Let the season begin

Oct 28, 2012 9 Comments by

The Bansko ski season will officially open on 15th December. Ski legends Herman Maier, Marc Girardelli and Peter Popangelov will be there. But the real question is…will we chipping away at a snow field trying to find treasure hidden in the snow, like last year? We’ll see.

Most importantly though, will the Bansko snow arrive like an early Christmas present?

The countdown to the winter ski season has begun. My thoughts are turning to cold morning starts, snow under foot and the glistening of the sun on the fresh snow. It is memories of those special moments that keep me going when the days are shorter.

But I know, from my corporate days, that living far away from the mountains means even more. If you’re like most people, you have just one week of ski season holiday booked. You, like me, probably are thinking about good Bansko snow times.

When commuting by train, underground or bus and when staring at an Excel spreadsheet you’ll be thinking of the prospect of those perfect moments riding in pow(der), carving a turn and then ending the day sipping a beer, or mulled wine, with friends.

Thoughts like these will see you clicking on flight websites and booking up one more trip.

Thousands of us in the northern hemisphere are thinking the same thing. That first outing on the snow covered mountain. Let the season start soon!


Winter preparations

October has seen me connecting with many more Bansko business owners. From real estates agents, hotels, restaurants, bars and property manager owners. For most, the preparations for the season are taking on renewed energy.

Even new shop units are being frantically constructed. These are located by the ice rink and the “Winter Supermarket”. Some bar renovations are also taking shape. More on these when they open.

The mood in Bansko town is optimistic.

In particular, restaurants and bar owners are being more creative. More imagination and more customer focus is being applied than ever before. Whilst there are still some glaring issues with unmade roads and unfinished buildings, there are improvements. I wonder if the plans for new lifts and runs will now happen. It would not surprise me.


Bansko Calendar 2013

Winter 2012: a classic

In between answering questions on our early bookings for ski, snowboard hire, tuition, lift passes and transfers offer here (apologies for the shameless plug), I’ve been flicking through and shortlisting the many photographs, all taken in 2012 that will be featured in the Bansko 2013 calendar.

The pictures take on more meaning now, and I’m really happy that the Bansko 2013 calendar will be better than ever.  The calendar is free, only for all bookings here on BanskoBlog.com over €125/£100.

The calendar will be a similar style, from the same artist, as the Bansko town and Bansko piste maps.

Shuffling through a load of pictures it is clear that the summer shots, from my professional mountain photographer and journalist friend Colin Samuels, are totally original. The winter calendar photos are proving harder to choose. Most are taken by myself; so I’ll be leaving it to  the artist to decide which ones make it to print.

The calendars will be printed on recycled paper and will reflect what Bansko means to me, and I hope also, to you. They are also pictures that capture moments of what the Pirin mountains offer in both winter and summer seasons.


Dates for your diary

What the impact on lift and piste closures these events will have, I am not so sure. But I am disappointed to see FIS races in April. Typically, this is a good time for warmer spring conditions, and usually quiet pistes due to Orthodox Easter being late April.


21st January 2013 –  Atomic ski series

28th -29th  January 2013 – KAPPY Cup, FIS races with SL, 1 GS

18th-26th February 2013 – IBU European Championship Biathlon

8th-10th March, 2013 –  Bansko Snow Polo Wolrd Cup 2013

16th March, 2013 – Bansko Trophey –Diplomatic Ski Competition

5th-6th April, 2013 – FIS Alpine speed races with 2SG, SC

7th-8th April , 2013 – Pirin Cup, FIS races with SL and GS


Here’s to the first sprinkling of snow.


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I enjoy tech, apps, entrepreneurship, podcasting and collaboration with others. I love travelling as well as skiing, hiking, MTB, paragliding, cooking and good food.

9 Responses to “Let the season begin”

  1. Philip says:

    Thanks for the post. Very useful info – especially the dates of the race events. Fingers crossed for an early snowfall 🙂

  2. Ian Chapman says:

    Good day Lance
    Looking at the web cams on banskoski.com I see you have had the first of many dumps of snow on the Pirin. Lets hope for a hoofing winter of Snow, more than last year. Lance maybe you need to walk up there and shoot your next video blog. Walk will always do you good. Does it ever snow in October???? Regards Ian C

    • Lance says:

      Yes first snow… exciting — however the cold airmass we are experiencing is useful to cool the ground ready for a nice big huge dump for the start of the season 🙂

      Yes, I will go up there and do a little video blog for the weekend, so stay tuned.

  3. Hugh Lunt says:

    Hi Lance,

    We are coming to Bansko in feb when the biathlon is on, hopefully won’t affect the lifts too much!!

    Also just wanted to say great job on the website and keep the great work coming!!

    Many thanks

  4. Kevin says:

    4th Season in a row for me, cant, wait booked for Jan 20th, and looking at getting over for Xmas too snow permitting 🙂 love Bansko and its people.

  5. Onat says:

    hi, do we have snow for sure on new year? What do you think?:)

    • Lance says:

      Hi Onat,

      I will be doing my snow analysis this weekend on a new video blog… But we are looking like snow next week, but it will be several days of snow from the 12th December that will arrive just in time for the season opening on the 15th.

      With cold temperatures then, the snow will be boosted by snow making cannon. So overall I am relaxed at this stage. BUT… it is too early to be sure, so stay tuned here, on the Bansko app, and on the banskoblog youtube channel.

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