Happy World Snow Day and only one week to go until to FIS Skiing World Cup in Bansko! Next weekend we’ll be greeting the best women skiers in the world for an amazing race in the Downhill and Super GS disciplines. Until then we’re expecting good conditions and plenty of sunshine. And once the race is over, we’ll finally be able to enjoy some of the more difficult slopes in Bansko.
Just as last week, the queues are extremely short, even at the base gondola station. The waiting time to get on the gondola is about 10-15 at most around 9:30 AM. On the mountain, there were no lift lines anywhere and the slopes were noticeably less crowded than during the holidays. The forecast for the next 10 days is again sunshine, so conditions will be perfect to grab a beer and watch the WC next weekend. And don’t forget to take off your ski mask from time to time, unless you want to go home with a goggle tan. Sunscreen is also advised.
At the moment quite a few slopes are closed in preparation for the World Cup. Even so, there are still plenty of ski runs suitable for beginners and intermediate skiers. One of the best slopes these last few days was the top of the Bunderitza run, which goes from the top of the resort to the midway station of the Bunderitza lift. It’s the best-kept slope, but it is shorter than most runs. The conditions on the Plato ski runs aren’t as good as earlier in the season, mostly because the resort staff isn’t able to groom them too much, before pulling up rocks. The conditions on the two Shiligarnika ski runs are an improvement as they are better groomed. But the hidden gem of the weekend was Stara Kotva (a.k.a Ols Run), which is a short run between the Shiligarnika and Bunderishka Poliana areas. It has its own surface lift and was perfectly groomed so that the local race clubs could train. The other “secret spot” for more advanced skiers is Chalin Valog. There you won’t find many skiers, but the slopes are a lot harder. The first part of the run is extremely steep, but there is an easier way around. The rest of the slope is much easier.
Once the World Cup finishes, the red Todorka and Black Tomba ski runs will open and should be in good condition. This will further lighten the density of people on the slopes, well before the February mid-term holidays.
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