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    Posted on May 3, 2015 by in blog

    On the 25th of April at 11:56 a 7.8 earthquake struck in the area of Barpak in Nepal. The Nepali Himalaya are packed with small villages clinging like swallows nests to the steep hillsides. Thriving in this tough environment is almost impossible, simple tasks are made brutal by the plunging valleys and soaring peaks. Tiny […]

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    That was the season that was!

    Posted on April 2, 2015 by in blog

    That was the season that was 2014/15 ski season is coming to a close and what a year it’s been! Tons of snow and tons of curry. Amazing days in the powder and on the touring skis. Best of all loads and loads of our regulars back in Bansko. I’ve not had much time to […]

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    Hotel in Bansko

    Posted on February 19, 2015 by in blog

    Running a hotel in Bansko for the last 11 years has been one hell of an experience. I’ve posted on here a lot of stuff about village politics, ex pats and skiing. The things I love and the things I hate, difficult times in the hills and the joy of powder. I’ve written a lot […]

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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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