January 2nd - 9th 2010
I have just returned from a skiing trip to Bansko - Bulgaria. Now there’s a place to avoid if you are ever considering a skiing holiday! The Russians were in town so politeness and consideration had been removed from the English - Russian dictionary - talk about push in they would get gold in the ignorant so-and-so Olympics.
A typical day started at 8.30 in a queue for the gondola - get on the gondola at 11.00 get off at 11.20. You can then either queue for the button lift for the nursery slope that’s takes you five hundred metres up a very gentle slope , this takes an hour’s wait to get on or queue for the first four man chair [the other was closed all week except for the last day]- you stand on icy undulating ground that had people tumbling all over the place - the queue for this lift was about 90 minutes and be careful when you get to the top of this one it tends to throw you up in the air and if you are not ready for it you will end up in a heap.
Ski for a couple of hundred metres to lose the piste markings [ it should say blue 6 but says red 6] by the time we had reach this point it was 14.30 and there being no more lifts open to the top of the mountain ski down once and go back to the hotel for a lukewarm boiled pigs head stew?
There’s supposed to be a 'half pipe' acording to the piste map but none of the ski instructors we asked knew were it was or even if it existed.
They had less snow than in England and only one machine for grooming the piste and I’m sure they were saving that one for special occasions as all the pistes were in a terrible state what with the area being used by thousands of skiers .
The only thing the Bulgarians seem proficient is making money like when one of our party took a small tumble the medics were on her like a rash- they put a splint on her bruised knee and took her to the medical station 2 kilometres away at the bottom of the nursery slope without giving her any ideas what was happening. They charged her 200 Euros for the skidoo ride 75Euros for the first aid on the mountain and what with x-rays and doctors fees the bill came to over well 700 Euros just for a bruise on her knee.
But that said, serves us right for not going to Canada skiing doesn't it?