It’s the 17th of December and the official winter season opening has taken place here in Bansko. Visitors of the resort were greeted with sunny weather and plenty of games, prizes and entertainment. Some new slopes were also opened for the official beginning of the season. And with all of the snow and already working slopes, it’s safe to say that this was one of the most promising season openings in recent years. We’re all looking forward to a great season this year.
Special guests this year were skiing legends Marc Girardelli and Fritz Strobl. They both took part in the game “Race with the Champions”, where both skiers had teams competing down a slalom course. The course itself was on the lower half of the Tomba ski run, which was opened to the public after the race. Congrats to the oldest competitor in the slalom – 85 year old Asen Trenchev, a Bansko local who was able to finish the race and beat many younger skiers who didn’t finish. Participants had to pre-register online for a chance to make one of the two teams and not all of them were able to finish the course. But it’s meeting Marc and Fritz and taking part that matters more than winning in this race.
The other popular game for visitors is the traditional treasure hunt, where the big prize is a brand new car. Boxes with prizes are hidden under the snow in a closed area and participants have to use their feet, hands and ski poles to dig them out. It sounds easy, but it’s much harder than it looks. The staff really do a good job at burying the boxes. Throughout the day there was musical entertainment and plenty to see.
The resort management obviously took a note from car shows and had almost a dozen of their snow tracks on display. They also opened the Bunderitza lift for walking only, no one with skis was allowed. The lift staff couldn’t give us any information on when the top of the mountain will be open for skiers, but it was nice to take a lift ride up and down. Judging by the snow conditions at the top, we believe that the rest of the resort will be open soon.
There are a few new slopes that opened – the Tomba slope and the Chalin Valog ski area. The ski road that leads to the top of the Chalin Valog ski area is closed, so you have to either go down to the mid station via the gondola, or ski down the ski road to the bottom of the Chalin Valog ski lift if you want to ski there. Tomba is its usual icy self, so sharp edges on your skis are a must if you want to ski safely down. Below is a POV video from Tomba from the opening day.
Along with the official opening of the ski area, many other business have started working, which weren’t open during the pre-season. Around the gondola parking lot is a new small amusement park, a new bumper car attraction for the children and more. We’ll keep you updated with all of the new attractions in Bansko once they are fully up and running.
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