March 3rd is a special day in Bulgaria, it marks the date of our liberation from Ottoman rule, 140 years ago. To commemorate the day, the Borovets resort management had organized some festivities in front of the hotel Rila. Visitors also got to see old weapons from the time of the war for independence. On top of that, the weather was great in the lower part of the resort, but the Markudjik ski center was closed due to another day of strong winds.
Due to heavy winds, the gondola was only open to its mid-way station and the Markudjik Ski Center was completely closed. The other lifts in the Yastrebets and Sitnyakovo ski center were working as usual with the normal weekend queues. The lift line for the gondola was small to non-existent throughout the day, but the lines for the Yastrebets Express and Martinovi Baraki lifts were around 5-10 minutes per run. This is in part due to it being a Saturday and many Bulgarians took to the mountains. Also, the closed lifts up top meant that skiers had less places to disperse. Once 12:30 passed and the morning passes expired, the line for the Yastrebets Express lift was halved. During the week lift lines are shorter.
Snow conditions today were much different than earlier in the week. Since our last Snow Report, we got over 50cm of fresh snow, mostly Sunday night through Tuesday. Friday a warm front came in and the temperatures rised to above freezing levels during the day. A mixture of rain/wet snow and big amplitudes in the temperature had made the piste conditions in Yastrebets unusually icy today. This is due to the layer of snow melting, then freezing, then melting again and even the piste basher couldn’t fix the situation. The end result was extremely hard slopes with plenty of ice spots. In other words, perfect for a pair of world cup skis, not so much for everyone else. Conditions in the Sitnyakovo ski center were slightly better in the afternoon, as the slopes softened up thanks to the warmer temperatures.
The snow park is open but hasn’t changed since earlier in the season. There is currently one jump and a few rails next to it. The features are not in a line, so you have to choose between the jumps and the rails. Conditions off-piste were excellent during the snowfalls earlier in the week, but the snow has become heavier since then. The avalanche risk is at level 4. Hopefully, there is some powder left in the Markudjik Ski Center for when the wind dies down and it opens.
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