We have good news from Bansko for our first snow report of the new year. Since Wednesday afternoon it hasn’t stopped snowing in the mountain and town. There is over 20cm of new snow in Bansko, while on the slopes there is much more.
All of the previously open ski runs were groomed and opened. Only the Plato ski area and Banderitza 2 lift remain closed, but that will probably change very soon. There were very little lift lines in the mountain and mainly at the Kolarski ski lift. Most of the other ski lifts had no lines before noon.
The snow was very soft on the slopes, even though it had been groomed during the evening. There were no ice patches, rocks or anything like that anywhere on the groomed slopes. As the day progresses the sloples deteriorate and moguls and bumps start to take shape. On days with new snow and soft slopes, this effect is much more apparent. Slope conditions were best for wider all-mountain skis.
Off-piste there are still many rocks and branches that are not sufficiently covered. Anyone venturing out of the marked ski area was bound to hit a rock or two. But for those who were too eager to wait, some powder could be found on the side of the slopes and under a few lifts. Any of the serious freeride terrain is still far from being skiable from all of the rocks. There is also a high avalanche risk from all of the new snow. Visibility was low in the upper part of the mountain due to clouds, but winds were very low. The Chalin Valog ski area was perfect today, as there were no crowds, great visibility and perfect slopes.
The forecast for the next few days is for it to continue snowing, but less intensely and for much lower temperatures. Thermometers are expected to show -15°C to -20°C on Saturday and Sunday.
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