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The secrets of a Bansko hotel manager by Ian Gardiner

Nov 20, 2013 10 Comments by

The life and secrets of managing a hotel by Ian Gardiner, General Manager at Saint George Palace, makes fascinating reading. He discusses his life in Bansko and offers up some tips for visitors and locals alike. It is a pleasure for me to share our conversation.   Tell me a little about you and how you [...]

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Bansko interview; the artist behind the map

Nov 07, 2013 No Comments by

Pollina is the artist behind Bansko Town & Piste Map, by hand. We are working on the final improvements to the map before printing on paper, posting here for free download and free in resort. So I took time to learn more about Pollina, known as Jo Iyaa (https://joiyaa.blogspot.com/). Read on for her, at time [...]

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How to ski in Bansko the same day as you land in Sofia

Sep 04, 2013 2 Comments by

The red eye Easy Jet flights from Manchester and London Gatwick have one thing going for them… you can get an afternoon ski or snowboard in. Read on for how I tested this challenge on two occasions (albeit this summer) and how to stack the odds in your favour to make it happen. It all [...]

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Snow forecast: another treat in store

Mar 11, 2012 2 Comments by

Oh yes, the fresh snow in Bansko has injected yet more excitement into this vintage snow season. I was out again testing freestyle WhiteDot skis in some safe off piste areas. Happy days. There’s no doubt about it, my having joined several group skimania classes my technique has improved no end this season. Taking some [...]

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Perfect pistes. Snow coming. World cup action

Feb 17, 2012 4 Comments by

Another Bansko day of just simply sublime skiing.  Ski conditions here in Bansko are near perfection. This is a magical time to be here. Nearly three metres of snow on Todorka. Just checking the weather charts, I see there could be some more snow Tuesday. I am as excited as a kid in a candy [...]

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How To Reach The Black Sea From Sofia

Jul 20, 2011 No Comments by

Whilst the Pirin mountain range above Bansko has a lifetime of exploration, I always enjoy a change. Last weekend I was paragliding high up in the Stara Planina mountain range from Sopot. But when its very hot, or there’s some wind for windsurfing on its way, it’s time for the seaside. So today it’s off [...]

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Tsvetana Pironkova From Plovdiv: The Next Famous Bulgarian?

Jun 29, 2010 No Comments

Tsvetana Pironkova, from Bulgaria, beat Venus Williams at Wimbledon today. The 22 year old Pironkova was on fine form. For tennis fans, the signs were good for her before Wimbledon after she beat fifth-seeded, and former Olympic champion, Russia’s Elena’s Dementieva. But her Wimbledon result is more than tennis, it’s a little like the World [...]

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