Conditions today in Bansko were sunny, with the weather warming up throughout the day. Just a bit of new snow on Thursday, with the snow cannons working hard the last few days. Conditions on the slopes are generally good, but there are many people in the resort, making some of the slopes crowded. Lift lines vary depending on which lift you want to take, for some you may need to queue for 10-15 minutes.
The Chalin Valog lift has opened this week, leaving only the 6-seat Todorka lift still closed. We did see the resort management run the chairs out on Todorka so hopefully, it should be open soon. Our guess is that once the Balkaniada and Todorka ski runs are open, the lift will also start working. In terms of lift lines, things could be better. Down at the gondola, if you come at 9 AM you will be waiting for around an hour to get on, with the doors opening at around 8:15. Up in the mountain, you’ll find the biggest lift line at the Bunderitza mid-station. Once you get off the Bunderitza 1 lift, you can only get onto the Bunderitza 2 lift since all the slopes going down from there are closed. The queue for the Plato lift is around 15-20 minutes, while there are almost no lines for the Shiligarnika and Mosta lifts (up to 5-10 minutes waiting).
Snow conditions are very good in the morning, while the slopes are still freshly groomed. All ski slopes are open, except the Balkaniada and Todorka runs and Chalin Valog 1. Sadly, there are some rocks at the edges of a few of the slopes, so you shouldn’t ski fast and blind down. Early morning, the best slopes are the Plato runs and the red N.2 Banderica, as these are the first to see sunlight. We advise beginner skiers to stay clear of the black Tomba ski run, as that is very icy and accidents happen there almost every day. By the afternoon the easier slopes are full of people and bumps start to form. In regards to the Ski Road, all is good, but you should be cautious at the end as many people are talking walks and sledding with their children.
There are still no conditions for off-piste riding, with no big snow dump in the foreseeable future. If you’re looking for powder, this may not be your year. The fun park at the bottom of the Plato is still closed, but is taking shape. Some of the rails have been put in place and there will be a jump line with 3 small jumps.
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