Walking on Edelweiss

Walking on Edelweiss There comes a moment on most mountaineering routes in Pirin when you will come across an Edelweiss. These beautiful little flowers are the symbol of mountaineers around the world. They live high up on cliff faces away from man. At one and the same time they are super hardy and super delicate. […]

Trek in Pirin 2021

Trek in Pirin 2021 Normally the summer season starts in earnest around the beginning of June. This year has been very very different. After huge snow falls throughout the season, the coldest spring in 23 years and fresh snow in June the mountains are about a month behind. I was skiing a good line on […]

When is Bansko at it’s best?

When is Bansko at it’s best? The simple answer is from the 20th of December to the 20th of April and then the 20th of June to the 20th of September. The complicated answer is much longer. Bansko has huge appeal all year round. There are a few hundred foreigners who are now living here […]

The Davies peak bagging in National Park Pirin

The Davies peak bagging in National Park Pirin The Davies is a game. Please remember it is just a game! Some people have taken it all waaaay too seriously. There is a small prize when you complete it but more than that it is a wonderful adventure. My friend and Mentor Di Davies have been […]

Freeride Backpack. Kit you need when you are off into the Backcountry

Freeride Backpack. Kit you need! I LOVE POW! We all love pow! To be honest Pow is what it is all about. Sick lines in fresh snow are just flipping awesome. There is a long learning curve you need to nail to really enjoy baccountry skiing/boarding. There are skills to be honed, fitness to be built […]

Ski Touring in and around Bansko and the Pirin

Ski Touring The ski season lasts only 100 days, some years even less. The normal routine is that the resort management do everything they can to get the pistes open for Christmas and then it snows and snows and keeps on snowing and no matter how much snow is on the hill the muppets close […]

Covid-19

Covid-19 Running your own business is one of the greatest adventures in this life. Hundreds of layers of complexity merge together into this one perfect dance of success. From the outside it all looks so easy on the inside it is like juggling chainsaws! Just like juggling chainsaws it is amazingly satisfying, happy guests, happy […]

Co-living-avalon-bansko Online English teachers

In December Avalon will start a new chapter in Bansko! Covid-19 has totally changed the way we live and work. With less and less office based work, flexible hours and more and more location independent work available we have decided on a change. Out with traditional old fashioned hospitality and in with a totally new […]

Indian food in Bansko

Indian food in Bansko.   The Hotel Avalon has been offering Indian food in Bansko. for over 10 years now. It’s a slightly strange situation, an English guy cooking Indian food in Bansko but it makes sense I promise. A little bit of history will help. On leaving school I trained and worked as a British modern […]

Summer in the Mountains

Summer in the Mountains 2017   Most people think of Bansko as purely a winter resort. Don’t get me wrong I love the winter months from Christmas to Easter I am one seriously happy bunny. The winter is just 3 or 4  months, for me the other 8 months of the year have their own […]