Transfers, Ski Hire, Snowboard Hire, Group Lessons, Private Lessons and Lift Passes BOOKING NOW

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Mira provides a friendly welcome in the ski shop

Save 20% with Bansko Blog ski and snowboard hire, group lessons, private lessons, lift passes and transfer service for 2017/18. Wait a good few seconds for this page to download, then click on colourful writing “widget” above for the pricing and booking tool

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Bansko ski and snowboard hire, ski school, lift passes and transfers for 2017/18 are booking here.

Save £££’s and €€€’s 2017/18 ski packages at the best value for money. Shop just 50 metres from lift. Free piste map cloth wipe. Free dessert at The Irish Harp. Free ski and snow board storage. Friendly service and 100% money back guarantee if you are unable to ski due to lack of snow. Zero risk booking — trusted since 2008/2009. See what our clients say: facebook reviews.

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Mostly new or up to one season old skis and snowboards and boots for the new season.

  • Book lift passes 3+ days before arrival.
  • Book private lessons at least 5 weeks before travel to avoid disappointment.
  • Book online your ski package here by clicking here or on the colourful widget on this page.
  • Booking with Bansko Blog for your lift passes, hire, ski school and lessons saves you money and avoids first day hassle.
  • Shop located 50 metres from main gondola lift.
  • Free ski, snow board and boot storage. Free boot drying.
  • Pay in £UK or €EUR
  • Free piste map lens wipe to everyone in your group

Example prices

  • go to online pricing and booking tool for lift pass prices
  • 6 day ski, boot, pole hire: £ check out pricing and booking form
  • prices fixed from time of booking but may vary due to exchange rate changes
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Booking online here (Link to online booking form) helps me to continue providing video blog snow reports on Facebook, restaurant reviews, the live web cam, Bansko mobile apps, podcasts, events, info and more.
Prices ~ click here for all prices or go straight to online booking form
  • Car (1-2 persons)……………………..£120   (€135 approx)
  • Estate Car (2-4 persons)…………..£130   (€147 approx)
  • MPV (4-6 persons)………………….£140  (€170 approx
  • Minibus (4-8 persons)……………..£160  (€195 approx)
  • Minibus (9 to 10 persons)…………£332 (€320 approx)
  • Minibus (9 to 15 persons)…………£338  (€396 approx)
  • Bus Scania Irizar                             €828  and on request
  • Luxury transfers from €240 return — book in Bansko App


Ski Hire & Ski Lesson 2017/18 online booking. Go to online booking form


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PREPAY by credit/debit card, processed via PayPal  latest  prices  in online   booking form 
Ski helmets: Adults £2.00 per day (Child helmets are free). Free ski | snowboard and boot storage (including your own boots).  Group lessons  start at  11:00 and 14:00
BIGGEST % Discount on Ski / Snowboard Lessons: Groups with 1 day 2 days 3 days 4 days 5 days 6 days
2 Hours    BOOK ONLINE  
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pay  in  £UK  or  €EUR
BIGGEST savings on Ski School: Private Lessons with  price per person 1 day 2 days 3 days 4 days 5 days 6 days
1:1 private lessons
Individual Private Group (price per person)
BIGGEST savings on Ski & Snowboard Hire with 1 day 2 days 3 days 4 days 5 days 6 days


Skis + Boots + Ski Poles
Skis + Boots + Ski Poles (Child)  
Ski + Sticks (Adult- no ski boots)
Skis + Sticks (Child – no ski boots)
Snowboard + Boots
*Clothes (jacket and trousers)  £7  £14  £20  £25  £31  £36
*Snowshoes  £7  £14 £20  £25  £31  £36
* Book by email
BIGGEST savings on Advanced Ski & Snowboard Hire with 1 day 2 days 3 days 4 days 5 days 6 days


Advanced Skis, Boots, Ski Poles
Advanced Skis, Ski Poles (no boots)
Advanced Snowboard, Boots
Advanced Snowboard (no boots)

“I wish you a wonderful winter vacation in Bansko” — Lance Nelson, Bansko Blog

Lesson times & booking notes 

  • For ski & snowboard hire and lessons prices click on booking widget.
  • Debit / Credit Card Payment is secure via PayPal in £UK or €EUR (no account needed)
  • Print out or show your booking confirmation sent by email immediately after booking. Take to shop.
  • Lift passes available for collection at shop the day before hire from 17:45
  • Transfer booking process below, pay driver direct.
  • Most combinations of hire, private & group lessons, skis, snowboards, helmets, lift passes and transfers.
  • Unable to complete the online form? Use chat form bottom right or email: for help.
  • Subscribe for the 71 page ebook “The Essential Guide to Bansko” (it’s free).
  • FAQ’s. For other questions click contact or email me lance @ 
  • Click here  for the Bansko five star rated iOS (iphone) and Android mobile app for Bansko. 
  • Always ensure you have comprehensive winter insurance before you travel.



