Pros: Everything important for the skier is plus
Cons: To Get There could be problem if not in Europe
I ski Sierra Nevada, also know southern Rockies and great Northwest. Compared to these places Bansko, Bulgaria offers not only Alps charm as anywhere else at popular European destinations, but much affordable ski vacation than any other in Europe. Along with the unique atmosphere of a historical 10,000 population old town. The 6 seater gondola takes you up the mountain for about 25 min from the town streets. Then reaching the ski lifts one can spread all over the ski trails that are wide as boulevards. So, even a beginner can slide down from the very top of this very scenic mountain. A long well groomed trails and ski lifts can get you down using a home run to the lower gondola station in town of Bansko (from 2,600 meters high to 1000 meters town altitude).
There is simply no other European ski town like Bansko with the combination of all goodies a ski town can offer, plus hot spring spa complexes around town, 2:40 h drive to the beaches of Agean Sea, 2 h mostly highway drive from Sofia international airport. Bansko is a frequent host of World Cup ski competitions, highly regarding so far hidden gem of South-eastern Europe. Once you ski there you will try to return back. Pro-stars like Lindsey Von, Marcel Hirscher and other starts from the past (like Mark Ghirardelli, Tomba) and today are well-knowns in Bansko and some are already regulars.