Snowcat Skiing Freeride in Macedonia – Popova Shapka

What you can expect:

  • Freeride with snowcat in one of the most exciting & hidden spots in the Balkans
  • Ride with local expert guides that will show you every hidden stash of powder
  • Enjoy a safe adventure full of adrenaline
  • Make your stay memorable by experiencing local traditional cuisine and a firstclass 4**** hotel with spa

Snowcat skiing in Macedonia

Snowcat skiing in Macedonia is becoming quite popular and together with Kosovo are the only counties where you can get this kind of service when it comes to freeride skiing and snowboarding in the Balkans. SHAROUTDOORS is a team of local certified guides who in winter time are providing snowcat guided tours. Based in hotel Scardus on Popova Shapka ski resort located on Shar Mountain we provide daily tours and full-service snowcat skiing holiday packages. The natural shape of the mountain gives easy access for the snowcat to reach the peaks and ridges from were long faces are waiting for ultimate powder freeride experience.

For our operation, we use Leitner Prinoth and Pistenbully, machines with high-security standards. In the price of the product, we also include primary avalanche safety equipment (beacon, probe, shovel) and avalanche airbag system (abs). All together we work on a high level when it comes to safety risk management in outdoor activities. The backcountry skiing terrain is separated in high zones from 2100m to 2600m and lower zones below 2100m but not lower than 1700m. Most of the time you will be riding the north face of the mountain where the north face powder can be found in huge quantities.

The terrain

From wide open faces to narrow couloirs and natural pipes, the nature of the terrain gives maximum pleasure to both medium and high experience riders. On a day with good visibility, there are no restrictions. Basically, you can ride everywhere where the ski guides will find good snow. You can do long lines from top to bottom ranging from 500 to 850 vertical meters per line. In bad weather conditions usually, the agenda is to stay low for amazing forest skiing. This where the powder stays protected from the wind, and that is what we chase. Place where trees are used as a tool for orientation in the fog.

The north side of the ski resort Popova Shapka is perfect for snowcat skiing / freeriding.
40 Minutes from Skopje, it lies at 1700 meters and has a lot of powder snow.

Accommodation

Enjoy the high standard of the 4**** Hotel Scardus with Sauna and Spa after a long day out in the backcountry, skiing a minimum of 3000 vertical meters either in a forest or high mountain terrain.

Minimum of 2 guides with every group and we can provide all the necessary off-piste security equipment free of charge.

Activity

Country

Prices

This includes 2 nights for arrival  & departure as well as 3 full days of snowcatskiing. 

This is a full-service package, except: 

  • Flights not included
  • Rental equipment (can be rented at additional costs, depending on what you need – please enquire)
  • Airport transfer only included for a group of minimum 6 persons, otherwise please enquire for current tarifs (we provide it at owncost basis)

This includes 2 nights for arrival  & departure as well as 4 full days of snowcatskiing. 

This is a full-service package, except: 

  • Flights not included
  • Rental equipment (can be rented at additional costs, depending on what you need – please enquire)
  • Airport transfer only included for a group of minimum 6 persons, otherwise please enquire for current tarifs (we provide it at owncost basis)

This includes 2 nights for arrival  & departure as well as 5 full days of snowcatskiing. 

This is a full-service package, except: 

  • Flights not included
  • Rental equipment (can be rented at additional costs, depending on what you need – please enquire)
  • Airport transfer only included for a group of minimum 6 persons, otherwise please enquire for current tarifs (we provide it at owncost basis)

This includes 2 nights for arrival  & departure as well as 6 full days of snowcatskiing. 

This is a full-service package, except: 

  • Flights not included
  • Rental equipment (can be rented at additional costs, depending on what you need – please enquire)
  • Airport transfer only included for a group of minimum 6 persons, otherwise please enquire for current tarifs (we provide it at owncost basis)

We can make tailor made packages according to your need.

Please request a quote for a tailored experience.

