Just when we thought the season was coming to an end, the snow gods blessed us with a second coming of winter. The forecast from last week came through and we got some new snow all over the resort, including the Sitnyakovo Ski Center. Apart from freshly groomed slopes, there was some decent powder in the Markudjik Ski Center and very few people in the resort. Just 23 more days to go until the lifts close.
All lifts are operational at the moment, but the busiest today was the Markudjik 3 surface lift. This is due to all of the powder hounds that come to Borovets whenever there is fresh snow. Thankfully today was a workday, so there weren’t too many people around the Markudjik 3 piste and the wait was only a minute or two. Still, by 10 AM most of the off-piste terrain already had fresh tracks on it. Not to our surprise, there was also a small queue at the gondola around 8:45-9:00 AM, but this is normal for a powder day. Once all of the early-birds where on the slopes there was no more queue.
Up in the Markudjik Ski Center there was about 10-15 cm of fresh snow just from last night and any old tracks outside of the slopes were covered. The terrain on the skiers right of the Markudjik 3 piste is the most popular freeride area in the resort and many people came to Borovets today just to ski there. The difficulty of this terrain is extremely low compared to other freeride spots, so it’s a good place for beginner freeriders as well. The groomed slopes in the Markudjik Ski Center were good in the morning but became a little choppy by noon and slushy later on. The weather was sunny higher up on the mountain, but there was a thick fog that started around the middle of the Popangelov ski run in the Yastrebets Ski Center. There the slope conditions were decent on the first half of the slopes, but once you got into the fog the snow became heavier and more slushy due to the higher humidity. Visibility was good up to 10-15 meters, after which the contour of the slope was hidden in the fog.
Down in the Sitnyakovo Ski Center the fog seemed thickest at the base of the ski runs (in front of Hotel Rila), but was still skiable. Ski runs that are closed are Cherveno Zname, most of Sitnyakovo 1 & 2 and Martinovi Baraki 4 (this was closed for a race). The snow conditions this low on the mountain are still goods, partially thanks to the new snow, but do become slushy later in the day. The snowpark was closed today because of the fog, but it seems like they’re finally building a bigger jump, about time.
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