This year in Bansko, the first slopes opened a week prior to the official opening with just one lift and ski run working. Now that the new winter season has officially kicked off were expecting most of the resort to open little by little, depending on the weather conditions leading up to New Year. Conditions so far have not been the best we’ve seen, but a snowy opening day has our hopes and expectations high.
There are still almost no lift queues in the resort, even though the lift ticket is at a reduced price for the moment – 45BGN. A few new lifts and slopes have been opened for the season-opening, most notably the Plato ski run. Currently, only a few lifts are still closed, these being the 6-seater Todorka, Mosta, Chalin Valog and most of the surface lifts.
Not many slopes have opened on time for the start of the season this year due to warmer weather earlier in December. Currently, you can ski on the Kolarski ski run, which has been open since the 7th of December, the Plato ski run and the top of the Balkaniada ski run, down to the mid-way point of the Bunderitza lift. Currently, the N.5 and N.10 slopes, which connect the Plato with the lower part of the mountain are closed, as well as the Todorka and the bottom of Balkaniada runs. This means that to get back down you will need to either ski down a closed piste or take the lift back. We expect the N.10 Shiligarnika ski run to be next to open, as slope crews have already worked extensively on it. This will connect the top of the mountain to the bottom via a skiable route and you won’t need the lift to get back down.
Slope conditions on the open runs are good, especially considering the bad weather we had earlier this month. All through the opening day, it was snowing and temperatures have been below 0°C above 1200m. This means that snow cannons can work during the evening and hopefully more pistes will open soon. Conditions are best on the Plato ski run, where the snow cover consists only of natural snow. Make sure to check back every week for our latest Snow Reports and news regarding Bansko!
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