Nearly at the end of the ski season 2016/2017, but better late than never, we are happy to introduce the first of its type guidebook about the mountains of Bulgaria – a book with descriptions of various ski touring routes in Rila, Pirin and Vithosha mountains. “Skiing the Balkans – fifty backcountry descents in Bulgaria” is written by Dimitar Dimitrov and introduces 50 routes in the mentioned above mountain ranges, suitable for different skiing and riding levels. On the 256 pages of the edition you`ll find nearly 150 photos of the routes and the areas described and also 41 maps, included as illustration to the route`s descriptions.
The book contains four main blocks of information:
- A common chapter with info on the mountains of Bulgaria, the climate, the different safety issues one may encounter on a ski touring trip, along with practical info about the approach to the start points, the ski areas, the huts network, the specifics of the navigation and communication, the ethics, local knowledge and guiding and so on – everything one may need in order to plan a backcountry trip in the mountains of Bulgaria;
- Rila Mountains routes` descriptions section – common info about this mountain range, the highest of the Balkan Peninsula, and some popular routes in 4 main parts of the mountains: the areas of Musala/Borovets, Malyovitsa, Rila Lakes and Macedonia Hut above the town of Blagoevgrad;
- Pirin Mountains section – introduction of the range plus routes in 2 main areas: the area of Mount Vihren and the valley of Bunderitsa: Mount Kutelo, Mount Cherna Mogila, Palashitsa, Hvoynati Peak, Donchovi Karauli, the ridge of Todorka Peaks (above Bansko ski zone); the second one is the Bezbog area – Mount Bezbog, Mount Polezan, Strazhite ridge, Mount Gazei, Mount Disilitsa;
- Vitosha Mountains – some common info about it and some of the popular routes mainly in the area of the highest peak – Mount Cherni Vruh and the area of Reznyovete peaks next to the ski zone of Vitosha.
Please find the guidebook here
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Author: Lyuben Grancharov
“The World is a book and those who do not travel read only a page” (Augustine of Hippo). I enjoy filling up the page, called “Bulgaria”, both working as a guide and writing about the mountains of Bulgaria on this blog.