Snow Report: December 22nd, 2016


This last weekend was the official opening of the Bansko ski area. If you missed it, you can read about how it went here. Since then some new lifts and slopes have opened. Continue reading to find out which.

Today the conditions in Bansko were cloudy, but still cold. The snow cannons have continued working throughout the whole week, even during the day. This means that there is plenty of snow on the open slopes and so far no rocks anywhere. The downside is that you have to avoid where they’re spraying while skiing.

Top of the mountain

A few new slopes have opened. The black section of the N.9 Tomba ski run has opened, while the red part that runs under the Bunderitza lift is still closed. The red N.6 Todorka run has also opened and is the only way down from the top part of the mountain. The top part of the N.4 Balkaniada ski run is also open, to where it flows into the N.6 run. We advise only intermediate and expert skiers to go to the upper slopes, as they are not suitable for beginners and there is no easy slope down. The Chalin Valog ski area is also open and working, but without the black N.16 ski run. The go around slope of the steep part of the N.15 is also open. There it’s pretty much a private slope, as very few people ski it.

Chalin Valog

Servicing the newly open slopes are the Bunderitza lift, which works only to its middle station and the 6 seat Todorka lift. The Todorka lift will take you to the highest part of the mountain that is open. The 4 seater at Chaling Valog is also working and so is the ski barge next to it.


Snow conditions are good on the slopes, but still no freeride conditions. The ski runs are hardpack throughout the day, with very little ice. There are many mini hills on some slopes, right in front of the working snow cannons. It’s good to be cautious where the snow cannons are throwing snow, as sometimes it can be very sticky. The top slopes have a bit more ice on them, so it’s harder to keep an edge there and having well serviced¬†edges will help. The Chalin Valog ski runs are exceptionally good due to two reasons. The first is that it is lower in the mountain, where temperatures are warmer, but still freezing most of the time. The second is that very few people are skiing it, almost no one. These two factors combined mean that the slopes have very little ice on them and you don’t have to worry about other people.


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