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Ski touring & freeride photos

It has been a wonderful winter here in Bulgaria. We haven’t seen so much snow in decade, resulting in many powder days and many happy people. Even now, at the end of April there were big snow falls, dumping in the mountains and prolonging this amazing season. It is spring time in the planes, trees blossoming and birds singing. But up there, in the high mountain it is still full of snow. And plenty of slopes to play on.

This winter we skied a lot, as it was our last winter (may be it is, you never know when a world is coming to an end). It was so good, that I did not want to make any photos, I wanted to enjoy skiing on the max. Plus, it was storm day (almost) every day – good for powder, not good for photos. However, as the spring has come and there are more sunny days and breathtaking views in the mountain I could not resist taking my camera with me and spend some time taking pictures of the beauty surrounding me and the skiers ripping the slopes.

Below there are a few galleries from my resent ski touring days. The first is from the ski descent from Deno peak (2790m) in the Musala range, Rila mountain. We were headed first to peak Irechek, but the snow conditions of its north-east slope would not offer safe and good skiing down, so we decided to head to peak Deno and see how it is on its north face. After a 3 hour tour to the peak we found ourselves at the top of an amazingly looking 40-45 degree face, ending with a short couloir next to a frozen lake. The face was followed by a long but easy slope and a total denivelation of about 1000 m.  The descent was truly marvelous resulting in big smiles on our faces. Unfortunately I had to concentrate on the skiing and could not make any photos of the downhill but there are some pictures of the approach.

The next gallery is from a ski tout between peak Mechit and peak Lopushki. We started from Mechit hut, climbing to peak Mechit followed by a long traverse through two smaller no-name peaks. Our primary goal was to climb to peak Lopushki and ski down on it’s north face. The weather was quite unsustainable and shortly before climbing to the top the fog shut us down. That forced us to stop the ascent and wait for a window to show us the right direction down as it was a quite sketchy slope with big cliffs on the right and a wrong valley to go on the left. Luckily we managed to see our way in a short 10 sec window and headed down fast.

peak Lopushki

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The next day we headed to Malyovitsa valley, which offers many peaks, slopes and couloirs. There was stable weather, excellent conditions and a good company. I will leave the photos to speak for themselves.

Malyovitsa valley

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The season is not over yet, there is more to come. Stay tuned.

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