12/25/2014 07:00 am ET Updated Dec 06, 2017

Here's Bansko, The Ski Town You Aren't Visiting But Should

Welcome to the (not so little) ski town you probably didn't know existed. We're talking about Bansko, which sits at the foot of the Pirin Mountains roughly 90 miles from the Bulgarian capital of Sofia.

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It's been named the best value destination for family ski trips, which is great since it's home to some major competitive ski races. A bonus: it has the longest ski season of all Bulgarian resorts, from mid-December to mid-May.

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Already popular with Greek, Romanian, Russian and British travelers, it's increasingly becoming popular with Americans, as well, according to recent data from And there's little doubt why: Ski your heart out above the centuries-old village during the day and party hardy at night.

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If skiing isn't your thing, you'll still have plenty to do, including a visit to the former home of poet Nikola Vaptsarov, as well as countless museums and churches. In between all that skiing (and, let's face it, apres-skiing), take a quick jaunt to Belitsa, which is home to the bear sanctuary Dancing Bears Park.

All together now: Awwww.

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The town's Pirin street:

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The skiing:
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See you on the slopes!



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