Snow Report: 18th of March, 2018


There is just under 1 month left to ski until the season officially closes on the 15th of April. Conditions are wet and rainy below 2000m.asl., but chances are good that the season won’t close early. Up on the Plato and Bunderica ski runs the rain is actually snow and there is a thick base of snow built up throughout the season. Things aren’t looking good for the snow road and it’s only a matter of time before we have to start using the gondola to go down.

At the top of the Bunderica 1 lift, the rain had turned to wet snow.

Apart from the rain, the wind also played a bad joke on us by closing the top part of the mountain. Due to the strong winds, the Todorka, Plato and Bunderica 2 lifts cannot operate for safety reason. Apart from those 3 lifts, all of the other lifts in the resort are working. The forecast is for the top part of the mountain to be windy all week, so we don’t know when exactly these lifts will open again. Lift lines are also gone, partially due to it now being the off-season, partially due to the rain today. The forecast for the next few days is for it to be raining in the town and on the lower parts of the slopes, but not constantly. The temperature is also expected to drop around the middle of the week and for it to snow on most of the mountain. Keep in mind that the forecasts can change.

We’re going to be honest, today was one of those days in the season where it would have been better to go to one of the many spa centers around Bansko. Due to the rain, it was hard to stay out on the slopes too long before getting soaked. By 10 AM the slopes were slushy but still flat, especially the steeper Balkanida and Todorka runs. Very few people had skied those two runs. The snow skiied very unevenly and carrying speed was difficult on flat parts. To describe how it felt, imagine driving down the road with someone slightly touching the brakes of your car randomly every few seconds. Your skis would slow down, while your body would use its inertia and continue forward and you would need to compensate for that. The Ski road is still open, but our guess is it won’t be for long. Currently, going off-piste is ill-advised due to the conditions. The snow park is also closed since the Plato lift isn’t working. Hopefully by next weekend conditions will be better.

Almost empty slopes today.

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