Until the 2016-17 season, Bansko was only known as a World Cup venue for alpine skiing events. But by hosting a spectacular and thrilling snowboard cross sprint event at its debut as a FIS Snowboard World Cup host, the Bulgarian resort set the bar high for this form of SBX racing also becoming the second ever Bulgarian FIS Snowbard World Cup host since a big air event went down in Sofia back in 2007.
Not to forget that Bansko also provided one of the best ever event weekends for the raceboard athletes last winter when the double parallel event turned out to be true snowboard festival in front of a stellar crowd.
And thousands of spectators can be expected again this winter when racers return to the Pirin Mountains for one parallel slalom, one parallel giant slalom and one snowboard cross event each staged from January 26 to 28, 2017.
Located in the Pirin Mountains Bansko offers a total of 48 km of slopes which can be accessed with 14 lifts.
The most slopes address intermediate riders as well as total beginners. Advanced riders will also get their share although only 8% of the whole area are marked as difficult. However, Bansko also provides some great freeride opportunities at Todorka Mountain.
|2017||Patrizia Kummer (SUI)||Radoslav Yankov (BUL)||PGS||single run|
|2017||Belle Brockhoff (AUS)||Alessandro Haemmerle (AUT)||SBX||Heat of 6|
|2017||Alena Zavarzina (RUS)||Sylvain Dufour (FRA)||PGS||single run|
Ekaterina Ilyukhina has confirmed that she has been retiring from competitive snowboarding after 104 parallel World Cup races on the tour.
2010 Olympic Champion Jasey-Jay Anderson is the only rider who has participated in every edition of the Olympic Games since snowboarding was added to the Olympic programme back at Nagano 1998. Canada's alpine snowboarding legend earned his 28th World Cup victory in Bansko, Bulgaria with less than two weeks left until PyeongChang 2018 - his 6th (!) Olympics. On the very same day the 42-year-old shared his hopes and fears about the upcoming competition. Make sure to listen to some words of wisdom.
Sabine Schoeffmann's injury suffered in a fall in last Sunday's parallel giant slalom race in Bansko, Bulgaria has turned out to be worse than expected.
Julia Dujmovits (AUT) and Nevin Galmarini (SUI) have won the second parallel giant slalom race of the World Cup stop in Bansko, Bulgaria and therefore the final form test prior to the 2018 Olympic Winter Games.
Charlotte Bankes (FRA) and Pierre Vaultier (FRA) have secured a double victory for France coming out successfully of the sprint snowboard cross race staged in Bansko, Bulgaria today.
Ester Ledecka (CZE) and Jasey Jay Anderson (CAN) have claimed victory in the first of two parallel giant slalom races scheduled in Bansko this weekend.