Ski Chalet in Bansko FAQ’s

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Q. Which airport should we use?

A. Sofia is the nearest airport, the transfer takes 2 ½ to 3 hours.

Q. Can we use a different airport?

A. You could fly into Plovdiv or Thessaloniki, the transfer time is about 4 hours from both airports.

Q. Can you arrange an airport transfer?

A. We provide a free return transfer to/from Sofia airport (one per group) if booking a fully catered or flexi catered ski holiday.

Q. Will the transfers back and forward to Sofia be in a single bus?

A. The transfer will be in 1 minibus both ways; transfer time is approx 2.5 hours. 

Q. Do you meet us at the airport?

A.  No, we use a transfer company who will meet you in the arrivals hall with a card with your name on it.

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Q. How far are you from the Bansko gondola?

A. We are approximately 700 meters from the gondola however if you book a fully catered ski holiday with us, we provide a daily mini bus service to/from the gondola.

Q. Can you sort out getting us lift passes?

A. Yes, we are able to pre-order lift passes on your behalf, and we will be in touch the week before your visit to see if you want us to do that for you.  Basically, we can have them waiting in the chalet on your arrival and they are a few pounds cheaper than if you buy them at the lift station.  We will require payment in cash on arrival if you choose this option as we have to pre-pay in cash for the passes.  The cost in 2012 was 300 Leva for an adult 6 day pass and 185 Leva for a child’s 6 day pass; a child is classed as 12 years or over for lift pass purposes. Please be aware that if you want pre-ordered passes, they do not come with mountain rescues cover and you need to make sure your personal ski insurance covers this.

Q. Can you sort out ski/boot hire and lessons?
A. Ski hire we can sort out on arrival, we have worked very closely with the same company for the last 8 seasons and they have excellent equipment at very competitive prices, again they will need to be paid for in cash.  The cost of 6 day hire in 2012 was 130 Leva for skis, boots and poles, or snowboard and boots.

We will take you to the hire shop to collect your equipment (on the day you arrive) and sort out any lessons you want.  The skis and boots are then kept in the chalet for the week so after breakfast you can get yourselves ready and head straight for the slopes.

Q. If only a couple of slopes are open  due to no new snowfall is a full lift pass still required or are there cheaper options depending on the amount of slopes open? 

A. Yes a full lift pass is still required, if only a few runs are open, Ulen do not offer a reduced pass, the prices are those published on their website.  The ski passes are often reduced for the last two weeks of the season.  Link:   

Q. What are the costs like on the mountain?

A. The costs on the mountain can be more expensive than in town but are still very cheap when compared to western European resorts. Costs in 2012:

   Local  beer 5 Leva

   Cappuccino 5 Leva

   Hot Chocolate 6 Leva

   Hot Dog  6 Leva

   Pizza Slice 10 Leva

   Salad 6 Leva

   Soup 6 Leva

   5 Leva is approximately £2.10

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Q. How far are you from bars and restaurants?

A. Our chalet is located at the south end of Bansko within a 10 minute walk to the new bars and restaurants and 10 to 15 minute walk of Bansko town.

Q. What is the food like?

A. The traditional food in Bansko is grilled meats and salads, the starters are very large and would be shared, most mehana’s have the weight of the dish as well as the price on menu’s. Bansko also offers restaurants which serve burgers and pizza’s also Indian and Chinese

Q. What is the cost of dinner and drinks in Bansko town?

A. If you go for a traditional Bulgarian meal with a couple of beers or wine the cost should be no more than 40 Leva (£16.80) per person, we will offer advice on best value restaurants.

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Q. Do you offer sole use of the chalet?

A. Yes providing the group is 8 + we will offer sole use of the chalet

Q. What baby/toddler facilities do you offer?

A. We have a cot, highchair, pushchair, car seats, baby carrier and a supply of children’s toys all of which are offered free if booking a fully catered ski holiday.

Q. Do you provide towels  and bedding or do we have to bring our own?

A. We provide towels &bedding for all rooms.

Q. Should I bring a hairdryer?

A.  All our rooms have hairdryers.

Q. Do we need to bring adapters for plug sockets with us to the chalet or if they're there already.

A. We have a UK 3 plug extension in the lounge but if you require a UK plug in your bedroom you will need an adaptor. We have a few adaptors which we can lend to you if you forget to bring one.                                                                        

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