January is coming to an end, but this time we’re sending the month off with some fresh new snow. It’s been a dry season so far, but hopefully, things will change as the forecast is showing heavy snowfall around the 5th of February, just in time for the mid-term school holidays.
The queues in the resort are still non-existent, but that will probably soon change once the February mid-term school holidays start. The resort usually starts getting crowded after the first week of February till the end of the month. The forecast for the next few days is showing a dusting of new snow and freeze-thaw conditions (negative temperatures in the evening and 2-5°C during the day). The highest temperatures will be around Tuesday, the 4th of February, when it will be over 5°C. From the 6th we’re expecting colder weather and around 20-25cm of fresh snow Wednesday and more on Thursday. We’re not expecting heavy winds, except for maybe tomorrow and the evening between the 5th and 6th.
The skiing conditions in Borovets are possibly the best in Bulgaria at the moment. Currently, we have the most snow out of the big ski resorts and today was a decent powder day up in the Markudjik Ski Area. The day started off sunny, but before the afternoon the clouds rolled in and it started to snow heavily. Thankfully the temperatures were below 0°C even in the resort area, so it was snowing everywhere.
The best skiing today was again in the Markudjik Ski Area backcountry, more specifically to the skier’s right of the Markudjik 3 surface lift. There was over 10-15cm of fresh snow from last night and a sufficient base layer, so we didn’t have any troubles with rocks, roots and whatnot. If you’re more of a “stick to the slopes” skier, then you’d probably have enjoyed the Popangelov ski run (located in the Yastrebets Ski Area) the most. Conditions in Sitnaykovo, the slopes in front of Hotel Rila, are also very good. The night skiing is also great and not so crowded these last few weeks. All slopes are well groomed in the mornings and if you’re up early enough you can thoroughly enjoy the corduroy. What we didn’t expect is a total lack of icy patches on the slopes, which are typical for pistes with artificial snow cannons, but I guess there is enough snow now to cover them. That’s what you call a pleasant surprise.
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