World Ski Cup 2024

World Ski Cup 2024

19 Feb 2024

The past weekend of the World Ski Cup attracted global attention to Bansko once again

Bansko, 13 February 2024: Bulgaria's best winter resort had the honour of hosting the races of the Audi FIS Alpine World Cup for the ninth time and the fifth time for the male ski racers.

The competitions on 10 and 11 of February – the men’s giant slalom and slalom -happened to fall with the worldwide celebrations of the centennial anniversary, marking the founding anniversary for both the FIS and the Bulgarian Ski Federation in February 2024.

This special occasion in Bansko was graced by the presence of the president of FIS Johan Eliash, and many sport legends, VIP guests and international celebrities, such as - Ted Lagety -known as “Miste GS”, Mark Girardelli, Alberto Tomba, Tina Maze, Petar Popangelov, Hristo Stoichkov and many others.

The prestigious sport event was honoured by the President of Bulgaria   Mr..Rumen Radev as special guest as well.

With a record number of 85 skiers from 20 countries testing their strength on the Tomba track above Banderishka Polyana, the ski event was attended by over 50 media representatives from over 20 countries and watched live by 100 million TV viewers from all over the word.

The victory of the first competition day in the giant slalom went to number one in Alpine races – the 26 -year- old Swiss national Marco Odermatt, marking his ninth consecutive win in World Cup events.

As one of the main partners of Audi FIS World Ski Cup Bansko 2024, Kempinski Hotel Grand Arena Bansko was once again at the epicentre of events. Bulgaria's Best Ski Hotel, as awarded by World Ski Awards 2023, welcomed many official and VIP guests, who arrived specifically for the biggest and most prestigious sports event of the year. During their stay at the hotel, they had the opportunity to taste Mediterranean specialities in  “Bulgaria’s Best Hotel Restaurant” by World Culinary Awards 2023 – Come Prima, to experience authentic Asian dishes in the completely redesigned Sushi Bar and Teppanyaki Grill and to immerse themselves in the party atmosphere of Piano Bar Sing Sing. The guests did not miss visiting the award-winning Kempinski The Spa, where they were able to enjoy authentic Thai massages and indulge in complete relaxation and tranquillity.


If you want to ride on the snow slopes under Todorka peak like the best skiers in the world and enjoy an unforgettable ski vacation at Kempinski Hotel Grand Arena Bansko, you can learn more about the special accommodation offers here:






About Kempinski Hotel Grand Arena Bansko: Being the only ski-in and ski-out hotel in the area, Kempinski Hotel Grand Arena Bansko is located in the very heart of the most popular and vibrant winter resort in the Balkans – Bansko, right across from the Gondola lift station, which gives access to 75 km of ski runs groomed at a high international level, suitable for all skiers, from complete beginners to advanced ones. The luxury hotel is the only international branded winter resort in this part of the Balkans and is open year-round. It features 157 Alpine-style rooms, including 26 suites and an exclusive Presidential Suite, a fully renovated Kempinski The Spa with brand-new and unique thermal facilities, four conference rooms and eight restaurants and bars with spectacular views of the majestic Pirin Mountains. Graced with European flair, the hotel grants the ultimate Kempinski ski, gourmet and spa experience.

About Kempinski: Created in 1897, Kempinski Hotels is Europe’s oldest luxury hotel group. Kempinski’s rich heritage of impeccable personal service and superb hospitality is complemented by the exclusivity and individuality of its properties. Today the Kempinski Group operates 80 hotels and residences in 34 countries and currently has more than 25 prestigious projects under development around the globe. Each five-star hotel reflects the strength and success of the Kempinski brand without losing sight of its heritage; each one imbues the quality guests have come to expect from Kempinski while embracing the cultural traditions of its location. The portfolio comprises historic landmark properties, award-winning urban lifestyle hotels, outstanding resorts and prestigious residences. Kempinski is a founding member of the Global Hotel Alliance (GHA), the world’s largest alliance of independent hotel brands.

Media contact:

Mariana Mominova · Ass. Director of Sales & Marketing

Kempinski Hotel Grand Arena Bansko

96, Pirin Street · 2770 Bansko · Bulgaria

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