Snow Report: February 19th, 2020

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It’s been a few days since the UK February mid-term school holidays began and we’re starting to notice the increase in skiers and snowboarders in Borovets. The good news is that it’s not too packed and that lift lines aren’t super long. With the recent snowfalls we got here, conditions are good and we’re expecting even more snow over the next week.

Plenty of snow in the Markudjik Ski Center

As we’re now in the peak of the season, lift queues are going to be at their longest. Thankfully, Borovets has a smaller bedding capacity than some other resorts, so the lift lines don’t get way out of control. On many of the lifts you won’t find a queue more than a few minutes long in the middle of the day, but there are a few choke points where you could find yourself waiting for a while. Such choke points are the gondola, of course, and the midway gondola station. There are a few ways you can get the best ratio of “skiing to waiting in line”, with the easiest being to start your ski day in the Sitnyakovo Ski Area, then head up with the gondola later in the day, once the queue has died down. Another option is to be at the gondola early in the morning, even before it opens. That way you’ll wait in line for the gondola to start spinning, but once it does you’ll be one of the first on the slopes and get to ski the best conditions.

Over the last week, the forecast was decent and we got various conditions, from sunny bluebird days to cold and snowy ones. The forecast for the next few days is showing a snowy Thursday tomorrow with some more small snow dustings on Saturday as well. From Sunday to Wednesday it will be sunny, but there is a probability of strong winds on Monday the 24th. And next Thursday the forecast is showing another 15cm of snow. Keep in mind that this is just the current forecast according to Snow-Forecast.com and should be taken with a pinch of salt.

The lift queue for the Yastrebets Ski Center.

Snow and piste conditions in Borovets are some of the best in Bulgaria at the moment, as it has snowed much more here than in the other big resorts. The snow cover is significant in the Markudjik Ski Center, as well as the other two ski areas, where snow cannons have made a thick base layer. Conditions today were a bit foggy lower in the mountain, but as usual, when it’s foggy lower in the mountain, it was sunny in the Markudjik Ski Center. In such cases, the best slopes are the Markudjik runs, since who doesn’t prefer sunny weather? But on days when fog and clouds aren’t an issue our favorite runs are the ones in the Yastrebets Ski Center, where lift lines are also shorter than in the other two ski centers. Only on the weekends does the Yastrebets Express lift get a big queue. If you’re a beginner skier the best run to learn on is the Suhar slope, located at the top gondola station, followed by the green runs in Sitnyakovo. If you don’t want to queue at the gondola, then you should go directly to the Sitnyakovo ski area. Intermediate skiers will enjoy most the Yastrebets ski center, as there the slopes are the longest and with the shortest queue for the lift. Thus you’ll get the most skiing done in one day. If you still haven’t decided on whether or not to book a ski trip to Bulgaria this year, March is looking like a perfect time to make a trip out to Borovets.

There was fog in the top part of the Yastrebets Ski Center, but it cleared out after the first 1/3 of the run.

Ski & Board Traventuria is a leading provider of lift passes, equipment rental, airport transfers and ski school for the Borovets area. To book your next ski vacation in Borovets with us, please check our website – www.skiborovets.bg

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Ever since I started skiing at the age of 6, I knew that the mountains were where I wanted to be as much as possible. Big mountain skiing is the best thing in the world for me, followed by hitting a few laps in the snow park.

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