The Friday Photo: Our Own Private… Bansko

Empty ski road in Bansko, Bulgaria.

One of the things I love about skiing is when you get the mountain to yourself. Yesterday, we worked our way through a couple of feet of fresh snow down this deserted route in Bansko, Bulgaria, skis hissing on powder and the trees dense with silence. We haven’t been here long enough and it’s already time to leave.

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11 Responses

    • Theodora says:

      Thanks, Becca. It’s a very nice resort, and not one that I knew about until I started researching Bulgaria. 10 years ago there was one (free) chairlift, and nothing else. Now it’s a full-blown ski town, with 15 lifts and hosting Ski World Cups.

  1. This is just beautiful. I’ve never skied anywhere in Europe–I stick to California and Colorado for proximity–but I’ve heard that one of the big selling points for many of the resorts over there is how open and empty they are.

    • Theodora says:

      I haven’t skied enough of Europe to comment authoritatively, but it’s certainly been the case everywhere we’ve skied in Europe (always outside of peak holiday times) that you can be the only people on a stretch of piste (excluding weekends). I think in Bansko it helps that some of the connecting paths aren’t signed, and barely marked on the maps…

  2. Sonja Key says:

    You’re in Bulgaria now?! Awesome for you! Gorgeous and exciting.

  3. Lisa says:

    Beautiful photo! Snow is such a messy nuisance in the city that I forget sometimes just how beautiful it can be.

  4. Jessica says:

    Sounds like a fun day. I love being places completely alone. Looks cold though.

    • Theodora says:

      It’s actually been, for the Balkans in January, relatively balmy, only a couple of degrees below zero (Celsius/Centigrade). Today’s chillier though, I’d say pushing negative ten. But we have all the layers from China, so we’re actually fine with it.

  5. gorgeous!! that white path just beckons.

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