Snow Report: January 12th, 2020


What’s up Bansko fans, welcome to another edition of our Weekly Snow Report. Here you’ll find everything you need to know about the conditions for skiing in Bulgaria’s premier resort and more. Since last week some more slopes have opened and we even got some fresh snow last night. Conditions today were very foggy but we’re expecting more sunny days starting tomorrow. Going into January we’re expecting fewer people on the slopes and better conditions all around.

The N.5 Shiligarnika run.

All lifts in the resort are now open, including the Chalin Valog lift located below the main ski area. The best part is that there are fewer people in Bansko at the moment than during the holidays. Today the queue for the gondola was only 15-20 minutes at 9 AM and there were no queues at all in the ski area on any lift. There hasn’t been that much fresh snow this season so far, but we did get another 10cm last night. The forecast is for another nice and sunny week all the way up to the FIS World Cup, which will be held between the 24th and 26th of January. If you’re planning a trip to Bansko around those days, make sure to spend some time watching the quickest women in the world ski down the Todorka and Tomba runs as fast as possible.

In preparation for the World Cup, the resort management has closed the slopes which will be used for the competition. This is because there is a lot of work still left to be done on the racecourse and it would be impossible if the runs were open. These are red and black slopes, so beginners won’t be affected, but intermediate and advanced skiers will miss the chance to ski the most demanding slopes in Bansko until after the WC. Closed are part of the Bunderitza run, Todorka and Tomba, with the finish area being at the top gondola station on Bunderishka Poliana.

The green slope in Chalin Valog

Newly open is the N.5 Shiligarnika slope, which goes from the base of the Plato ski runs to the Shiligarnika area. Thanks to this, there is much less traffic on the parallel N.10 Shiligarnika run, making both slopes safer and more fun. Conditions on the Plato have started to deteriorate a little, but hopefully, with this fresh new snow, the snowcats will be able to groom the slope better. Our favorite slope of the day was definitely the N.5, followed by what’s left open of the Bunderitza run at the top of the mountain. The Ski Road is also open all the way to town and it’s in good condition all the way to the end. When skiing in Bansko, you should keep in mind that the slopes have plenty of artificial snow in them, making them longlasting and hard, but icy patches do show up at the end of the day.

The end of the Ski Road, just before the base gondola station.

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