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    The Bulgarians are coming!

    Posted on January 1, 2014 by in blog

      A chill wind is blowing through Bansko, on the streets of Sofia the only thing moving is tumble weed, empty chair lifts creak in the breeze. On our street a lone dog howls gripped by the icy fingers of Death . The last bus for England left this morning, the old, the weak, unemployed and infirm were […]

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    Hotels v Apartments

    Posted on December 28, 2013 by in blog

        I had a strange conversation the other day with a very good friend who owns some apartments out here. The jist of it was that I was perceived to be Satan by the owners and managers of  their block because I’m anti apartments. I don’t see any  competition for guest nights between apartment […]

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    New toys

    Posted on December 25, 2013 by in blog

      Bansko is having a pretty shitty start to the season this year, poor snow conditions and mild temps mean that there are only a few pistes open and those only because of man made snow. So this is the ideal moment to talk about toys! This year I will finally be going into the […]

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    Posted on December 19, 2013 by in blog

      The wheel turns!  After I left school and before my adventure in Bulgaria I had never spent more than 5 months in any one place. Most places much less than that. One of the first things I did when I arrived in Bulgaria was to get a dog. Not just any dog a proper mountain […]

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    Eastern Front

    Posted on December 14, 2013 by in blog

        Season 2013/14 has opened with a bit of a bang. As ever Ulen AD have kept us all hanging on tender hooks with their usual saga of publishing the rates for this winter. So far we have the prices until the 20th of December what the real prices will be we wont know until […]

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    Posted on December 10, 2013 by in blog

    Other than a few trips away Vania and I have been together all day every day  for the last 10 years in the beginning some of those days were pretty intense, 20 hour shifts trying to keep our bansko hotel open and profitable through will alone.  I think we’ve probably spent more waking hours together in […]

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    The little world of Don Camillo

    Posted on December 9, 2013 by in blog

    The little world of Don Camillo doesn’t seem to have got across the channel . On the continent it has been a huge part of peoples lives for nearly 70 years. I was introduced to the books by The Old Man and a very strange choice it was to suggest to a teenager. The stories […]

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    Lukla, and up into the hills!

    Posted on December 3, 2013 by in blog

    My passion for the Himalaya has not diminished one bit in the last 10 years. Even with all the changes and development the sense of Joy as I set off into that huge landscapes is incredible. The first day of trekking from Lukla up the Solu Kumbu valley I was almost skipping with joy, singing […]

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  • Everest Base camp

    Posted on November 28, 2013 by in blog

        I have now been in bansko 10 years and very soon Avalon hotel will have her tenth birthday (26th of December is her birthday if you want to send a card!) So to remember those hectic 90 days back in 2003 when vania and I built Avalon we have been on a bit […]

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  • Death in the Afternoon

    Posted on September 30, 2013 by in blog

    I’m no pro skier, I’m not sponsored by any manufacturer or filmed on a daily basis as part of one of those tantalizingly extreme films where everyone is skiing in chest deep powder on some remote face in Alaska. I’m just a guy who loves to ride the back country. If it’s un-pisted then that’s […]

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