Snow Report: February 11th, 2018

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Another great week here in Bansko which is finishing off with plenty of new snow. Over Saturday and Sunday it snowed over 30cm of fresh powder up in the mountains, and the town is also covered in white. Conditions are good, with more than enough snow on the slopes for now. The forecast is for another 30cm Wednesday through Thursday, so fingers crossed it comes true.

The Todorka and Tomba runs.

The Todorka and Tomba runs.

All lifts in the resort are working, with queues at only a few lifts. The biggest line is for the gondola, which will be opening at 8 AM until the end of the high season. The chair lifts are also working from earlier so that lines don’t build up at the top gondola station. The only other lines were on Bunderishka Poliana, for the surface lift and the Kolarski 6-seat lift. Lines were almost non-existent for most of the other lifts, partially due to the fog higher up in the mountain. If you’re a beginner skier in need of the easiest kind of slopes, then we suggest checking out the surface lift at Chalin Valog. There were much fewer people there today and no fog.

On the slopes, there is currently plenty of snow and it seems like this year we’ll have good conditions until the end of the season. Surprisingly for a powder day, the slopes had been freshly groomed and were not covered in too much soft snow. But even though they were groomed, the small layer of soft snowed turned into bumps by the afternoon on all of the slopes. The black Tomba slope had a base layer of ice under the new snow, making it more unpredictable to ski. There was a thick fog in the higher part of the mountain, starting from somewhere around 1800m.asl., which kept visibility below 30m, making it hard to tell the contour of the snow. The snowfall is starting to settle down, so we can expect the slopes to be in perfect condition from tomorrow, at least until the next snow front. The Kolarski ski run is extremely crowded, so we suggest being extra cautious there.

The flat part before Shiligarnika is a merging point of 3 slopes and is one of the most crowded places on the mountain.

The flat part before Shiligarnika is a merging point of 3 slopes and is one of the most crowded places on the mountain.

Off-piste there is plenty of snow, but also a high risk of avalanches on the steeper and more open faces. The snow park is also open, even though some of the rails were covered in snow today. The park line consists of two jumps, followed by 3 boxes and a rail. When hitting the jumps, we suggest you get enough speed to get to the landing. The mistake we see most often is people being too afraid to get enough speed and will ultimately crash even harder on the knuckle of the landing.

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