Pistes 1, 8, 10 and 12 Open; Will More Runs Open Soon?

Dec 19, 2015 No Comments by

Ready steady go... more pistes open

It was a strange feeling to have a season open with barely any Bansko skiing last weekend. I’m now relieved to see that the hard work that Ulen have put in to get some runs open has payed off. I have enjoyed much debate in the Bansko App Chat about the snow, weather and much more and already relief expressed at this morning’s good news.

Bansko App -- has Chat, Snow Depth, Lift Opening , Piste Opening, Listings, Emergency Numbers, and much more

The skiing is mainly on artificial snow. UPDATE: It is really great conditions the snow cannon and preparation of the pistes are excellent. More optimism for New Year. I’m hoping for more pistes to operate as more visitors arrive in Bansko over the next few days.

Picture taken on 19th December 2015 at Bandersihka Polina (top of gondola lift) by Laura Blackwell vis Bansko App Chat.

Unfortunately there will no natural snow until the 25th December but, in the meantime, there is surprisingly good snow cannon snow ski / snowboarding conditions.

Do no be put off too much by the town web cams showing no snow.

Top of the six pack - picture taken by Rebecca 19th December 2015 (via Bansko App chat)


Snow forecast

The huge anticyclone that has barely moved for two weeks remains. It is holding off the storms coming across the Atlantic. These, if they made this far east, would normally give us snow. Alternatively, and best of all, the cold front move down from Siberia to create huge powder days.

The next five day weather forecast, until Christmas Eve the 24th December, will not see any significant real snow fall. Temperatures will increase hampering snow making activity.

But the positive news there are signs that things will change by then end of next week for New Year. But it is too early to say.

Watch out for my full analysis for New Year skiing early next week and do doing the Bansko Chat. And also in the app you have all the lift and run opening info.


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