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Bansko ski season officially open!
Updated: 2008-12-01

Bansko ski season was officially opened on Saturday by celebrities of the winter sport world, Hanni and Andreas Wenzel, Gustavo Thoeni and Marc Girardelli. The opening was marked by a special concert with performers from Bulgaria's Music Idol and other artists.

The opening has coincided with the 8 Mountain film festival (held from November 27th to the 30th in Bansko) which included the premier of a documentary by one of the most famous arctic explorers, Borge Ousland. Ousland, a native of Norway and an expert on all things mountainous, was impressed with the Pirin Mountain range and the ski facilities Bansko has to offer.

A skiing competition was held on Bansko's Alberto Tomba slope and included the celebrity skiers. Over the weekend a skiers workshop was held by the Ulen ski school with talks given by the guest skiers.

Bansko's mayor, Alexander Kravarov, considered the opening a great success and does not expect tourism levels to go down this year. Bansko resort will be the host for one of the most important ski event, the Women's World Ski Cup for Alpine Skiing in early 2009.

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