Ski and snowboard hire, lessons, lift passes and transfers

Sep 15, 2012 No Comments by

Bansko ski and snowboard hire, ski school, lift passes and transfers for 2013/14 are early booking now at 15% discount. free..Save 15% resort prices. Click on widget above to check prices and to make your booking.

*  Fit and collect equipment and lift passes the afternoon before rental start, if you wish.
*  Lift passes include mountain insurance. 
*  Overnight storage of all your equipment in the shops, for free. FAQ’s.
*  Easy online booking, the one stop shop for all your requirements.
*  Recommended by hundreds of past clients — You Say.
*  Book with complete peace of mind with our 100% happiness guarantee.
*  Leave your skis, snowboards, poles, boots, helmets at the skimania ski shops.
*  Low cost fully insured transport options for up to 40 persons.
*  Locations, just 50m from gondola.

*  Click here for all prices.

*  Only book and pay for what you need.


Book online your ski package online by clicking on the widget at top of page, or below. Booking with Bansko Blog saves you money, whilst helping ensure that I continue providing snow reports, restaurant reviews, the live web cam, the Bansko 5 star rated mobile apps and more — all for free..

Bansko ski hire

Ski hire is a significant part of a ski holiday’s expense — and one worth saving money on. But it is never worth sacrificing quality, or choice, for.

Having been skiing since the age of 5, I’m familiar with the first day hassle; hire, lift passes, ski school and lessons.

The packages here are designed to ensure you can relax and enjoy a smooth start to your Bansko holiday, whilst getting the best value deal available.

Ski school group class sizes are generally under five persons, outside peak holiday periods.

Booking in advance is essential.

Please allow at least three days’ notice before arrival and six days if ordering lift passes.


Why prepay?

bansko ski hire

New VIP Snowboards


Turning up in any ski resort and hiring your gear is fine… but you will pay more than you need.

Prepay assists planning schedules. It saves money  and this is passed on in the rates we offer, exclusive to Bansko Blog readers.

BanskoSkiMania enjoy a fine reputation for quality service, small class sizes and reliability. Click You Say for comments on the ski package service.

We focus on delivering the best value for money in Bansko. Top brand, and mainly new, equipment; always serviced.

Small class sizes, enthusiastic and dedicated instructors as well as conveniently located shops right by the main gondola lift.

Don’t risk the quality of your ski school and ski hire, book online today.

Not sure what you need? We are here to answer your questions and to ensure that you have the right equipment and instruction for your needs; contact.


100% money back happiness guarantees

If your flight to Bulgaria, and subsequently holiday, is cancelled due to:

  • Volcanic ash
  • Inclement weather
You have my 100%, no quibble, money back refund. We undertake to complete your refund within 24 hours of notice. Transfer cancellation must be cancelled by email before arrival. 
  • Instruction guarantee
If,  for any reason whatsoever, you feel your lesson was not satisfactory, then explain to the shop manager the same day and you’ll receive another equivalent lesson, absolutely free.
Video interview: How to chose ski and snowboard hire & lessons in Bansko


Eleven reasons for booking your hire, lessons, lift passes & transfers online with Bansko Blog

1.  Avoid hassle and be prepared for your first day — ski/board rental + lift pass pick up on arrival in Bansko the day before (if you can). Be ready for your first day on the slopes. Ski shop may open up to 10:00pm, by prior arrangement.

2.  Flexibility to upgrade to VIP (twin tip and all mountain) skis and snowboards.

3.  Location & convenience — two hire centres within 50m of the gondola. No more walking with ski gear.

4.  Experienced and knowledgeable staff in the business for twelve years.

5.  200 brand new skis and snowboards for 2013/14. 170 new ski / snowboard boots for 2013/14. All serviced.

6.  Peace of mind. English speaking instructors — properly qualified to teach you, and your children, in Bansko.

7.  Salomon, Head and Hart Super Shape Advanced Slalom and Giant Slalom Skis. WhiteDot Freeride & Freestyle demo skis.

8.  Free helmet hire for children. New adult helmets for hire. Save by prebooking these too.

9. Transfers with free WiFi*. Insured drivers, in properly serviced vehicles, with winter  tyres.

10. Save money over in resort prices. Avoid expensive overseas credit and debit card charges.

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BanskoSkiMania: right opposite gondola

Pay by credit / debit card (via PayPal) or by telephone with your credit or debit card.

* Transfers have free WiFi — subject to availability.


Does pre paying for a lift pass always save money?

