Snow Report: February 24th, 2018

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The high season here in Bansko is almost over and March is just around the corner. That means we have just over a month and a half left to ski! Hopefully, the lift queues will start to die down now that the mid-term vacations are over and we won’t have to get up so early to avoid them. Conditions have been cloudy and foggy the last few days, but we’re expecting another heavy snow dump starting Sunday night.

The Tomba ski run.

The Tomba ski run.

The gondola lift line today at 8:30 AM was smaller than on other days, but was still about an hour long. The queues for the lifts were longer around the Bunderishka Poliana. The wait for the Bunderitza and Kolarski lifts was 5-10 minutes, while there were no queues at the Shiligarnik and Mosta lifts. Over the last few days, there has been a foggy layer that affects only part of the slopes. Yesterday it stayed below the altitude of the Plato ski area, while today it rolled in around 11 AM and covered the top part of the mountain. This meant that lift lines were longer in the lower parts of the mountain. Below the fog, visibility was good. On days like today, yellow lens goggles are the best choice. The Chalin Valog ski area was almost empty as usual.

Visibility was good throughout the mountain until 11 AM.

Visibility was good throughout the mountain until 11 AM.

The slope conditions were stable today, even though the temperatures the last few days were above normal. That’s thanks to the sufficient snow cover on the pistes from the previous snowfalls. We’re expecting another 50-60cm Sunday through Tuesday, with the freezing level dropping low enough for it to snow in Bansko as well. If you’re coming by car during this time make sure you have winter tires! Due to the warm temperatures and high humidity, the slopes were a little slushy, but they stayed flat throughout most of the day. Since there was no visibility on the Plato, this meant that the N.5 and N.10 slopes had to take on even more traffic than usual and were very crowded on some parts of the slope. If you want to get away from the crowds and are an advanced skier, then you should check out the Chalin Valog ski area. It’s lower down the mountain and the snow is slushier, but it’s the best place to ski if you hate crowded slopes.

The flat bit of slope before Shiligarnika is the most crowded place in Bansko. 3 different ski runs all connect above the 180 bar.

The flat bit of slope before Shiligarnika is the most crowded place in Bansko. 3 different ski runs all connect above the 180 bar.

Conditions off the slopes are relatively stable at the moment but we’re expecting heavy snowfall the next few days which could change that. The powder snow is very heavy in the lower parts of the mountain and requires extra effort to ski. The park was closed today due to the lack of visibility but is ready to open once the fog is gone.

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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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