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It’s the final week of the season here in Bansko, and sadly, this is no April fools joke. This year the chairlifts will close on the 7th of April, which is next Sunday, 6 full skiing day from now. The good news is that there is still plenty of snow for the final week of skiing and conditions were great this weekend. Little by little many establishments in Bansko are closing down early for the summer, but we’ll be open until the end.

The Chalin Valog ski area, as well as the Ski Road, are closed as of today, but all of the other lifts and slopes are still open with normal working hours. There are no queues anywhere in the resort and very few people on the slopes themselves. In other words, conditions were perfect for those of you who made it out here this spring and have yet to come. Just keep in mind that you’ll need to take the gondola down now that the Ski Road to Bansko is closed.

Since we moved the clock this weekend, the slopes are firm for an extra hour. In the morning conditions are nice and hardpacked and you’ll need a decent pair of piste skis with sharp edges to make the most out of it. Conditions early in the morning are mostly for intermediate and advanced skiers who have a stable stance. Beginners are better off sleeping in and heading up at around 10 AM when the slopes have started softening up a little. The choppiest slopes are the Plato and Shiligarnika runs, which have a more eastern exposure, while the north-facing Balkaniada, Todorka and Tomba runs are hardpacked all day. On the latter pistes, the slopes even get icy after enough people have skied down them and exposed the thick layer of ice left over from the FIS World Cup in late February. The most popular runs at the moment are the two Shiligarnika runs, as they soften up early, but are in better condition than the Plato ski runs.

Today the Tomba ski run was also closed, not due to a lack of snow, but for a race. Most mornings you can see racers training early in the morning. The snowpark is still here and was well shaped for this weekend. We’ll see if it last until the last day. Conditions off-piste are decent, but you’ll need to earn your turns. Everything within reach of the lifts is not really any good, but with a few hours of hiking or ski-touring, you can find some really good lines. This weekend there were two freeride events in the Pirin mountains. The Doncho Invitational is a backcountry freeride competition held just above the Vihren hut and brings in most of the top skiers and boards in Bulgaria. The format is just like any freeride competition, however, there are some big man-made jumps across the mountain you can use to beef up your score. The second event was the Splitboard festival held at the Bezbog hut, which has many foreign visitors as well as locals. There participants tour the area and ski down some nice lines.

This is also our final Snow Report for the season, so that’s it from us. We hope all of you who made it out to Bansko this year had a good time and consider coming back soon. See you next year!

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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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.

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.

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.

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.

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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So you’ve booked your flight, hotel, shuttle, ski school and are leaving tomorrow to go skiing abroad. Its 9 PM and your flight is in 6 hours, so you decide it’s about time to pack your luggage. To help you not forget something import like your underwear or a toothbrush, we’ve made a small list of essentials (and not so essential stuff) that you shouldn’t forget to pack in your ski trip luggage.

We won’t be including things that you should bring with you on any trip, such as the aforementioned underwear and toothbrush.

A good ski/snowboard bag will make carrying your equipment much easier. Tip: When buying one make sure you can fit your boots in there as well.

Ski Jacket and Pants

Don’t be one of those people that go skiing in their jeans. Just don’t. Other than annoying the fashion police you will be putting yourself in some serious health risks! On the slopes, it’s more often cold, wet and never dry. Image being in normal pants, soaking wet at -2°C, not very fun. You’ll spend more money on medical bills, due to your hypothermia, than actually buying a set of snow pants and jacket. For those of you who don’t want to spend the cash on pants for your first time, you can rent some from our shop – Ski & Board Traventuria.

Everything you need to stay warm on the mountain.

Warm Clothes

It’s always important to bring warm enough clothes when skiing, namely a mid and base layer. For a mid-layer, you don’t need to buy anything special. Any normal sweatshirt that’s comfy will do. But if you do feel like getting something a little more comfortable, go for a fleece sweatshirt without a hood.

For a lot of skiers, a base layer is something to not leave home without. What it does is keep you warm, while removing any extra sweat and moister. This is especially useful for those of you who tend to sweat a lot while doing sports. As the name suggests, this is the first layer you should put on, even under a tee shirt. Prices vary, but you can find some very cheap, non-big brand base layers from stores like Decathlon. For one week bring at least two-three sets if you’re not planning on doing any washing. You can usually get away with one set for two days tops before the odor is strong enough to kill everyone in the cabin lift.