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There is a risk that adverse weather may prevent skiing on all six days, or indeed you take a day off.

Check out 2012/13 lift pass prices (2013/14 prices will be posted here as soon as they are known)
NOTE: Lift passes INCLUDE mountain insurance.

Please arrange adequate winter sports cover at the the time of booking.


Location of  ski shops

(Address: 115 Pirin Street, Bansko)

Shop 1:   located  30m past the lights (close to gondola lift) on the left

Shop 2:   located opposite the car park road to the gondola lift, just 20m up from shop 1, on the left hand side

Shop 3:   (standard & advanced skis and snowboards) is located opposite shop 1. It’s on the right looking up the mountain

GOOGLE map click BanskoSkiMania for locations


Weather conditions

  • Unforeseen circumstances can happen.
  • It is highly advisable to buy insurance that covers lift closure and holiday cancellation.
  • 6 day and 13 day lift passes include mountain insurance.

If you plan 27+ days skiing in Bansko, then buying a season pass is a good option. It’s easy to buy a lift pass at gondola station, they take a digital picture. It’s all pretty quick if there is no queue. Click for more info on Lift Pass Prices. In resort lift pass purchase: Buy a lift pass from the gondola at the following times:

    • Thursday to Saturday 08:30 to 18:00 and
    • Sunday to Wednesday 08:30 until 18:00  

If you are buying a one day lift pass for the following day, you can purchase from the gondola kiosk anytime.

Purchase your lift pass for the following day from MaxSport in the Strazhite hotel or MaxSport (on Cherni Vrah) in Sofia. Any questions? Please click on FAQ’s first. Still have a question then got to the contact form.


More ski / snowboard package testimonials

Hart Skis, Bansko

Specialist Hart skis . Top brands Head, Salomon, Rossignol, Volkl. Ski Boots from Lange, Salomon.

“I would definitely recommend booking equipment hire and lessons in advance through this site. The price was very cheap and the shop is pretty much next to the gondola and they let you keep your boots for the duration of your hire so you don’t waste time getting ready in the morning. The staff are very helpful (particularly when my girlfriend broke her wrist) and helped my friend re-tighten his bindings on his own board even though he did not hire through them. We ordered group lessons which were very good, we were evenly split according to our skill level and the groups were not large (we pretty much had 2 to an instructor – not sure whether that was luck?!). All in all a great service and a special thanks to Lance who has been very helpful and very quick to respond to any queries.” — Raj (Cheshire, UK)

“Hi Lance, The trip was fantastic and everything went off without a problem. The driver was great and it worked out cheap between three. The ski hire was good too and the guys were really nice and charming taking our skiis immediately and bringing us all our equipment every morning with a smile but the person we most wanted to highlight was the ski instructor mario: he was, by all accounts, a fantastic teacher and also a really nice bloke and Alice was really happy with her lessons. So, thanks for all your help and if you want to know about anything else don’t hesitate to drop me an email.” — James Allen (UK)

ladies ski helmet

New 2012/13 ski helmets for hire Ladies, think pink

“Hi Lance, first of all may I thank you so very much for arranging our lift passes and equipment hire, everything ran smoothly and arriving on 8th March we had an incredible week! Snowing constantly for the first 3/4 days and then glorious sunshine afterwards! I booked through yourself at, no complaints what so ever! Bansko Ski Mania the ski hire company are literally at the bottom of the slopes, friendly staff, excellent well serviced equipment. Lift passes were ready for us when we arrived and we could even pick them up the day before, so no delays on our first day of skiing! Also an excellent saving on the prices we saw in resort! Thank you once again!” — Simon Froggatt (UK)

“Hi Lance, We returned to UK on Boxing day (2010) after a short delay at Sofia. Without exception we all enjoyed a wonderful week of skiing. As beginners, we were able to ski every day as the nursery slope, 1 blue run and the snow road were open for the duration of our visit. Thanks for all your help in getting the lessons and equipment booked. As you said in your blog, George is very helpful and the skimania were extremely helpful, friendly and patient. Mario, our instructor, was perfect and demonstrated how to get seven non-skiers onto the slopes and confident in less than three days. By the third day we were able to ski down the snow road and on the fourth day went down several times on our own. The holiday was perfect and a great start to the Christmas season and we all have great memories of our accomplishments. We are even considering doing the same again next year!! Thanks once again to you and your contacts for giving us such a great experience. All the very best for the rest of the season to your and everyone over there.” — Milton (UK)

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“I wish you a wonderful ski holiday in Bansko” — Lance Nelson, Bansko Blog


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