Winter is back and we got around 20cm of fresh snow in the mountain last night. Needless to say, the powder conditions were good and we got to ski some great lines. The snow cover is very thick and covers most of the mountain pine trees on the Plato, which is more than enough to last until the end of the season. The season ends on the 15th of April, which is the same weekend as the Doncho Invitational freeride competition, held near the resort.
All lifts on the mountain were working today, however, there was a malfunction with the gondola which caused it to close for several hours. Passholders were driven up the mountain up by buses, while everyone already on the lift was taken up on emergency power. This created big lines at the base gondola station for the bus line. Other than that, there are no lift queues at all on the mountain. This morning at 8:25 AM there were no more than 30 people at the gondola and a few waiting for the ticket desk to open. Visibility on the mountain was variable throughout the day. The fog and clouds would come and go and change altitude in a short period of time.
Snow conditions were perfect in the morning. On the Plato ski run, there was a fresh layer of powder on top of the groomed slope. The slopes didn’t get too choppy by the afternoon, much smoother conditions than during the February high season. The N.8 Ulen ski run was closed today for a race and there where gates set up on the Tomba ski run for training. The cold weather today kept the snow in better condition and it wasn’t as heavy as last week when it was raining. The Ski Road is still open and was quite fast today up until the Peshterite restaurant, where this snow turned quickly to slush. We’ll see how much longer it holds before we have to use the gondola to go back down to Bansko. The snowpark was closed today due to the fresh snow, but we expect the park crew will shape the jumps and boxes as soon as they can.
Freeride conditions were very good today, even though it could be one of the last big snowfalls of the season. All of the big mountain terrains immediately around the higher slopes were full of tracks by noon. Since it’s the weekend, many skiers and snowboarders from around Bulgaria came to ride one last powder day in Bansko. Terrain like “The Cup” and the Bunderica chutes are no place for beginners and getting through the first 1/3 of the run is often much easier than the last 1/3.
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