Ski/Snowboard Socks

This is something that is often overlooked by first-time skiers and boarders. What’s the difference between normal socks and ski socks? They are longer, warmer and some are made from special materials to minimize smell and wick away moisture. Make sure to bring plenty of socks.

Ski Gloves

This is pretty self-explanatory. For first timers bring something at least a little waterproof, so you don’t have soaking wet hands. Also, wet gloves tend to smell. Bad. If your learning how to snowboard, bring two pairs with you every day. Novice boarders tend to be on the ground a lot and soaking wet gloves are almost guaranteed. Hence the second pair.

Ski Mask or Sunglasses

One of the two is a must if you want to protect your eyes. Even if it’s not sunny, the snow can really strain your eyes for the worse. My personal preference is ski goggles, as they keep my face warmer and are safer for your eyes if you crash. I only go skiing with sunglasses when it’s a perfect sunny day. If you don’t have your own mask, fear not, you can rent one from our shop.

Different interchangeable lenses for various conditions.

Hat/Helmet

Another self-explanatory pick. Keeping your head warm is just common sense. If you don’t have a ski hat at least, you can always buy one for cheap when you get to the resort. Helmets are optional but always a good choice, as it’s better to have one and not need it, than the other way around.

Wall Socket Adapter

If your destination has different electrical sockets, this is something very useful. Not just so you can have a charged phone to take selfies with, but also your phone can save your life if there is an accident or you get lost in the woods. Charge your phone every night, as batteries die much faster in the cold. If you’re noticing problems with your phone, try keeping it in an inner pocket, where it’s warmer. Bulgaria uses the type F socket, so visitors from the UK will need an adapter.

Swimsuit

Check if your resort has pools or better yet, mineral baths. Mineral baths are great ways to relax after a long day of skiing and help your muscles recover faster. There are plenty in the Bansko area, but the best are in the village of Banya. You can hire transportation to the village from our rental shop, it’s only a 10-minute drive out of town.

Insurance

Always travel with health insurance. If worst comes to worst, you’ll be glad you got it. The lift passes in Bansko also have limited insurance. They will only cover the cost of getting you from the slope to the hospital. If you are off-piste you won’t be covered. Medical procedures afterward are also not covered with the lift pass.

Skiing Backpack

A backpack designed for skiing and other extreme sports will be much more comfortable on the slopes than any average sack. A good skiing backpack will have useful features such as a waist strap, ski/snowboard and helmet carry straps, camelback pouch and a goggle pocket.

Left: Backpack with avalanche airbag system and equipment; Right: Normal ski backpack.

Waxing Set

Many groups bring with them a full waxing set, consisting of an iron, wax, edge tools and scrape. Carrying this can save your group a lot of money, as a single wax in Bansko can cost around 5-10lv and up. If 5 of you wax your skis twice, that’s 50-100lv saved.

Speaker, flask, waxing essentials, boot dryers.

Other Random Stuff

-Boot dryers! You can buy small boot dryers that you plug into the wall and in a few hours, your ski boots will be dry. Or you can also add boot drying to your ski package with us.
-Knee braces are small and it’s great to have them if you fall and suddenly need them.
-Shin protectors are also very useful, especially if you have crooked feet and are renting boots. Sidas have a nice offer.
-Music! You can get a decent compact Bluetooth speaker for cheap.
-Sunscreen and chapstick.
-IDs and passports.
-Flask, you know why.

Once you’ve packed your essentials, fill up the rest of your suitcase with normal clothing and whatever else fits and you feel like bringing.

Have any other suggestion? Leave a comment below.

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

If you would like to stay updated with the latest snow reports and news from Bansko, you can follow us on Facebook or visit our blog every week.

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Winter is back here in Bansko! After a series of soft and warm days, a new cold front has hit Bulgaria and temperatures are once again within the winter norms. Temperatures today at noon were around 2°C in the town and -2°C to -7°C on the mountain. Overall conditions are perfect for skiing and we even got some fresh powder overnight. The resort is set to be open at least until the 7th of April, with lift pass prices being reduced by 20% from the 18th for on the spot rates at the ticket office.

