It’s been been cold and snowy the last week here in Bansko. Temperatures have been below 0°C throughout the week, reaching as low as -15°C on the slopes during the day. There has also been sufficient snowfall in the town and mountain.
Temperatures have been extremely low since last Thursday, but the forecast is for them to rise during the weekend to around -5°C. These low temperatures have kept many visitors off the mountain and the lift lines are smaller than usual for this time of year. It’s a good idea to dress really warm if you plan on going skiing. If you need a break, next to a fire in one of the restaurants is a good choice.
The new snow cover from the last few days is over 50cm. However, no new slopes have opened and the Plato ski runs remain closed and ungroomed. This will probably change soon, as another big snow front is in the forecast for the beginning of next week. Another 10-20cm of snow is also expected to fall Monday through Tuesday and it’s currently snowing on the mountain. You wanted snow, you got it.
The pistes are groomed relatively well, with only a few small bumps here and there. Conditions are best for all-mountain skis, as the snow is a little soft for hard carving racing skis. Clouds have kept the sun away, so brighter goggle lenses are beneficial. Wear two pairs of base layers is also a good idea if you want to stay warm.
In these conditions the Chalin Valog ski area is a perfect choice. Piste conditions are just as good as the rest of the mountain, it’s slightly warmer and very few people are skiing there. Keep in mind that it is only suitable for intermediate and advanced skiers. The lift also has a wind protector, so even the ride up is warmer than on the other lifts.
Off-piste conditions are still not what everybody wants them to be. There is a very high risk of avalanches on any open spots with fresh snow, they can even be triggered on relatively small faces. Under the ski lifts and in the woods there are still too many rocks and roots that are just underneath the surface of the snow. Skiing outside of the ski slopes is just still too risky for your equipment and body.
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