For our last snow report of 2016 we have more good news from Borovets. New lifts have opened, plenty of new snow and the Markudjik Ski Center will open on the 30th. Borovets is going to greet the new year in true winter fashion.

Heavy fog ruined the views from the gondola.

We’ll start with the best news, Wednesday through Thursday the resort received over 40cm of new snow. Even more at the top of the mountain. On top of the artificial snow, the resort now has a perfect snow cover for all of the working slopes. The best part is, there is now enough snow for the Markudjik ski center to open. The resort has announced that starting on the 30th, it will be working. They also said they would leave the slopes untouched, so that the freeriders can have some fun before they are groomed.

Starting on the 30th, the Markudjik ski center will be open.

The gondola is also open for skiers now. The resort management has opened the Haramia ski run that connects the top gondola station to the Yastrebets ski center. On the 29th conditions we’re cloudy at the top of the mountain with almost no visibility, so the Markudjik ski center was still closed. Conditions above the lower half of the Yastrebets ski center were very foggy with little visibility. Lower in the mountain visibility was much better. Due to the new snow, many Bulgarians had decided to take the day off and visit Borovets. This meant that there were significant lines at the cash register and Yastrebets Express ski lift. Waiting time at the Yastrebets lift was around 10 minutes.

Yastrebets 1

Visibility in the Sitnyakovo ski center was perfect, with no fog or clouds. The snow cover was also sufficient and there were much smaller lift lines. Even some of the closed slopes could be skied, not that you’re allowed to. On the plaza in front of Hotel Rila there were many people learning to ski and it was crowded. If you’re looking for any easy slope with less crowds, we suggest the Sitnyakovo 1 surface lift. It’s located at the top of the Stinyakovo Express ski lift.

The slope conditions were not the best for skiers looking for groomed slopes. In the morning the slopes were soft from the new snow and by 10AM the slopes were covered in bumps. Those looking to find some fresh powder were in luck. Some slopes in Yastrebets and Sitnyakovo hadn’t been groomed or opened and had just enough snow to not hit rocks and branches on your way down.

A place many beginners first start skiing in Borovets.

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I've been born by the sea, but since I moved to live in Bansko, I fell in love with the mountains and the beauty of winter! I'm working for Traventuria for 2 years now and they've been the most amazing time in my life! I love skiing, meeting new people, and to infect with emotions about the love of travel. I am writing in this blog to share with you what's new and how to save money on ski packages and ski experiences but get the most of your experience in Borovets. I'll be happy to read your comments under my articles so we can share ideas about what's more to be said for the resort!

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