Lift queues in the resort are much shorter now that we’re in the low season. The line for the gondola today was longest between 9:30 and 10:30, with almost no queue at 8:30 when the gondola is already open and working. If you don’t want to wait in line too long, make sure to be at the base station before 9:15 AM and make your way to the ski zone in under 20-30 minutes. On the mountain, queues are once again minimal and you can get a lot of skiing done in one day without waiting too much in lines. All lifts in the resort were working as usual, with low wind speeds in the mountain today, up to 7km/h higher in the mountain. Clouds did cover part of the slopes, hindering visibility, mostly at the middle of the Plato ski runs. At the top of the Bunderitza 2 lift, you suddenly come over the clouds for an awesome view.

Slope conditions were good over the last few sunny days even though the slopes were very hardpacked at times. Today conditions were not so great, as the sudden drop in temperature made the base layer of the slope very icy and the fresh snow from last night didn’t help improve conditions for skiers today. But the new snow has definitely made things much better in the long run, as once it’s groomed and homogenized into the base layer, things won’t be so icy. As usual, the slopes became choppy much earlier due to the fresh and soft snow, but whoever was first in the mountain probably got a few good turns in. If your planing on skiing the next few days, be prepared for hardpack slopes and make sure you’vve sharpend your edges.

The Snow Park was closed today due to the fog/clouds, but is in good shape generally, with the two bigger jumps finally opening. Most of the boxes have new top sheets this winter and slide very well. Conditions off-piste are also decent if you know where to look, with plenty of snow, but an icy base in some areas. The wind has affected the backcountry negatively higher up in the mountain, and some areas aren’t much good. The Clouds in the middle of the mountain didn’t reach the north face of mt. Todorka and a few people ascended to the peak. From Saturday and onward the summit will be perfect for skiing if the weather is sunny and not too warm. As always, we don’t encourage going out of bounds without the proper avalanche safety gear and knowledge of the terrain.

The forecast for the next 5 days is for some more snow Thursday night, around 5-10cm, and sunshine starting Saturday. The freezing level will be around 1500m.asl. during the day until Friday, while Saturday and onward temperatures will be warmer. The goods news is that there is more than enough snow to last until the end of the season, even if the slopes start getting slushy.

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

If you would like to stay updated with the latest snow reports and news from Bansko, you can follow us on Facebook or visit our blog every week.

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March is in full swing here in Bansko and conditions are great, considering the warmer weather we’ve had the last few days. The high-season has passed and spring skiing mode is on, so make sure to bring plenty of sunscreen, sunglasses and everything else you need for a great sunny day. The slopes aren’t the same as in January but have a different type of charm. The best news we have today is that the Fun Park has finally opened! We were worried that this year there wouldn’t be any jumps and rails, but thankfully the resort staff has put together some awesome features!

The newly built Bansko Fun Park is located at the end of the Plato ski run.

Today was another windy day, we’ve had quite a few already this season. Wind speeds of over 20-25km/h closed the top of the resort in the morning, with the Plato and Bunderitza 2 lifts working for only a little while before that. Thankfully, the top station of the 6-seat Todorka lift is slightly lower in the mountain and can withstand stronger winds, thus giving access to most of the mountain, including the lower part of the Plato, where the Fun Park is. Lift queues aren’t as big as during the mid-term holidays, however, there is still a decent line for the gondola in the morning. But the wait is under 1 hour at its peak and shorter throughout the rest of the day, which is much quicker than during the end of February. If your planning on buying afternoon passes, you probably won’t be waiting more than 15 minutes in line, if at all.

The N.5 Shiligarnika ski run.

Chalin Valog in the morning.

Slope conditions are in their typical spring skiing phase. Early in the morning, they are extremely hardpacked but start softening up by 10 AM. If your a fan of fast skiing down stiff slopes and have sharp edges on your skis, it’s definitely worth getting up the mountain earlier. If your a more casual skier, going up an hour later might be better, but keep in mind that the gondola queue will be longer. Early in the morning, the Chalin Valog runs are great, as they are lower in the mountain and soften up an hour earlier than up top. After a few runs there, you can take the gondola from its mid-way station and ski the main part of the resort after it’s softened up and not rock-hard. The best time to ski on days like today is between 10 AM and 1 PM, that’s when the slope conditions are optimal. After 12 o’clock, the slopes start to get slushy and choppy but were not bad at all today.

The Todorka ski run at the end of the ski day.

