Words: T. Bird

A few weeks ago, my good friend and photographer E-Stone and I got to accompany an eclectic group of riders to Bansko, Bulgaria. I’d gotten the tip from a buddy of mine that works for Method Magazine while I was over in Barcelona on vacation. I had mentioned that Bulgaria was on my to-do list and he perked up and immediately started searching his computer for a contact that could make it happen. Needless to say, it did. With MFM, Aaron Biittner, Stevie Bell, Marko Grilc, and Marko’s filmer Mitja, we set off for the Eastern Bloc in search of snow. The resulting images will be a print feature in SNOWBOARDER Magazine’s 25th volume, and these behind-the-scenes shots will hopefully give you a taste of what went on off the hill. The snow was good and the trip was all-time, mainly because the crew was incredible, and if you’re on an international trip with a good group of dudes, nothing else really matters…and to me, that’s what traveling is all about. Finding new zones, exploring new areas, and having a damn good time with your friends. I’d like to thank White Lavina Hotel for giving us a nice, clean bed, Andi, Maja, and Martina for showing us around the mountains, and all the locals in Bansko for making us feel right at home when in actuality we were so far away from it.