Lots of new snow here in Bansko, not that we weren’t expecting a big March snow dump. It’s been snowing over 20-30cm a day since Tuesday night and the forecast is for non-stop snow in the mountain until Monday. The only downside is that heavy fog has closed off the upper part of the mountain today and some lifts remained closed.
The new snow cover is well over 60cm and growing. This means that we’ll have good slopes for even longer, so far the season is set to close on the 17th of April. With all of the new snow the slopes weren’t in very good condition, as the snowcats cannot groom them while people are skiing there. But that’s how it goes, snow doesn’t fall on a sunny day. Sadly, down in the city it’s raining, so waiting in the gondola queue isn’t very pleasant. Conditions on the ski road are… let’s just say “wet”.
Heavy fog closed off the top of the mountain. Closed today were the Plato, Bunderitza 2, and Todorka lifts. The reason is that previous days, when they were open in the fog some tourists got lost into avalanche terrain and needed rescuing from the Mountain Patrol. It’s a good call, as visibility is incredibly bad in such a thick fog. It’s very easy to get lost and wander off the slope.
With all this new snow freeride conditions are better. The snow is a little heavy, so it covers the shrubs and rocks very well, but is harder to ski. Using a pair of freeride skis will greatly increase the pleasure you get out of it. Clients of Ski & Board Traventuria who have taken a VIP package can change skis everyday, so it’s a good opportunity to get skis better suited for the conditions. Even on the slopes wider skis are a better choice for intermediate and advanced skiers.
The Avalanche risk is high and any steep and open terrain should be avoided. A good place to try skiing in deep snow is the top part of the Tomba ski run, where it runs under the lift line. Here the slope is rarely groomed and you’re not leaving the safety of the resort. One should always be cautious when skiing in the woods, as it’s easy to get trapped in bad terrain. As it hasn’t stopped snowing, you should dress for wet conditions.
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