On days like today, where the top lifts are closed due to the wind, the rest of the slopes become more crowded and this leads to them deteriorating faster. We’re not expecting strong wind until around next Tuesday, so conditions will most likely be better over the next few days. The best slopes for advanced and intermediate skiers today were probably the Balkaniada and Todorka ski runs, especially the latter. The Todorka and Tomba ski runs today where much stiffer than the rest, mostly because of the FIS World Cup which was held there and the slopes were “iced up” before that. The current snow cover is more than enough to outlast the ski season, which will most likely end a week earlier than last year, on the 7th of April.

The N.5 Shiligarnika ski run.

Like we said earlier, the Fun Park is now open and consists of 2 small jumps, two bigger ones, 6 rails and 5 boxes. If you’re planning on skiing there make sure to first read the “Park Rules” and remember to never stay in the landing of the jumps.

Style over the last feature.

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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The winter season is still going strong here in Bansko and conditions were perfect today in the mountain. The high-season is pretty much over and the crowds have left, but there is still just over a month left to ski and plenty of snow. Historically, March has always been a snowy month with some great powder days, so we’ll be keeping an eye on the forecast.

The Skiing World Cup has ended and all of the slopes have been reopened, however, some of the facilities and tribunes are still being dismantled on Bunderishka Poliana. The gondola is still opening earlier than usual, today the first ones up the mountain got on the lift at around 8 AM, but there is still a significant queue, around 30 minutes long, later in the morning. Once on the mountain, there are very few queues more than a few minutes long. The main exception is the Kolarski 6-seat chairlift, which is the most popular for beginners. There you can expect to wait 5-10 minutes in line sometimes.

Todorka Ski Run

Tomba Ski Run

Today we were among the first ones up, catching the gondola at 8:05 AM. The slopes were nearly perfect, with a firm corduroy finish on top. The low temperature overnight helped keep the snow hardpacked and by 11 AM the slopes hadn’t budged. When you’re among the first on the mountain, you should always start with the Plato ski runs, before the rest of the skiers and boarders arrive. For the more advanced skiers, the Todorka ski run was probably best today, as it’s extremely firm but grippier than the Tomba run. Just under a week ago, a World Cup event was held on the same slopes, but they were much icier then. For beginners and especially first-timers, the green slope in the Chalin Valog ski area is the best choice on days like today.

Plato Ski Run

Top of the Todorka Lift.

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The busiest week of the year is finally behind us! The mid-term holidays are over, the FIS Skiing World Cup as well, all that’s left is for us to enjoy the best month of the season – March! If you’re still wondering on whether to make a trip out to Bansko, now is the time to start planning a mid-March ski vacation, you won’t regret it. Check out last year’s March Snow Reports here: 2nd, 10th, 29th of March.

As usual, the biggest lift queue of the day was the gondola, where the line was extremely long in all directions. At 10 AM the wait was well over 1 hour, however, oddly enough there were no queues on the chairlifts in the mountain at all. Part of the reason for the big gondola queue was the fact that the road to the ski area was closed for WC race staff and teams, as well as an increase in visitors just for the race. During the week the line was big, but not this big. All of the lifts up in the mountain were working normally today, with minimal queues. The forecast for next week is for temperatures to gradually rise until the weekend.

The Plato ski runs.

Snow conditions were great throughout the week when we had nice and sunny weather. Things changed Friday with a drastic drop in temperatures and 20-30cm of fresh powder overnight. All of the fresh snow forced the race organizers to cancel the Super-G on Saturday and temperatures were between -10°C and -17°C all weekend. Conditions yesterday were groomed slopes with powder on top, which made for amazing first runs! But once the powder was chopped up, the slopes became much more difficult for most skiers. For today, the resort staff groomed the slopes and conditions were very decent, however, it was obvious that more attention was given to the closed race slopes, than those open for the guests of the resort. Half of the slopes have been closed for some time now due to the race, but we’re expecting them to open, if not tomorrow, then really soon.

The Balkaniada ski run was almost empty today.

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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Bansko Ski Blog by Ivan Milkov - 4M ago

If your a fan of skiing, snowboarding and mountaineering movies, then this event is just for you. On the 21st, 22nd and 23rd of February, you’ll be able to watch a great selection of films in the Bansko Tourist Information Center for free. Projections start at 19:00 and the venue is located just next to the main entrance of the Holy Trinity church in the center of town. Continue reading for more information.

