Snow Report: February 18th, 2019

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If you’re just arriving in Bansko, we have some good news for you: it’s going to be sunny all week, or at least till Friday! And this perfect weather is just in time for one of the busiest weeks of the season, the British mid-term holiday. You’ll be able to work on your face tan while waiting in line for the lift. Just don’t forget to remove your goggles, unless you want all of your friends to know you went skiing from your gnarly goggle tan. Next weekend is also the FIS Skiing World Cup, so be ready for a busy week.

All lifts in the resort are working at full speed, however, you can expect lift queues everywhere this week. The gondola has started opening earlier, around 8 AM, but this has not helped drastically reduce the queue to even get to the mountain. Thankfully the resort is this full only for about 2-3 weeks out of the whole season, the week of the British mid-term holiday being the busiest. Waiting times vary for the different lifts, the gondola can take between 1 and 2 hours, depending on when you arrive at the queue. Once in the mountain, you can expect to wait 10-15 minutes for most of the lifts. The least busy lifts are the 6-seater Todorka lift, as well as the 4-seater Shiligarnika lift. And here’s a little secret, almost no one is skiing the Chalin Valog chairlift, and the queue there is minimal. Want to skip the gondola queue? Click on the link below and book a shuttle with us to the top gondola station.

Book your shuttle here

The Plato Ski Run

The Plato Ski Run

If you pull your focus away from the queues, you’ll find that skiing conditions are very good at the moment. The forecast is for perfectly sunny weather until Friday and slope conditions are terrific in the morning. As you can expect with the resort so full, the slopes deteriorate quite fast, but the thick snow cover means there are no rocks anywhere on the slopes. As the FIS Skiing World Cup is coming to Bansko next weekend, some of the slopes have been closed to prepare them for the event. Closed until the 25th are Tomba, Todorka and Old Run, which is just under 1/3 of the mountain. If you’re in Bansko next weekend, make sure to come and watch the best in the world battle it out for the top podium spot. If you’re thinking that there will be fewer people in the Chalin Valog ski area, you’re absolutely right! Just keep in mind that the slopes there are for experienced skiers and the steep parts of both slopes are very icy at times. If you want to make the most out of your trip we can suggest the following plan:

-Book a transfer beforehand to the top gondola station from our website, so you can be one of the first on the slopes.
-Ski as much as possible till noon, after which go for a lunch break.
-Move down to the Chalin Valog area via Ski Road 2, as there are few people there in the afternoon.

The Chalin Valog ski area in the afternoon.

The Chalin Valog ski area in the afternoon.

Ski & Board Traventuria is a leading provider of lift passes, equipment rental, airport transfers and ski school for the Bansko area. To book your next ski vacation in Bansko with us, please check our website – www.skibansko.bg

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Ever since I started skiing at the age of 6, I knew that the mountains were where I wanted to be as much as possible. I enjoy most mostly big mountain skiing during the winter, but am happy just being out of the city.

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