As a quickly developing winter destination, Bansko also offers big variety of ski disciplines. The modern shooting range at 1500 m above sea level, at Banderishka polyana is a centre for training and competitions in biathlon at the highest level. This was the venue for IBU European Biathlon Championships in 2007 and 2013. The resort offers tracks for ski running and ski orientation, and Nordic ski disciplines have deep traditions and popularity in the region. The runs are already equipped with artificial snow machines, which enables the preparation of athletes as early as November.