The annual Snow Cinema is part of Bansko’s winter culture calendar. This year the program consists of 10 films from Canada, Iceland, Austria, Japan, Italy, Switzerland and Germany. One of the main accents of the program is the film “Russi-Collombin, un duel au sommet”, which documents the lives and rivalry of Swiss skiers Bernhard Russi and Roland Collombin, their battle for Olympic gold at the 1972 Sapporo Winter Olympic Games and beyond.

Program

Thursday, Feb. 21st

19:00ч. – 20:00ч. – „Russi-Collombin, un duel au sommet“, Switzerland.

20:00ч. – 20:26ч. – „A Land Shaped by Women“, France, Austria, Iceland – Anne-Flore Marxer and Aline Bock present their latest film, which tells the tale of their journey across Iceland, where the two Freeride World Champions explore the land in a van and through the adventure sports that they are passionate about, snowboarding and surfing.

20:26ч. – 20:36ч. – break

20:36ч. – 21:30ч. – „Shangku Shelter“, Canada – Ben Stephenson opened the first ski school in the Zanskar region of India to help improve the quality of life for the locals. Skiing has helped them overcome the isolation brought from the 6-month long winter and deep snows of the area.

Friday, Feb. 22nd

19:00ч. – 20:16ч. – „No Man’s Land – Expedition Antarctica“, Austria, 2018 – A group of skiers travel across Antartica with 90kg sleds and snow kites in search for the perfect lines to ski down.

NO MAN’S LAND - EXPEDITION ANTARCTICA | Trailer deutsch german [HD] - YouTube

20:16ч. – 20:48ч. – “Ice & Palms“, Germany – Jochen Mesle and Max Kroneck start their biggest and most extraordinary ski tour so far. The mission: Bikepacking across the alps and skiing some iconic mountains along the way – no motor allowed!

20:48ч. – 21:00ч. – break

21:00ч. – 21:13ч. – “Women’s Skimo Project – opus Japan“, France – Women’s skimo project is a project of several films to inspire, dream, open minds on the practice of women’s sport through ski touring and by meeting these women who dared despite the physical and mental difficulties, their cultures and the preconceived ideas of today’s society, assert themselves, give meaning to their lives by making their passions live. During this Japanese opus we meet five Japanese women skiers: three high mountain guides (Michiko AOKI, Yasuko KIKUCHI, Yuka ABE) a ski cross champion (Noriko FUKUSHIMA) and a competitor in ski mountaineering and trail ( Yukari NISHIDA). These five women tell us about being a woman in Japan and their place in the mountains and on skis.

21:13ч. – 21:30ч. – “La Grave”, Switzerland.

Saturday, Feb. 23rd

19:00ч. – 20:02ч. – “Freestyle-stories from South Tirol”, Italy

Freestyle Stories in South Tyrol | Trailer 2015 - YouTube

20:02ч. – 20:28ч. – „Evolution of Dreams“, Austria, Switzerland, Canada

20:28ч. – 20:38ч. – break

0:38ч. –  21:44ч. – “SCIARE IN SALITA”, Италия – trailer

You can find more information about the Snow Cinema Festival at the event’s Facebook – https://www.facebook.com/events/525656607922747/

**Information taken from the event’s website – https://banskofilmfest.com/snow-cinema-bansko-21-23-fevruari/**

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If you’re just arriving in Bansko, we have some good news for you: it’s going to be sunny all week, or at least till Friday! And this perfect weather is just in time for one of the busiest weeks of the season, the British mid-term holiday. You’ll be able to work on your face tan while waiting in line for the lift. Just don’t forget to remove your goggles, unless you want all of your friends to know you went skiing from your gnarly goggle tan. Next weekend is also the FIS Skiing World Cup, so be ready for a busy week.

All lifts in the resort are working at full speed, however, you can expect lift queues everywhere this week. The gondola has started opening earlier, around 8 AM, but this has not helped drastically reduce the queue to even get to the mountain. Thankfully the resort is this full only for about 2-3 weeks out of the whole season, the week of the British mid-term holiday being the busiest. Waiting times vary for the different lifts, the gondola can take between 1 and 2 hours, depending on when you arrive at the queue. Once in the mountain, you can expect to wait 10-15 minutes for most of the lifts. The least busy lifts are the 6-seater Todorka lift, as well as the 4-seater Shiligarnika lift. And here’s a little secret, almost no one is skiing the Chalin Valog chairlift, and the queue there is minimal. Want to skip the gondola queue? Click on the link below and book a shuttle with us to the top gondola station.

