The season continues here in Borovets and is far from over, as there is plenty of snow in most of the ski area. Today was another one of your typical March ski days, with plenty of sunshine, spring slopes and fewer people and lift queues in the resort. If you’re wondering about a last-minute ski trip, then you don’t have much time to get organized but we’re sure you won’t regret doing it. Just make sure you don’t have a problem with a little bit of slush on the slopes.
If you’re coming out to Borovets till the end of the season, you should know that the night skiing is only open Thursday, Friday and Saturday evening. This will last until the time when there isn’t enough snow in the lowest ski area in the resort – the Sitnyakovo Ski Center. Typically this ski center closes before the rest due entirely to its altitude, but our best guess is that this won’t happen for at least another 2 weeks. All lifts in the resort are working when there isn’t strong wind and lift queues are almost non-existent during the week. During the weekends there are more people in the resort, mostly Bulgarians taking advantage of their days off to get some last ski days in before the season closes, but we don’t expect significant queues to form.
Even though the last few days were sunny, clouds have started to roll into the mountains and we’re expecting some rain/snow tonight and tomorrow. The forecast at the moment is showing slight rain below 2150m.asl., but for things to start clearing up Thursday through Friday and we should have another nice and sunny weekend. Up in the Markudjik Ski Center we’re expecting around 5-10cm of snow tonight.
Slope conditions are what you can expect from March till the end of the season. We have hardpack and slightly icy slopes early in the morning, perfect for racers and intermediate/advanced piste-enthusiasts. By 10 AM conditions have started to soften up and by 1-2 PM the slopes are slushy. The good thing is that there are not many people in the resort, so the slopes don’t turn into a moguls course as they do in some over-popular resorts in the Alps. To get the most out of your ski day you should start directly in the Markudjik Ski Center, as the slopes aren’t bone hard in the morning due to their slightly eastern exposure. Once they start to get slushy, you can then head down to the Yastrebets Ski Center where the slopes are stiffer till later in the day, and won’t be so hard and icy by then. This occurs because they have a more north-facing exposure and a thick base layer of artificial snow, which melts slower than the all-natural snow in the Markudjik area.
Conditions in the Markudjik Ski Center are good and there is plenty of snow in most of the area. To the side of the Markudjik 3 surface lift you can still go off-piste and the avalanche danger is low for now. The Markudjik 2A slope is closed due to a lack of snow. This slope is always unskiable first because it’s not groomed during the winter and when the snow isn’t regularly packed it melts away much faster. The other slopes there are in good condition, but some small rocks are starting to show here and there, so be careful when skiing down the first time as to not be surprised by a grassy patch. There is one big grass patch at the side of the Markudjik 2B run, somewhere in the middle, but there is a sign in front of it to warn you. The Musala pathway looks appealing at its start which is visible from the Markudjik Ski Center but is closed for a good reason. If your definition of fun isn’t breaking your legs on big rocks and walking for miles due to no snow, then don’t go down it. At the opposite end of the Borovets ski area is the Sitnyakovo Ski Center. Conditions there are stiff first thing in the morning, but the slopes soften up very quickly due to its low altitude and warmer temperatures. There the Sitnyakovo 1 & 2 slopes are only partly open and the black Cherveno Zname piste is closed. The Sitnyakovo Royal Residence ski way is also closed, but all 4 of the Martinovi Baraki runs and all surface lifts in the area are still open and in good/slushy condition.
Conditions are by far best in the Yastrebets Ski Center, but you should keep in mind that the slopes are nice and stiff even in the afternoon. Sadly, today I chose my freestyle/park skis and couldn’t fully enjoy the fast slopes as I have very dull edges on them. But anybody with a decent pair of skis with sharper edges than mine will have a good time down the intermediate/advanced runs in the ski center. Only at the very end of the runs there do the slopes get noticeably slushier. The Yastrebets 1 ski slope is closed, as there are no artificial snow cannons there, thus not enough base thickness for the rocks to not show.
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