Today might be Friday the 13th, but we had perfect luck with the conditions today in Bansko. The season is in its final weekend and there are only two days left to ski, after that it’s a long wait until next winter. It’s been a great season with plenty of snow and we hope you enjoyed our Snow Reports throughout winter 2017/18. This weekend is also the Doncho Invitational, a freeride competition held just beyond the ski area in the Pirin Mountains.
All lifts in the mountain are working, except the Chalin Valog ski area. As you can guess there are, yet again, no lift lines anywhere and very few people on the slopes. Many restaurants, shops and activities have also already closed down, including some of the establishments in the ski area. The forecast for the weekend is for a sunny Saturday morning, followed by some rain in the afternoon and evening. Sunday is looking like it’s going to be a sunny/partly cloudy closing day. Temperatures today were around 5-15°C, depending on your altitude.
Slope conditions are the best in Bulgaria at the moment thanks to all the snow we got throughout the season. Today you couldn’t find a rock or root anywhere (with a few exceptions where the slope was naked) on the slopes and they were perfectly groomed the previous evening. In the morning all slopes had that nice corduroy finish, but it does get slushy and beat up by the afternoon. The best slopes today were the Todorka and Tomba runs, which saw the fewest skiers all day, thus were the least choppy. Conditions on the Plato and Shiligarnika runs were a little more deteriorated than the rest in the afternoon. The Plato is one of the first slopes to become full of tracks, as it sees the most sun throughout the day, melting the snow faster. The Ski Road has been closed for some time now, so you’ll need to take the gondola back down to town.
Conditions off-piste are decent from the Todorka peak, but there is no snow in the forests lower on the mountain. The snowpark has sadly also been removed, just when we were hoping to do one final session on it Sunday. Good thing there are plenty of jumps on the side of the slopes to fool around on. Many racers are also training early in the morning, so it’s good to be mindful not to get in their way.
We hope everyone who came out to Bansko this year had a great time and we’ll see you next season.
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