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The Plato Ski Run

If you pull your focus away from the queues, you’ll find that skiing conditions are very good at the moment. The forecast is for perfectly sunny weather until Friday and slope conditions are terrific in the morning. As you can expect with the resort so full, the slopes deteriorate quite fast, but the thick snow cover means there are no rocks anywhere on the slopes. As the FIS Skiing World Cup is coming to Bansko next weekend, some of the slopes have been closed to prepare them for the event. Closed until the 25th are Tomba, Todorka and Old Run, which is just under 1/3 of the mountain. If you’re in Bansko next weekend, make sure to come and watch the best in the world battle it out for the top podium spot. If you’re thinking that there will be fewer people in the Chalin Valog ski area, you’re absolutely right! Just keep in mind that the slopes there are for experienced skiers and the steep parts of both slopes are very icy at times. If you want to make the most out of your trip we can suggest the following plan:

-Book a transfer beforehand to the top gondola station from our website, so you can be one of the first on the slopes.
-Ski as much as possible till noon, after which go for a lunch break.
-Move down to the Chalin Valog area via Ski Road 2, as there are few people there in the afternoon.

The Chalin Valog ski area in the afternoon.

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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Today was another nice and fun day here in Bansko with soft weather and bluebird skies all day. Great slopes in the morning and the Todorka peak is finally safe enough for those looking for the best freeride Bansko has to offer. The forecast isn’t looking as sunny as this weekend, but there will be snow in the very near future, Monday night to be precise.

We’re currently in the peak of the season, so it’s to be expected that lift lines are bigger than usual. The gondola queue is about 1 hour, sometimes longer and there is a queue almost all day. Of course, it’s much quicker at 11 AM, than it is at 9 AM, but is still a decent wait. Other than at the gondola, there are no really long and annoying queues in the mountain. Possibly the biggest queue other than the gondola is at the surface lift at Bunderishka Poliana (top gondola station). Once you’re on the slopes, and the wind hasn’t closed half the mountain which happens from time to time, there is very little waiting in lines to get on the chairlifts. If you want to skip the gondola queue you can check our older blog posts regarding this, or directly book a shuttle from Bansko to the top gondola station.

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How to avoid the gondola queue

Morning Corduroy

The morning slope conditions were again very good today, however, with so many people on the slopes, they deteriorate faster than we would like. In the morning we were greeted with nicely groomed slopes, and the ever sought after “corduroy”. But by 1 PM, the corduroy had turned to bumps and icy patches on the most popular slopes, not so much on the harder, thus less popular slopes. The most affected ski slopes are the Plato and both N.5 and N.10 Shiligarnika runs due to a mix of reasons. Mostly because these are the sunniest and most popular slopes, where many newly intermediate skiers go. Slopes like the black Tomba and red Balkaniada are in the shade longer, are steeper and fewer people ski there, so they stay in good condition till later in the day.

Preparations for the FIS World Cup, which will be held on the 22nd, 23rd and 24th of this month, have begun and the Todorka ski run has already been closed. Part of the pre-race process is adding a layer of ice to the slopes, so each racer has a relatively even starting field. This means that staff will be literally watering the slopes with a hose so that it can harden and turn to ice overnight. Next slope to close will be the Tomba ski run, but we have no exact information when that will be. Given that the race is in 12 days, it’ll probably close very soon. The N.7 “Old Run” was also closed today, as it will be a practice area during the race. Why they’ve closed it almost 2 weeks before any racers arrive is a question for the resort staff.

Conditions off-piste this weekend were amazing, but only in the higher part of the mountain. The snow layers seem to have stabilized and we skied some very open terrain, such as the Todorka peak. You can expect softer snow in the lower part of your run, with hard, windblown snow at the top. The forecast is for a bit more snow Monday night, but nothing serious, only 10-15cm.

Looking south from the Todorka peak. On a sunny day like this, you can see the giant wind turbines that are in Greece.

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

If you would like to stay updated with the latest snow reports and news from Bansko, you can follow us on Facebook or visit our blog every week.

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