and here there is more wealth than most would expect.

But if the future of Bansko’s growth and success is upscale tourism, then it must market its uniqueness and value. And deliver customer satisfaction in spades. Is Bansko an excellent value destination. Do you agree or disagree? Please comment below. Sign up for my “snogs” (snow blogs), lots of video reports. Be sure to take a look at ski fashion review 2010: https://banskoblog.com/2009/11/ski-fashion-2010/. Top brands revealed — and where to buy them in Bansko, Sofia, UK and online … …and please comment, email, twitter or call me on anything Bansko.

There are other Bulgaria resorts, such as Borovets, It’s a competitive world — and all of them charge much less for a lift pass than Bansko. OK, none of then enjoy all the snow making machines, and modern lift system of Bansko, but some charge no more than 15 leva (€7 approx) a day. So after a good dump of snow, I’ll be venturing into some of these smaller ski zones. Read on for why I think Bansko has not got a CLUE on how to promote itself — and why, for families, these prices are too high. Bansko Lift Pass Prices 09/10 from 01.12.2009 to 23.12.2009 inclusive and from 11.01.2010 to 31.03.201 inclusive

Period Adults Children up to 12 years old
1 day 50,00 30,00
2 days 97,00 59,00
3 days 147,00 89,00
4 days 194,00 117,00
5 days 242,00 146,00
6 days 283,00 171,00
9 days 393,00 237,00
13 days 545,00 329,00
1/2 day after 12:30 pm 37,00 23,00
Gondola lift (both ways) 18,00 14,00
Season Ski Pass 860,00 660,00

from 24.12.2009 to 10.01.2010 inclusive

Period Adults Children up to 12 years old
1 day 55,00 30,00
2 days 107,00 60,00
3 days 162,00 90,00
4 days 213,00 118,00
5 days 266,00 147,00
6 days 311,00 172,00
9 days 432,00 239,00
13 days 599,00 332,00
1/2 day after 12:30 pm 41,00 23,00
Gondola lift (both ways) 20,00 16,00
Season Ski Pass 860,00 660,00

from 01.04.2010 to 30.04.2010 inclusive

Period Adults Children up to 12 years old
1 day 40,00 24,00
2 days 78,00 48,00
3 days 118,00 72,00
4 days 156,00 94,00
5 days 194,00 117,00
6 days 227,00 137,00
9 days 315,00 190,00
13 days 437,00 264,00
1/2 day after 12:30 pm 30,00 19,00
Gondola lift (both ways) 16,00 13,00
Season Ski Pass 860,00 660,00

Children – up to 12 years 10 % off on Lift Pass when hiring Full Equipment Package. 15 % off on Lift Pass when hiring Full Equipment Package+Instructor. The season pass isn’t a subject to other price reductions. Mountain Insurance Include. VAT included.

Exchange rates

Currency
1 BGN = 0.51 EUR
1 BGN = 0.37 GBP
1 BGN = 0.74 USD

Value For Money? If you add up the approximate total cost for a family of four taking a ski holiday in a large two bedroom apartment including accommodation, transfer, lift pass, food and wine. you still get change out of €1,600.  How? €400 –  flights (€100 each) €400 — for 2 bed apartment €630  — for 4 lift passes (2 adult s + 2 children) Save money by prepaying a 6 day lift pass € 160 –  for food and wine (eating in + sandwiches for lunch) TOTAL: €1,590 And for partying skiers wher ethe night life involves drinking and clubs , then the savings on a night out really mount up cmpared to most of the Alps wherea large  beer is €9 compared to, typically, around 3 leva (€1.5 approx) in ski season Bansko. But can be a lot less 0 for smarter bars and clubs expect 5 lev (€2.5). 

Why Bansko Needs Better Promotion? Bansko and the lift operator, ULEN need much better promotion. Everything is more competitive this year. Deciding to come to ski in Bansko competes with everything… like staying at home and watching TV, a hot vacation. In quiet periods ULEN should be really offering enticing deals such as: “buy 2 adult lift passes, get one child for FREE” or like the Three Valleys a “family of four discount” For example, the family lift pass price for the three valleys in France is  €742! More expensive, but  better lift pass value than Bansko for the number of lifts and pistes you receive. Other deals Bansko could offer are:

  • seniors lift pass deal
  • beginners lift pass deal

Then there is are the key methods that are used to sell a product or service… PR, Advertising and Social Media (twitter, facebook, myspace etc). Bulgaria lags so far behind in the race with its competitors that they have barely moved from the starting line. The opportunity to promote this mountain resort as a quality value and all year round destination is there for the taking. World class golf, MTB, hiking, culture, jazz festival, film festival. Bansko should learn to embrace the new promotional tools to reap the huge benefits it provides to the local economy. At the moment, I have not much evidence of a Bansko that can adapt to market conditions. That all said, Skyscanner has just reported that flight searches for central and eastern europe are UP 154% on last year. This will mean that Bansko will prosper and benefit from the economic crisis.

