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    Ride the Lightning

    Posted on February 9, 2015 by in blog

    Ride the Lightning, guilty as charged, but damn it, it ain’t right, there is someone else controlling me. Death in the air. Metallica are not really my thing but the lyrics are epic! The snow has arrived and my God has it arrived. Relentless snowfall for days has covered all the trees in the back […]

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    Skiing above Bansko

    Posted on January 6, 2015 by in blog

    Skiing above Bansko The Mountain on the right is the one that interests me at the moment. At 2908m and with a pointy top she is a proper mountain, towering above Bansko town and ski area. The idea of skiing above Bansko has grown and grown on me this winter. To be wooshing down untouched […]

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    Ski Touring in National Park Pirin, Bansko, Bulgaria

    Posted on December 24, 2014 by in blog

    Ski Touring in Pirin is a strange mix of wild, remote, untouched nature and glitzy modern ski resort. Yesterday I went out for my first tour of the winter, just a short 2 hour walk along the cliff top above Damianitsa valley. A thin crust of snow gliding under my skis, blazing sunshine filtering through […]

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    Hotel Avalon is open

    Posted on December 2, 2014 by in blog

    Hotel Avalon is open for our 11th winter in Bansko! We’re still doing great things, the curry nights are as popular as ever, the burgers legendary and the welcome…second to none.   What’s new for winter 2014 /15? This winter as well as our popular restaurant menu, the curry nights and cocktails we are offering a winter set menu of […]

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    Rock climbing in Bansko

    Posted on November 6, 2014 by in blog

    Rock climbing in Bansko   After our little adventure on the north face of Vihren I decided that the time had come to learn to rock climb. There are some things in life that are best learnt in the heat of the moment. Climbing with all its reliance on knots and technique and fatal consequences […]

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    Climbing Mt. Vihren 2914m

    Posted on August 19, 2014 by in blog

    Climbing Mt. Vihren 2914m. Dzhamdzhiev Rid Climbing Mt. Vihren 2914m. It has become a bit of an annual thing for Di and I to climb an alpine route on Vihren.  We started off with Dzhamdzhiev Rid (pronounced Jamdjeiv rid) and Koteshki Chal in 2012 (image below). They are one and the same ridge line but […]

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    Ponderosa, Mountian biking Bansko

    Posted on August 10, 2014 by in blog

     Mountain biking Bansko For the first day of The Road to Nowhere MTB rally I decided to use a totally different part of our region. Traditionally for events concerning Mountain biking Bansko I have worked variations of established trails on the north side of Pirin. Some sort of mix between Perfect day  and Dead Dog  on day one and […]

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    The Road to Nowhere VI, Mountain Biking in Bansko

    Posted on July 31, 2014 by in blog

      What a weekend, highs, lows stress and happiness a whole world of emotion! The Road to Nowhere VI,  mountain biking rally in Bansko is now over! The gods were kind! Not too hot not too wet just enough mud to make it fun and a record number of entrants. I took part in Day II […]

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    Bansko Sour Cherry Cosmopolitan

    Posted on July 13, 2014 by in blog

    Bansko Sour cherry ideal for a Cosmopolitan. You can’t rush things especially if it involves alcohol or food. The joy of our cocktail nights here at the Avalon is that they involve both. In my garden we have a young, healthy and very fecund sour cherry tree  we harvest the  fruit in July and turn […]

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  • Bansko Mountain Biking, Perfect Day

    Posted on July 1, 2014 by in blog

    Bansko Mountain Biking:- Bansko is a great place fro mountain biking. Here at the hotel Avalon we have been making and promoting Mountain biking trails for nearly 10 years. The official mountain biking trails are limited to 176km of trails accessible from Bansko town but this is nowhere near the total extent of available riding. […]

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