Christmas has come and gone and the year is almost over, but the ski season in Bansko is just starting. So far there hasn’t been too much natural snow and the resort management has had to rely mostly on artificial snow cannons to open up new slopes. Hopefully, with the next snowfall, the rest of the resort will fully open as most slopes are nearly ready for exploitation. Keep reading to find out what’s open in the ski zone and what the conditions are.
Currently, only about half of the lifts are open, these being: the Gondola, Kolarski, Bunderitza 1 & 2 which go from the top gondola station at the base of the ski area to the peak, the Plato and the Shiligarnika lifts. The queue at the bottom gondola station is about 10-15 minutes, while on the slopes queues are around 5-10 minutes for each run. At the gondola, the biggest queue is for the lift tickets, so if you want to skip that you should buy your lift pass the day before. If you have a lift pass as part of a ski package from us, you will receive it in the rental shop and not need to wait in line. We’re hoping that once more ski runs open, the lift lines will disperse and waiting times will become shorter. Still closed are the 6-seater Todorka lift, Mosta and Chalin Valog, as well as the surface lifts on Buderishka Poliana (at the top gondola station). These lifts will probably open soon, except for Chalin Valog, which is located much lower in the mountain and will need more snow before the slopes there can open.
Not many slopes were open today, but on the ones that are open conditions are pretty good, considering the slow snowless start to the season. Open are the Plato, Kolarski and Bunderitza run up until the midway point. Everything else is officially closed, but some slopes just need another day or two of artificial snow and they’ll be good to go. This means that to get from the top of the mountain down, you will need to take a lift or ski one of the closed slopes. If you don’t want to take the lift down, you can ski the N.10 from the bottom of the Plato ski runs down, but it will be at your own risk since it’s closed. We’ll keep you updated as soon as new slopes open, but our best bet is that this weekend at least the N.10 will be newly open.
The snow cover is actually quite good, all things considered. It’s mostly artificial snow, but all we need is one good snowfall and the rest of the slopes will open fast. If you want to shred a few turns on perfect corduroy slopes, you’ll need to be among the first on the mountain, but even later in the day, it’s not bad. The best slopes to ski on at the moment are the two Plato ski runs, which are compromised entierly of natural snow. If you’re a beginner looking for a green run, you might be out of luck, as only the Kolarski ski run is open and can be very crowded at times. Everyone’s favorite Ski Road is still closed, as warm temperatures in the town have kept the snow cannons from making snow at the very end of the run.
Stay tuned for more Snow Reports throughout the season!
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