Welcome to our first snow report for this season! By no means it is going to be an ordinary one, but we will do our best to keep you posted about the recent conditions in Borovets. Fingers crossed some of you may be able to come and enjoy the slopes personally despite all fears, uncertainty and restrictions.
The warm week around Christmas and the New Years (in some lowland areas of Bulgaria exceeding +18C) was one of the reasons why the ski zone of Borovets opened slightly later than usual. Still some of the ski slopes are not operational (most of the red runs for example). However the ones that are groomed are enough to handle the demand of skiers, which are considerably low in numbers as compared to other seasons. Many of the rest ski runs are expected to open anytime soon not only backed up by the continuous work of the snow canons, but also based on the good forecast for fresh snow in the coming days. The queue at the lower Gondola today was around 20-30min in the morning. At the lifts and drags of the higher ski zones the waiting time barely exceeded 5min. It is expected though that once the New Years holidays are over and the working week starts, these will become inconsiderable.
The sunshine and relatively high temperatures in the past days made some of the Yastrebets ski runs a bit icy, and that compared with the active production of artificial snow (and the related amount of powder above the harder base) has made them tricky, especially for novices. The snow though doesn’t really get slushy in the afternoon hours. So to say conditions there promise to be excellent in a couple of days.
From the Markudjik ski runs only the blue #1 is open. The rest are officially closed, but there is somewhat good snow cover, which appeals to the more adventurous skiers. Unfortunately there is still not enough snow in the lower parts of the mountains and the Musalenska Pathway is still closed (but unlike the closed Markudjuk runs nobody takes their chances there :-).
The Sitnyakovo ski zone is partially open as well. For the time being priority is given to the blue and easier red runs, while the harder slopes are still closed. Night skiing is still not possible but hopefully things will change in a few days.
Covid-19 safety and protection measures are in force and these are strictly monitored in the common areas. Unfortunately this also means that most of the restaurants in the resort are closed, but a few of them offer take away food. The Bulgarian government is determined to keep the ski resorts open and after all these months of lockdown we hope that by following the necessary rules the season is not going to be interrupted like the previous one. Now that the mountain is here, the slopes are here, but the crowds are not, it may turn out that this winter is going to be perfect for the avid skiers and snowboarders. See you on the slopes!
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