CATSKI THE SHARPLANINA

north MACEDONIA

Snowcat skiing in North Macedonia has grown in popularity in the last few years. The natural makeup of the Shar mountain plateau allows easy, high-point access across a huge 150 sq km playground

While well-known ski resorts across Europe can be overcrowded in Macedonia is a totally different experience. Jump in the back of the snowcat and there’s a feeling that anything is possible.

Daily fresh lines up to 850 vertical meters are the norm during your stay. From wide open faces and steep couloirs to natural pipes and delicious pine forests, the Shar terrain is the gift that keeps giving whatever the weather.

All guides have a minimum of six years of guiding experience. Two guides are always provided for each Snowcat group (one front and one tail guide for optimal safety).

Additionally, we provide you with all necessary safety equipment such as an avalanche transceiver beacon and ABS avalanche bag included in the price.

For more information on Snowcat skiing in North Macedonia, check out our magazine.

 

ITINERARY
  • 07:30 Breakfast and daily briefing
  • 08:30 Meet at the Snow cat and Go
  • 09:00 First freeride (OH YEAH!)
  • 12:00 Mountain Lunch
  • 16:00 End of skiing, also depends on daylight and strength of group
  • 16:30 Short debrief and make a plan for next days riding
  • 19:00 Dinner

PRICES
  • 3 days of cat skiing (4 nights) full-board – £890 pp
  • 4 days of cat skiing (5 nights) full board – £1050 pp
  • 5 days of cat skiing (6 nights) full-board – £1250 pp
  • 6 days of cat skiing (7 nights) full-board – £1420 pp

Solos welcome/Bring 12 people and get one free.
More than 6 days available on request (additional £220pp per day).

SEASON
  • December – April

WHAT'S INCLUDED
  • Full board accommodation (breakfast, mountain lunch & dinner) excluding alcoholic drinks
  • Certified and experienced guides
  • Safety equipment: ABS avalanche bag, transceiver beacon, probe & shovel
  • Return airport transfers to *Skopje*Pristina*Ohrid*Thessaloniki*Sofia  minimum 8 people. For smaller groups there is an additional cost
  • 3000plus vertical meters per day (depending on weather conditions & group strength, up to 6000m is possible

OPTIONAL EXTRAS
  • Rental equipment, we have freeride skis, snowboards and ski touring equipment for rental if you don’t want to bring your own
  • Ski & Board equipment servicing on request 

Additional information

Accommodation, Travel & Safety

  • WHERE YOU STAY

    Base camp for your cat ski ride adventure is the 4* hotel in the resort Popova Sapka at the top of the Shar mountains. The hotel has a well stocked bar, restaurant, ski room, laundry service and Spa centre which includes two saunas, swimming pool, gym and table tennis. There is even an onsite masseuse to work your tired muscles and high speed WiFi throughout the hotel for those who need to remote work in between skiing.

  • GETTING THERE

    Popova Shapka can be easily reached from many surrounding airports, Skopje & Ohrid in North Macedonia, Pristina in Kosovo, Thessaloniki in Greece and Sofia in Bulgaria. Several airlines serve the airport from all major destinations in Europe and the U.K. From experience Wizz Air provide some the most affordable fairs. Transfers are included for groups of 6 or more from the listed airports. UK and EU citizens are allowed into Macedonia without the need for a visa.

  • SAFETY

    All riding will be done with at least two experienced riding guides. On the evening of arrival there will be a safety presentation on how to use the safety equipment and how the riding will run. You need to be a confident on off piste terrain and of a good fitness level. The guides will base all runs around the groups ability.