We already thought that the winter's gone, when March surprised us with a few powder days. Our team gathered together for the first time this year, in Bansko. We had a couple of perfect winter days - intensive skiing in the resort, back country trip in beautiful areas and lots of fun.

   

Mt Todorka is a very special place for me. Everytime I climb it I feel mixed emotions of excitement and fear.

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     Mt Todorka ridge reveals incredible slopes with freeride terrain on both sides, north and west.

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     Many riders are attracted this day - the best snow conditions this winter.

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      We are also eager to try the slopes.

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     It takes about half an hour to reach the summit, starting from the highest lift station.

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      The weather is quiet, the sky is clear - like a dream

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     Walking up is nice and easy.

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    Although the summit is relatively easily accessible, the slopes are serious.

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     In this first day we climb the summit two times.

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     Final steps. In the background - Mt Vihren and Mt Kutelo

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     To climb Mt Todorka again, with good friends....it's amazing.

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     Moments of joy.

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     We rode the North face many times but there is always little surprise. The wind have changed the snow conditions from the last time.

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     Valyo is heading to a cliff for a drop. The entering to the spot is very delicate.

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      On the second run we choose the West face. It is a late afternoon and we are alone in the mountain.

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      Boris is strarting first.

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     Fast and clean turns.

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    He is spraying clouds of the snow.... it is powder.

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     Elena is preparing for a descend.

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     She is strarting even more aggresively with big turns and full speed.

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     Valyo is starting his run.

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     I am impatient to follow him.

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     It is a long and very pleasand ride - more than 500 vertical meters.

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     The final point below is Vihren hut valley.

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     We can look at our tracks from below.

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     This is a good reward for the day.

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    The plan for the next day is to make a trip in the back country area to a place called "Donchovi Karauli" and climb the highest pointof the ridge. We are especially attracted by the north facing couloirs in the middle section of the slope.

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     The easiest way is to descend from Mt Todorka to the valley below. So we climb the peak for a third time.

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     Boris is starting a diagonal line to the point where we'll start to climb the opposite hill.

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     It is time to put the skins.

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     Now we are on the other side of Mt Todorka, far from the resort in the heart of the mountain. The atmosphere here is different.

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     Still figuring out the right climbing line.

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     Choosing the descending line in the couloir section. As we go up, the slope will remain blind. We have to observe it well on the way up.

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     On the sunny and quiet slopes it's very warm. The snow is still perfect.

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     Making a traverse to a spot where we can climb the ridge more easily. Then there is only one short steep passage left.

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     Boris is trying to climb the final meters straight

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     Behind us is the ridge of Mt Todorka, the palce we came from.

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     In about two hours we reach the highest point of "Donchovi Karauli", a summit of which we don't know the name.

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     Now its time to think about going down.

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      The first part of the descend is a long and beautiful ridge.

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     It resembles Alaskan terrain, not so steep of course.

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     After the first part of the descend we stop to discuss the entereing of the "blind" couloirs section. We only remember the view from the bottom.

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     We use my camera to check the photo of the slope. 

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     We are little nervous, but finally everybody chooses thier line. The group is safe and happy!

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      Ski: Valeri Peltekov, Elena Mitrengova
      Snowboard: Boris Parvanov
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