Snow Report: January 20th, 2019


It’s going to be a white week here in Bansko with plenty of snow in the forecast. We’re expecting to get around 50cm over the course of the next 4-5 days, with temperatures during the day between 0°C and -8°C, depending on where you are on the mountain. Not perfect conditions for skiing, but good news for those of you who will be coming to Bansko later in the season.

The Balkaniada Ski Run

The Balkaniada Ski Run

It’s currently the low-season, so there aren’t too many people in the resort and lift queues are quick. Only down at the gondola is there a more significant wait and it’s around 30-50 minutes long at peak times. Considering many people spend more time commuting to work each day, it’s not too bad. Still, it’s shorter than at the peak of the season, during the February mid-term breaks. Once you get up in the mountain there are almost no lift lines anywhere, except for some of the beginners’ surface lifts. All lifts in the resort are working and there hasn’t been any wind the last few days, unlike earlier in the week when the wind speeds forced some of the lifts to close. The forecast is for a sunny Monday, followed by snow every day until the weekend. The most significant snowfalls will be on Wednesday and Thursday night. Maybe we’ll have a Friday-Powday? We hope so.

Thanks to the recent snowfalls, and the snow falling at the moment, slope conditions have been great. It’s only on days like today, when there is fresh new snow, that the slopes deteriorate very fast. As we’ve explained before, the snowcats can’t come and groom during the middle of the day for safety reasons, so the slopes turn to soft moguls by noon. Besides, even if the snowcats did groom the slopes, the snow wouldn’t have enough time to harden and would again be a bumpy ride in no time. We all want it to be sunny when we’re on the slopes, but as they say, it doesn’t snow when the sun is out. And no snow means no skiing, so put on your most water-repellant jackets and hit the slopes. Light conditions are also difficult and even with a fog-specific lense, it’s still hard to make out the details in the slope.

Conditions off-piste are not that great at the moment, with no fresh powder anywhere around the resort. The snow park is also very far from being open, but hopefully with all this new snow it’ll open soon.

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