Snow Report: March 24th, 2019

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The ski season is wrapping up here in Bansko, but there are still 15 more days left to ski with nice spring conditions. The resort officially closes on the 7th of April this year, which is a week earlier than past years, but this isn’t due to a lack of snow. We’re hoping that the resort management will have a change of heart and keep the lifts running a week longer but for now, that’s just wishful thinking from our side. We’re expecting some more snow over the next week and for another sunny weekend at the beginning of April.

The Balkaniada ski run.

The Balkaniada ski run.

All lifts in the resort are open and there are almost no lift lines anywhere on the mountain. The only downside is that the resort staff have left the gondola on first gear and it moves slowly, really slowly. The forecast for the next week is looking interesting, as there is going to be snowfall and negative temperatures Wednesday and Thursday. At the top of the Plato ski runs, temperatures will be around -5°C during the day and around 0°C at the top gondola station on Bunderishka Poliana. The forecast is showing around 5-10cm of new snow, which ain’t much, but it’ll help keep a decent snow base until the end of the season.

The Tomba ski run in the late afternoon.

The Tomba ski run in the late afternoon.

Slope conditions are in their typical spring/end of season phase. In the morning most slopes are rock hard, as the slush freezes overnight after it’s been groomed. This is perfect for intermediate and advanced skiers armed with a decent pair of piste skis. After 9 AM the slopes start softening up, first are the Plato ski runs since they have an eastern exposure. By 11 AM most of the slopes have a slight slushy layer on top but don’t become too choppy. The Plato runs are the roughest, followed by the two Shiligarnika runs below. The stiffest and least choppy runs are the Tomba and Todorka runs, but they are very icy first thing in the morning. Thankfully there are still no rocks or anything like that on the slopes. The ski road is also still open, so you don’t have to ride the gondola down. But be ready to do some pushing if you’re going down in the afternoon when the snow is slowest.

Near the end of the ski road.

Near the end of the ski road.

Conditions off-piste aren’t so great at the moment. There are many exposed rocky areas and good snow is kinda hard to find. Hopefully, next weeks snow will improve the situation. The fun park is open and being shaped regularly and consists of two medium jumps, two smaller ones and a bunch of boxes and rails.  Next weekend is also the annual Split Fest, which is held in the Bezbog hut area.

The fun park is located at the bottom of the Plato ski runs.

The fun park is located at the bottom of the Plato ski runs.

Ski & Board Traventuria is a leading provider of lift passes, equipment rental, airport transfers and ski school for the Bansko area. To book your next ski vacation in Bansko with us, please check our website – www.skibansko.bg

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