Today was a perfect Bansko ski day in every single way! Perfect weather, perfect slope conditions, an absolute lack of people on the mountain, almost all slopes open and groomed, what more could you want? Sadly, the season is almost over, so now is the time to come and get some final turns down, before summer comes rolling in and makes us go back to doing summer sports. Just 12 more days until the lifts close.
Аs the season is coming to an end, it’s time for some of the ski runs to be closed. The first to be marked with red are the slopes in the Chalin Valog ski area. These slopes are lower in the mountain and require much more man hours to keep open this time of the season, so it’s normal for them to be closed first, once keeping them snowy and safe becomes too much of a hassle. The Ski Road is still holding on but is grassy at the end, near the base gondola station. We expect the Ski Road to close officially very soon, but we’ve been using the gondola to go down sometime now anyways. The reason being that the last 1/3 of the piste is very slushy in the afternoon and carrying enough speed is almost impossible (unless the guy waxing your skis is a magician). In the end, many prefer to just take the gondola down, rather than push the last third of the Ski Road. Other than Chalin Valog, all lifts in the resort are running and there are no lift lines. The only queue in the whole mountain is for the Plato chairlift, which was 5 minutes at most today.
Like we said in the first paragraph, conditions today were perfect, unlike the end of last week. The slopes were very well groomed the previous evening and held tight till around 11 AM, when they started softening up. The edge control was great and there were no icy patches to throw you off-balance. Even in the afternoon, when the snow was slushier, the slopes were still very flat and pleasant for skiing. The first slopes to soften up are the Plato and Shiligarnika ski runs, while the Todorka, Balkaniada, Bunderica and Tomba runs stay harder for a little longer. For those of you who want to try the black Tomba ski run but are afraid of ice, now is your chance. Tomba was amazing after 11:30 AM. The forecast is for similar conditions tomorrow but isn’t looking too good for the weekend when we’re expecting some rain.
The fun park is also fully operational and with two jumps for each landing now. Conditions in the backcountry are also very good in the morning, while the top layer of snow is still soft. Many people climbed Mt. Todorka today for some epic freeriding in very stable conditions. This time of year the risk of avalanches is much smaller, but that doesn’t mean you shouldn’t use common sense and basic avalanche safety routines.
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