Snow Report: January 30th, 2019

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Another week has passed here in Borovets, so its time for our weekly Snow Report. Since last Wednesday we’ve had a diverse palette of weather conditions, including some more fresh snowfalls. These snowfalls weren’t as big as we were expecting, but still enough to reset the off-piste and thicken the slopes. The heaviest snowfalls came Thursday and Friday, but it snowed Tuesday night as well. The next expected snowfall will be tomorrow (Thursday), but only about another 10cm.

The Top Of Borovets

The Top Of Borovets

We’re still in the low-season here in Borovets, so lift queues are negligible most of the time. Only when bad weather closes the top of the mountain, do some small lines start to form in the rest of the resort. We did have a few days of strong winds, which made operating to Markudjik Ski Center a bit risky, thus the resort management closed it. We’re expecting the resort to start filling up after the first week of February, so there’s not much more time to enjoy the empty slopes. Weather conditions today could have been better, there was fog in the lower half of the mountain until around noon, and wind in the Markudjik Ski Center. Above the middle of the Yastrebets Ski Center, it was nice and sunny. Down in Sitnyakovo, there was some very weak rain as the temperature was just over 1-2°C.

The black Fon Fon ski slope is designated as "Freeride only". This means it's never groomed and perfect on a powder day.

The black Fon Fon ski slope is designated as “Freeride only”. This means it’s never groomed and perfect on a powder day.

Piste conditions today were very different in the 3 ski areas. The slopes were hardest in the Markudjik area, as it’s the highest in the mountain. The colder weather kept the piste from deteriorating and there was even some slight powder to the sides of the slopes. There was some strong wind through, which made riding the lift unpleasant, but the sunshine countered that to some extent. Good news is that the Musala Pathway is open, which connects the bottom of Markudjik Ski Area with the Sitnyakovo Ski Area and bottom gondola station. The conditions on the pathway, however, are not so great. Other than some big rocks here and there, it was littered with “braking bumps”. In the Yastrebets Ski Center, conditions were a bit damper. There was fog in the lower part until around noon, but that disappeared at one point. Still, the fog made the slopes slightly slushier than in the Markudjik Ski Center, and there was some fresh snow to the side of the tracks. In Sitnyakovo, conditions were the wettest today. Fog in the morning, which was gone by noon and substituted by very slight rain. The temperature was above freezing and the slopes became slushy. The steeper black slopes, however, were still very good as almost no one was skiing them.

The green Suhar ski run in the Markudjik Ski Center.

The green Suhar ski run in the Markudjik Ski Center.

Conditions off-piste are still very risky, due to a layer of weak snow very close to the base of the snowpack. The only decent freeriding today was in the Markudjik Ski Center, but you still need to tread with caution in the area beyond the Markudjik 3 surface lift. In regards to the snowpark, we guess the rumors were true and we don’t see how anything can be done to build one from now until the end of the season.

The Sitnyakovo Ski Area at noon.

The Sitnyakovo Ski Area at noon.

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