North Macedonia

North Macedonia

Catski in North Macedonia

If you are already familiar with Catski, either with us in Dragobrat or somewhere else in the world, you certainly not need any further introduction to this concept. If you are new to Catski, this could be a good time to try out. Catski is all about taking you to those untouched places in a convenient way, so you get as much untracked terrain as possible during a week and much more than you can imagine compared to a resort stay. The Cat is fairly stable and can take you out there in all kinds of snow. Yes, the helicopter will do it faster, but if you are not ready yet to extend the budget, then Cat skiing would be a very good choice. Heli is also a bit more sensitive to the weather.

North Macedonia is part of the Balkan region and the Catskiing activity here is not totally unknown.. The Skiing & Snowboarding here is still a great experience at an affordable price compared to many operators around the world. Our local guides are well updated on security and have a service mindset that can fit into any international operation If you are not yet ready for this, the Catskiing is still a great experience at an affordable price compared to many operators around the world.

We will be located in Popova Shapka, a convenient 1hr+ drive from Skopje Airport. Popova Shapka is located in 1700m at the Sharr Mountains. Here you will, accompanied with Cat, have access to a big vaste area with some of the highest peaks in North Macedonia bordering up to Kosovo & Albania.

See the full process from the moment you give us a call to when you skiing down the beautiful snowy mountains of North Macedonia right here.

There are 6-day cat skiing included in the price. In case it is impossible to come up with Cat-skis, we will do alternatives such as Touring. We have limited access to touring equipment/Splitboard, so please give us a note in advance if you wish to rent Touring/splitboard gear. That said, it is very rare that we must cancel the catski here, because the logistic aloud us to just stay lower in the trees in case of bad weather.
The ski season typically starts in early December and ends in mid-April.
The skiing/boarding typically takes place 1700 to 2500 meters above sea level. We plan for weather and wind conditions, where we get the best snow and visibility, as well as safety.

Macedonia is part of the Balkan region and the Catskiing activity here is established. We are having access to a greater area of the Sharr mountains in the Carpathians. The terrain is varied with high alpine above treeline, with open bowls to smaller chutes and the down to the pine trees with good space between to do your treeskiing.

Catskiing is a great experience at an affordable price compared to many operators around the world.

We will be located in Popova Shapka, a convenient 1hr+ drive from Skopje Airport. Popova Shapka is located in 1700m at the Sharr Mountains. With use of Catski we have access to a vast area of terrain with some of the highest peaks in Macedonia bordering right up to Kosovo & Albania.

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ABOUT THE TRIP

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Departure

There are a number of connections departing from European cities to Skopje (SKP). please be aware of the service fees of bringing ski equipment. Also note that there are special regulations, which only permit a certain type of Cartridge for avalanche airbags (ABS). It is a good idea to contact your flight operator and make an open statement about the type of Cartridge you are planning to carry. Eastern Snow will gladly help out with finding the optimal flight.
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Transfer

You will be picked up in by a shuttle with the other guests in Skopje Airport. Estimated 1-1,5 hours transfer time

Stay

We stay at the Scardus Hotel, which is a 4 star hotel. There is a private bathroom and toilet in the rooms, as well as a Spa/sauna & Pool facilities in the basement. Additional there is a Fitness room, café and restaurant.

We can use ski & board facilities to wax and fix ski & snowboard

The catski area is basically right outside the door. It is within walking distance to other restaurants and bars.

You can ski right to the door when on your way home. We have double rooms with a toilet and bath.

It is possible to book single rooms for and additional fee.

Traditional Georgian cuisine background. Khinkali, phali, chahokhbili, lobio, cheese, eggplant rolls on dark background, top view.

Accommodation

Breakfast, lunch and a 2-course dinner are included in the price.

We may eat lunch in the terrain and sometimes at the hotel depending on how far we are from the hotel at lunchtime.

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Skiing ability

The terrain in North Macedonia fits well for those who want to learn to master the off-piste and for those who just want to run powder all week. It is a mixture of forest skiing and open terrain.

