It’s been a great weekend here in Bansko. On the 16th and 17th of January we got over 50 cm of fresh new powder snow on the mountain. Less than what the forecast was predicting, but still great! We had two awesome powder days riding the woods and the snow cover on the slopes is more than optimal. Temperatures are low and hopefully it will stay that way.
Almost all of the slopes were open, except for small parts of the N.5 and N.4. On the 17th there was a small avalanche in the area between the N.3 and N.4 slopes (known by locals as “The Cup”). It was caused by a Romanian tourist who obviously didn’t consider the terrain and snow conditions when entering the zone. Because of this and the following rescue operation, the lifts to the top were closed for about an hour.
On the 16th it was raining in town, but that turned to snow as well in evening. So Bansko itself is also covered in snow now, which makes the town much more enjoyable.
For World Snow Day the resort management had organised a concert and many other activities. Some of the biggest names in Bulgarian rock music were there to keep emotions high.
WARNING: There is a high avalanche risk on all of the open faces in the mountain, so stick to the slopes and the woods right next to them. I highly recommend not venturing into the deeper parts of the woods. The snow cover is still insufficient to cover all of the smaller trees and you can get lost or stuck if you don’t know exactly where you are going. Use common sense and stay safe.