February is halfway through and so is the ski season here in Bansko. This winter wasn’t the best so far, but we’re hoping that the second half will be better and with much more snow. We’re just now heading into the February mid-term school holidays and we’re doing so with 10-15 cm of fresh snow, which we got last night, good thing the forecast is showing even more snow next week.
As you can expect, during the busiest time of the season the gondola queue can get quite significant in the morning. Even at 8:30 AM, the line is already outside the gondola building and over 30 minutes long. If you don’t want to wait too long in the morning, there are several measures you can take, such as booking a shuttle to take you to the ski area. Find out more here:
Other than at the gondola, the lift lines in the ski area itself are still manageable. Until noon there are almost no lift lines anywhere and even in the afternoon, you’ll hardly notice waiting a few minutes each run. We’ll see how the lines are later in the mid-term school holidays. The forecast for the next few days is mostly dry and sunny with warmer temperatures on Monday. The next snowfall is going to be around Thursday night and we’re expecting another 10-15cm overnight. Winds will be gentle over the next few days as well, so the beginning of next week is looking like a perfect time for some skiing.
The snow conditions were excellent this morning, at least for the first 4-5 runs. Like we said in the beginning, we got 10-15cm of fresh snow last night and as always, not all the slopes were groomed before the first skiers hit the runs. This, of course, meant that some of the slopes became extremely choppy and with big bumps before noon. This is normal, as the slopes are groomed in the evening around 6-7 PM and when it snows all night there’s not much that can be done. By noon, the only smooth slopes were the red Todorka and black Tomba runs, as well as the Chalin Valog Ski area. The weather conditions today were everchanging and we got everything from thick fog and clouds to sunny bluebird skies in one day. A good trick to remember is when it’s foggy or cloudy in the main ski area, check the Chalin Valog ski area, as often there the weather will be OK.
The Plato today was extremely choppy after 10 AM, as it got the most fresh snow and wasn’t groomed. The good news is that once the snowcats groom the runs they will finally be perfect again, so tomorrow is the day to ski the Plato runs. Below the Plato, on the N.5 & N.10 runs, conditions were much better in the morning. However, these two slopes are the most popular and thus the quickest to deteriorate under the traffic of skiers and snowboarders. The best slope for beginners today was again the green slope in the Chalin Valog ski area, while intermediate and advanced skiers would probably have enjoyed the Todorka run the most. The Black Tomba run was amazing for the first few runs, while it was still perfect corduroy, however, in the afternoon icy patches leftover from the World Cup started to show.
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