When I skied the Alps, I was pretty happy.
When I skied the Pirins, I was almost as happy.
Maybe even happier because of the 50% price decrease.
Bansko, Bulgaria's leading ski resort, is smaller -- 70 km of groomed, secured runs, but advanced skiers will enjoy more extreme off-piste and hike-to-ski options.
As a candidate for the 2014 Olympics and the host of the 2011 Men's World Cup, Bansko made some major expansions to its slopes and ski areas. They built an additional chair lift and a gondola which conveniently takes skiers from the parking lot directly into the heart of the ski hills. I have a feeling the resort will continue to renovate and expand its current situation.
And with lift tickets costing about 25 euro, ski hire for 10 euro, and hotel accommodations for as cheap as 16 euro a person, it's hard to not try out Bansko.