March is here in Borovets, the best time to come and ski amazing conditions with almost no people on the slopes! The high-season has come and gone, but we still have over a month left of the 2018/19 winter season, with the official closing date of the resort set for the 15th of April. As with every year, we expect at least one heavy snowfall this month, but today was a nice and perfectly sunny day. If you’re wondering about a last minute trip to Borovets, then check out our previous year’s Snow Reports from March to get an idea of what you can expect.
All lifts and slopes in the resort are open with minimal lift queues. Lift lines are pretty much non-existent and most of the time you can get directly onto the chairlift. Even in the Sitnyakovo Ski Center, you could get directly onto the line most of the time. Up in the Markudjik Ski Center, all lifts are working with minimal to no queues. The forecast for the next 5 days is a mix of sunny and slightly cloudy days with some very light snowfalls, between 1-3cm, it’s possible for some very slight rain in the lowest part of the mountain. The lon-term forecast for March is for warm weather, then a cold front at the middle of the month.
All of the slopes in the resort are open, except for the lower part of the Yastrebets 1 lift and the Musalenska Pathway. We’re not sure if they will open until the end of the season, but there are plenty of other slopes to be skied. These two slopes cause the resort staff the most difficulties to keep open, as they don’t have any artificial snow cannons. Sadly, they are the best connections to the Sitnyakovo Ski Center from the other two ski areas- Yastrebets and Markudjik. Below is a video of the Musalenska Pathway from February 25th, but now conditions are probably much worse, with a big risk of damaging your skis.
The slopes are very hardpacked in the morning, but soften up and are perfect by 10 AM. If you’re planning on going up early, make sure your edges are in good condition. Between 10 AM and 1 PM are the golden hours for skiing, when conditions on sunny days like today are just perfect. After 1 PM, the slopes soften up even more but don’t get choppy as they do during the February high-season and are still very decent for skiing. If you’re planning on going up after 10 AM and skiing till the end of the day, a pair of all-mountain or freestyle skis may be a better choice than more race-orientated models.
The best slopes today were the Markudjik ski runs, as they are higher up and deeper in the mountain, thus remain colder for longer. If you’re a beginner, the Suhar ski run is perfect on days like today and not many people were skiing it. Yastrebets was also extremely good but was slushier in the afternoon, as temperatures were around 7°C at one point.
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