Rila and Pirin mountains backcountry ski courses

Georgy, IFMGA Aspirant mountain guide and expert skier of the Bulgaria region, invites you to take part of the ski courses the Free Mountains Association offers.




Trip Duration

1+ day

Mountain Range

Pirin, Rila Mountains

People per Guide

6 people

Trip Level


Offer Period

Jan, Feb, Mar, Dec

Type of Trip

Not specified



    Join me on any of these great backcountry ski or snowboard courses in the Rila or in the Pirin mountains in Bulgaria!

    You can take your pick from the following courses: avalanche safety; choosing a route in the backcountry; navigation and orientation; and alpine techniques course.

    During the courses, you will learn the skills you need to stay safe and enjoy the mountain’s backcountry. The training will take place in the backcountry of the beautiful Rila and Pirin Mountains in Bulgaria.

    These are the courses I offer in these spectacular mountains:

    • Avalanche Safety Course: This 2-day training will provide you with the skills and knowledge you need to stay safe off-piste. We will cover topics such as why avalanches occur, risk reduction and easy rescue techniques, including the use of safety equipment.
    • “Choice of a Route in the Backcountry” course: You will learn how to skin up, how to decide which is the best route for skinning up and, lastly, skiing down.
    • Navigation and Orientation course: You will learn how to use a map and a compass so as to avoid getting lost in bad climate conditions.
    • Alpine Techniques course: This 2-day training will teach you how to deal with technical ground when ascending and descending the mountains. In addition, you will receive information about the use of alpine tools such as ice axes, ropes, crampons and harnesses.

    In order to participate on these courses you must demonstrate a good snowboarding/skiing level. Also, you need to be in good physical condition as to tour on skis for up to 4 hours a day.

    So send me a request and join me on these backcountry skiing or snowboarding courses in Bulgaria! I will be happy to guide you around the incredible scenery of the Rila or the Pirin Mountains.

    I also offer guided off-piste ski day tours in Bansko. Check it out!

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    Price per person, per day

    Group of 1
    128 EUR

    Group of 2
    64 EUR

    Group of 3
    43 EUR

    Group of 4
    38 EUR

    Group of 5
    34 EUR

    Group of 6
    32 EUR


    Price includes

    • Guiding fee

    Other details

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    Prices per person for 2 days (in Bulgarian Levs)

    1 person: 460 BGN

    Group of 2: 230 BGN

    Group of 3: 154 BGN

    Group of 4: 135 BGN

    Group of 5: 124 BGN

    Group of 6: 117 BGN

    Prices per person for 3 days

    1 person: 650 BGN

    Group of 2: 325 BGN

    Group of 3: 217 BGN

    Group of 4: 188 BGN

    Group of 5: 170 BGN

    Group of 6: 160 BGN

    Prices per person for 4 days

    1 person: 850 BGN

    Group of 2: 425 BGN

    Group of 3: 284 BGN

    Group of 4: 240 BGN

    Group of 5: 214 BGN

    Group of 6: 197 BGN

    Prices per person for 5 days

    1 person: 1000 BGN

    Group of 2: 500 BGN

    Group of 3: 334 BGN

    Group of 4: 283 BGN

    Group of 5: 252 BGN

    Group of 6: 232 BGN

    Necessary Skills:

    - Good skiing/snowboarding level (parallel turns)

    - Good physical condition allowing ski touring up to 3-4 hours

    Necessary Equipment:


    -Skis with touring bindings/splitboard/snowshoes, skins

    -Avalanche safety set (shovel, probe and beacon)


    -Crampons for skis

    -Crampons for ski boots, ice axe (depending on the chosen route), harness (available for free)

    Equipment Rental-Prices:

    Avalanche safety set (shovel, probe, beacon): 20 lv per day

    Snowshoes and poles: 25 lv per day


    About the Guide


    I am an IFMGA Guide and have been working as an independent guide since 1994. I guide trekking groups worldwide: Alps, Himalayas, Carpathians, the mountains of Turkey, Greece and Macedonia and others. I did numerous ascents in the Alps and peaks over 4000 m. (over 30 ascents of Mont Blanc, peaks of the Monte Rosa range, Gran Paradiso, Grandes Jorasses, Mаtterhorn, Bar, Dome Des Ecrins etc), Caucasus, Pamir and others.
    I was the leader of ski expeditions to Mera Peak, Saribung, Larkye Peak /first ski descent/alpine expeditions to Ama Dablam, Island Peak (Nepal), ski groups to India, the Austrian, French and Italian Alps, Turkey, Macedonia, Greece.
    I have been guiding trekking, climbing and ski touring groups in Bulgaria and abroad for Club Aventure, ZigZag, Atalant, TopSki (France), Exodus (UK), SNP (The Netherlands), Lapoint and others. I did first ascents in the Bulgarian and Turkish mountains, numerous first ski descents. I participated in numerous Bulgarian first ascents worldwide. I'm an instructor at Maljovitza Mountain School and “Mountains and People” Association. I was the technical director of the “Shared Peaks” project in 2007 and 2009.



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    What People are Saying about Georgy Georgiev


    I am delighted with the ski trip to the Pirin Mountains. These are the most beautiful and unusual places with beautiful nature. I booked a trip to Georgiy Georgiev, but for some reason my guide was not he, but Milena Padalska. However, I do not regret it at all. Milena is a very experienced smart and attentive guide. She organized the trip perfectly and helped me to choose the equipment. She very sensibly corrected the routes, in accordance with the weather and my technical and physical abilities. Despite the not quite favorable weather, we did not miss a single day of trekking. And Milena is very contact and interesting person and an charming woman.
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    Our trip with Georgy in Bulgaria\'s Pirin Mountains went perfectly. Georgy is a great guide, clearly knows the region extraordinarily well, and did everything to make this trip fun, comfortable, safe and memorable for our group of four. Plus, he\'s fun to spend time with. I can\'t speak highly enough for him and absolutely recommend him for any guiding needs.
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    Dan Patitucci
    We organised in advance a very bespoke ski touring itinerary with Georgy in Bulgaria. He was flexible and able to accommodate our precise itinerary whilst also recommending if it was feasible, what the snow conditions were like and what grade of touring/mountaineering/skiing was possible. He was also able to arrange all logistics and accommodation where necessary. He was actually busy for the dates that we wanted but introduced us to Hristo who we We ski toured for 5 days hut-to-hut in both the Rila and Pirin mountain ranges, both equally rewarding and stunning. Hristo, our guide, was excellent, personable and above all showed us a great time in the mountains - challenging us on the uphill and downhill and keeping us aware of and safe in the terrain. It was a fascinating trip which opened my eyes to foreign cultures and new mountain ranges. See Bulgaria, you won\'t be disappointed.
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