Conclusion I still believe Bansko offers an excellent value destination, but time will tell if they have their lift pass pricing correct this season. It may be Bansko will really evolve into the St Moritz of Eastern Europe. Yes really! I recently wrote about high end ski fashion having arrived in Bansko — and here there is more wealth than most would expect.

But if the future of Bansko’s growth and success is upscale tourism, then it must market its uniqueness and value. And deliver customer satisfaction in spades.. Is Bansko an excellent value destination. Do you agree or disagree? Please comment below. Sign up for my “snogs” (snow blogs), lots of video reports. Be sure to take a look at ski fashion review 2010: https://banskoblog.com/2009/11/ski-fashion-2010/. Top brands revealed — and where to buy them in Bansko, Sofia, UK and online … …and please comment, email, twitter or call me on anything Bansko.

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10 Responses to “Bansko Lift Pass Prices 2010”

  1. Skyscanner.net says:

    Hi Lance,

    Intriguing post – I agree on the price issue – the draw of Bansko (and Bulgaria in general) is the price – and if they lose that price advantage – they are sure to lose skiers to cheaper locations like Borovets, and those in other countries like Romania.

    Also – I see you're using the Skyscanner widget – did you know we've got a new and better one that also shows flight prices? (see link: https://api.skyscanner.net/api/ajax/snippets/searc… )

    Have a good winter.

    cheers

    Sam
    http://www.Skyscanner.net
    Cheap Flight Site

    • LanceNelson says:

      Hi Sam, thanks for your comment.

      Bansko offers more than the sum of its parts. Higher lift pass price than Borovets for sure — and i would like to see some special low season and family offers.

      But the combination of a modern lift and piste system, all snow cannoned, combined with the magic "feel good factor" that the Pirin and old town Bansko radiate is unique. Unless anyone knows better, and i will stand corrected, I'm pretty sure other resorts in Romania, Greece, Serbia or Turkey don't have all of the above. You then add the Apres ski action in Bansko and it starts to look like a good deal!

      I like your new widget, will add this.

      Lance

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  3. Henning says:

    Hi Lance

    You are not answering when asking for a quote for lift and equipmnet

    • LanceNelson says:

      Hello Henning,

      Thank you for your comment. We have had over 150 requests and most of these are now bookings… so we have been a little behind processing all of these. Because of the savings the ski packages have been hugely. However, the backlog wil be cleared by Monday afternoon and we will be back on track for normal 48 hour turnaround.

      We have been working today and I see now they have put your quote out. however please accept my apologies for the delay.

      Lance

  4. barry moulder says:

    Hi Lance,
    A group of us are travelling to Bansko next Saturday and while we have been looking for lift passes online we noticed that you have to give 7 days notice to book the discounted passes. Why is this? Is there any way around it or will we be stuck paying full price when we arrive in resort?

    thanks

  5. LanceNelson says:

    Hi Barry, Thank you for your comment.

    When organising lift passes, last minute requests could affect the service level, so Iwe try and leave 7 days.

    However there is no problem if you order by this evening. Click contact menu to email me. Thanks

  6. Contactless says:

    As an aside, you may want to check out a fast developing discussion concerning 'contactless' enabled ski-passes. There's a growing body of evidence online to suggest that these new generation ski-pass cards can be interrogated by third-parties – and without the owners' consent! There are also various simple, (and perhaps most importantly low-cost), solutions that will shield unauthorised access; whilst ensuring that your ski-pass remains fully functional when needed. More information can be found at my blog: https://www.contactless.wordpress.com

    Here's hoping that this information proves useful in some way, (but if not then don't worry.) In the meantime, keep up the good work guys.

  7. Alec says:

    Hello Lance,

    Are the rates for lift passes 2012 published yet?

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