Snow, snow, some more snow, and a perfectly sunny morning today. What more could we ask for? More snow of course and we’ll be getting it at the beginning of next week, according to the forecast. Since our last report, it’s snowed over 50cm spread out over a few snowfalls and another 20-30 are on the way, so get ready for some powder days. Things are looking very good for the remainder of the mid-term school holidays.
Almost no wind in the resort today and all lifts are working, except for the Markudjik 3 surface lift. Queues in the ski area are small, apart from the morning gondola rush hour. This morning at around 9 AM, the wait was around 1-1:30 hours, but by 10:30 it was around 30-40 minutes. Up in the Markudjik and Yastrebets ski areas, the lift lines were negligible, same with the Martinovi Baraki lift in Sitnyakovo. The surface lifts in Sitnyakovo had small lines that could take between 5 and 15 minutes. The slopes weren’t crowded today as a whole, but pistes like the Royal Residence Ski Way do have a bottleneck at some points. If you want to skip the gondola rush hour, you can just go to Sitnyakovo until the gondola queue dies down or ask your hotel if they have a shuttle up to the Yastrebets Express lift. Alternatively, you can take a cab or drive yourself if you are by car.
The snow cover is very good on almost all of the open slopes, but resort management still decided to turn on the snow cannons in the Yastrebets ski center. In the Markudjik ski center, the 2A run has been groomed for the first time this season but was still a little choppy. The 2B is slightly better in terms of piste conditions, while the N.3 run is closed. Sadly, the Musalenska ski road is still closed, but hopefully, it will open after the next snowfall. We haven’t skied down it yet to check it out, as there is a big chance we’ll be left walking the last part which is no fun. If you’ve skied it recently, leave a comment below and let us know how it was, the beginning is visible from the top gondola station and looks good from afar.
The Yasrebets 1 ski run is finally open, connecting the gondola mid-station with the Yastrebets Express bottom station. Until now, if you went to the gondola mid-station to go from Yastrebets to the Markudjik ski center and were put off by the queue, you would need to ski on a closed, ungroomed slope to get back to the bottom of the Yastrebet lift. Keep in mind that this slope goes directly to the bottom gondola station, but there are two exits you can take to go back to the Yastrebets lift. You don’t want to miss these, as you will have to go all the way down and wait for the gondola again. The downside is that there were many pebbles scattered across the slope, but these do almost no damage to your ski base.
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