Hence, North Macedonia is the perfect destination if you dream of venturing into the fluffy and dense powder of the wind-protected forest and at the same time be able to ski large, open glades with live-lasting views. You will then get access to steeper terrain. Skills will be from intermediate to advanced.

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Safety

Safety is of course always a priority on all of our trips. GMGA guides with knowledge of the local area will guide you all the way. They are there to ensure your safety, and in the event of an accident they know what to do and how to get you directly off the mountain to a safe zone or Hospital if required.
Avalanche equipment including air bags will be available if you do not have them. On arrival we will conduct a security briefing and ensure or refresh knowledge on use of the safety equipment.
You will have to make sure that you have the relevant insurances, so that you’re covered in the off-piste in North Macedonia You can read more about it here.

Passport and visa

Det er meget vigtigt, at oplysningerne i dit pas stemmer overens med det, der står på din billet. Der kræves intet visum for at rejse ind i landet.

Extra info

The power plugs are 220v and of the same type as in most Northern European countries (not UK).

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Prices and weeeks

€1.050 - €1.900

per. person

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2022

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2023

14 Jan. – 21 Jan. 2023
21 Jan. – 28 Jan. 2023
28 Jan. – 4 Feb. 2023
11 Feb. – 18 Feb. 2023
18 Feb. – 25 Feb. 2023

6 days of catski
7 overnight stays

€1.900

Whole weeks

Included:

Furthermore, you can:

Not included:

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FORVENTNINGSAFSTEMNING

Ved bestillingen af en tur, vil du blive kontaktet af vores rejseleder. Rejselederen vil forventningsafstemme med dig, så vi sikre os, at du får alt den information, som du har behov for så du kan træffe dit valg om dit næste skieventyr.

BETALING AF REJSE

Efter betalingen af din rejse, så sender vi dig en ordrebekræftelse, pakkeliste og et rejseprogram for turen.

INFORMATION

Vi holder dig løbende orienteret om turen og eventuelle detaljer. 

AFREJSE

Du vil blive mødt i Skopje (SKP) af en rejseleder, som vil hjælpe dig med at nå din destination. så du vil altså ikke blive efterladt.

TRANSFER

You will be picked up in by a shuttle with the other guests in Skopje Airport. Estimated 1-1,5 hours transfer time

SIKKERHEDSBRIEF

Når vi er nået frem til vores destination vil du/I får en sikkerhedsbriefing. Vi vil på denne måde sikre os, at du/I har bedst mulige forudsætninger for ikke kan komme galt afsted i off-piste situationer.

DAGLIGE OPLEVELSER

Ud over ski/snowboard ture, arrangerer vi også sociale ting som sauna, middage og evt. øl om aftenen. Disse er  dog bestemt af hvilket slags vejr vi bliver udsat for.

HJEMREJSE

Vi hjælper dig hele vejen hjem. Vores rejseleder tager med i lufthavnen og sørger for, at du/I kommer sikkert hjem.

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North Macedonia tour flow

Expectations of the trip

When booking the trip, one of our travel team members will contact you. Here we will match your expectations for the trip, to secure that you have all the information about the planned trip.

Payment of the trip

After payment for the trip has been received, we will send you an order confirmation, a packing list, and a program for the tour

INFORMATION

We will keep you updated about the trip.

GETTING THERE

You will meet our travel guide in Skopje (SKP) who will help you reach the final destination.

TRANSFER

You will be picked up in by a shuttle with the other guests in Skopje Airport. Estimated 1-1,5 hours transfer time

Safety brief

When we have reached our destination, you’ll receive a security briefing. We want to make sure that you have the best prerequisites to not get hurt when riding off-piste.

Daily experiences

Apart from skiing and snowboarding, we also arrange social events like going to the sauna, dinners and beers in the evening. These events are however decided by what kind of weather we’re exposed to.

Return

We will assist you all the way. Our travel guide will bring you to one of the Airports and make sure you get safely back on your flight home.

We wish you a fantastic trip!

Contact us if you have additional questions!

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