“…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…” Milton (UK)“A great week’s skiing, and good service from BanskoSkiMania, thank you for sorting that all out.Richard Millman (UK)

“… the guys were really nice and charming taking our skis immediately and bringing us all our equipment every morning with a smile” — James Allen (UK)

“Hi Lance, We have recently returned from our holiday and would like to thank you for your help with equipment hire and ski lessons arranged with Ski Mania. George and his team could not have been more helpful or more pleasant which greatly enhanced our holiday experience.. You even managed to arrange a lovely fall of snow just as we arrived. Couldn’t be better! We hope to be able to use your services again next year. Enjoy the rest of the season. Many thanks‚ Eileen C. Kerr (UK)

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2016/17 ski season; update

  • The friendly skimania welcome is just the same. George, Evtim, Blago, Mitko… improving the service for the coming ski season.
  • New stock of 350 rental skis and snowboards, new Salomon and Flow snowboard bindings.
  • All new ski and snowboard boots.
  • New ladies, men’s and children’s helmets — all colours!
  • Over 450 skis and snowboards in stock. You always have a choice.
  • Watch video for tips on ski and snowboard hire and instruction in Bansko.
  • You Say and Facebook for customer feedback.
  • FAQ’s. Read them, but still not sure and need advice? Just ask in bottom right corner of the screen.
  • Interactive prices and booking online BANSKOBLOG Ski Packages (Online bookings only).


Lesson times 

All private lessons start at 09:00 an finish at 11:00

  • Group lessons start at 11:00 – 13:00 and 14:00 – 16:00
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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 pass, 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.


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.

We 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 and arrive knowing you’ll be quickly and expertly fitted with quality equipment.

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.

Twelve reasons for booking your hire, lessons, lift pass & transfer 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 — within 50m of the gondola. No more walking with ski gear.

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

5.  Almost all the hire equipment is brand new for the new season; only premium brands (e.g. Head, Salomon, Burton) skis and snowboards.

6.  Snowboards and skis are serviced before you hire them, many are new. Maximum of two seasons old.

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

8.  Rossignol, and Head  SLX Advanced Slalom and Giant Slalom Skis. Dynastar Freeride & many Freestyle demo skis.

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

10. Transfers from insured drivers, in properly serviced vehicles, with winter  tyres. No waiting.

11.  Exclusive offers for Bansko Blog ski package clients only.

12.  Free piste map lens cloth.

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


Does pre paying for a 6 (or 9, 13) day lift pass save money?

Read FAQ’s
Generally a little. It saves queuing for your pass but please note we cannot sell student passes.

2017/18 lift pass prices

NOTE: All prepay lift passes include mountain insurance.

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


Location of  ski shop

(Address: 92 Pirin Street, Bansko)

It’s on the right just after the main gondola lift traffic lights looking up towards the mountain. You can’t miss it.

GOOGLE map click BanskoSkiMania for location


Weather conditions

  • Unforeseen circumstances can happen.
  • It is highly advisable to buy insurance that covers lift closure and holiday cancellation.
  • 6 day, 9 day and 13 day lift passes purchased here include mountain insurance.

It’s easy to buy a lift pass at gondola station, they take a digital picture. Sometimes there is a queue for lift passes, so if you’re coming for 6 days (or more) then pre paying makes a lot of sense.

Click for more info on Lift Pass Prices. For in resort lift pass purchase purchase lift passes from the gondola lift cash desk 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 after 16:00. Your card may be recharged for the following day by going on to

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

Top brands Head, Salomon, Rossignol,

“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 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 holiday in Bansko” — Lance Nelson, Bansko Blog


  • Complete online booking form by clicking on the for ski and snowboard rental, ski  and snowboard lessons, lift passes and transfers widget below. FAQ’s.
  • Pay by by credit/debit card or €EUR via PayPal

NOTE: 6 day lift passes are not the responsibility of skimania but are picked up in the shop for convenience.
Lesson times

All private lessons start at 09:00 (finish at 11:00)

  • Group lessons start at 11:00 – 13:00 and 24:000 till 16:00
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