This is a full-service package, except: 

  • Flights not included
  • Rental equipment (can be rented at additional costs, depending on what you need – please enquire)
  • Airport transfer only included for a group of minimum 6 persons, otherwise please enquire for current tarifs (we provide it at owncost basis)

included in price

  • fullboard accomodation (breakfast, lunchpackage & dinner) – excluding drinks
  • 2 guides (you may bring your own certified guide for a whole group, upon we will provide at least a headguide)
  • security equipment like ABS avalanche bag & transponder
  • airport transfer Skopje – Hotel / Base – Skopje for a minimum of 6 people, otherwise we will provide at own cost basis and it will be quoted in our proposal
  • 3000+ vertical meters per day (depending on weather conditions & your own strenght up to 6000m, but may also be less )
  • anything that makes your stay as enjoyable as possible and is not otherwise explicity excluded

excluded in price

  • flight to destination airport
  • personal health / injury insurance in the mountain
  • rental eqipment like skis & boots (freeride skis can be provided upon request at additonal cost)
  • souvenirs or sightseeing tickets
  • single room supplement – can be booked optionally

* All prices are subject to change due to season, currency fluctuation, fuel prices and/or unforeseen economic circumstances or errors.

Day plan

07:30 – breakfast and daily briefing afterwards

08:30 – Meeting at the Snowcat – departure

09:00 – first run

Between 11:30 – 12:30 – Lunch in the forrest depending on group preferences

16:00 – end of skiing, is variable depending on daylight and strength of group

16:30 – short debriefing and outlook of next day

19:00 – dinner

Skiing area terrain profile

Snowcat skiing in Macedonia has been quite active in the last few years, mainly because of the natural shape of the mountains which allows easy access to the peaks by snowcat machine. 

While the well known ski resorts across Europe are overcrowded with free riders from all over the world, freeriding in Macedonia is totally different experience because of the ruralness of the region which I waiting to be explored.

From wide open faces to narrow couloirs and natural pipes, the nature of the terrain gives maximum pleasure to both medium and high experience riders. On a day with good visibility there are no restrictions and basically you can ride everywhere where the ski guides will find good snow and you can do long lines from top to bottom ranging from 500 to 850 vertical meters per line.

In bad weather conditions usually the daily agenda is to stay low for amazing forest skiing where the powder stays protected from the wind, and the trees are used as tool for orientation In the fog. 

Accomodation

You are staying at the 4**** Hotel Scardus in Popva Shapka. 

The hotel has night bar, restaurant, ski room, laundry, conference hall, SPA center within which there are 2 sauna, Jacuzzi, two swimming pools (adults and children), Turkish bath and fitness, while massage goes according to guest’s request. 

It offers  Wi-fi throught all areas of the hotel public place. The restaurant serves a variety of dishes with international cuisine with high quality in a relaxing and beautiful ambient.

Guides & Safety

Our guides have a minimum experience of 6-10 years of guiding in the area and are experienced freeriders.

We always provide 2 guides for each Snowcat (one head and one tail guide) to provide maximum safety for your backcountry experience.

Additionally, we provide you with all necessary security equipment such as a avalanche beakon and ABS avalance backpack free of charge.

Rental equipment

All equipment such as freeride skis, boots, poles etc. can be rented upon availabilty. Please enquiry beforehand.

Getting there

Skopje can be easily reached from anywhere in the world and offers a modern airport.

For example, the budget airline Wizzair offers cheap flights to Skopje several times a week from all major destinations in Europe such as: 

Copenhagen, Oslo, Stockholm, Berlin, Memmingen, Dortmund, London, Paris, Bratislava and many more.

 

Trip Disclaimer

Our guides have the right to change the program or cancel due to unexpected conditions in order to provide maximum safety for the group.

All participants should be reasonably fit and must have proper equipment for avalanche rescue: ABS Avalanche backpack or similar, probe, shovel and transceiver. It will be provided by SharOutdoors at no additional cost.

Please contact us if you are unsure about any requirements.

Why SharOutdoors?

Our guides have a minimum experience of 6-10 years of guiding in the area and are experienced freeriders.

Our guides are not only certified by local and international guiding federations, but are also regularly participating in or leading safety courses.

Our goal is to be leading in setting standards and procedures for mountain safety in our region.

We speak English, German, Macedonian, Bulgarian & Albanian.

Other interesting tours

Snowcat skiing in Macedonia

Snowcatskiing in Macedonia is becoming quite popular and together with Kosovo are the only counties where you can get this kind of service when it comes to freeride skiing and snowboarding in the Balkans.

SHAROUTDOORS is a team of certified guides who in winter time are providing guided tours with snowcat. Based on Popova Shapka ski resort located on Shar Mountain they provide daily tours and full service snowcat skiing holiday packages. The natural shape of the mountain gives easy access for the snowcat to reach the peaks and ridges from where long faces are waiting for ultimate powder freeride experience. For their operation they use Leitner prinoth and Pistenbully machines and they work on high security standards.

In the price of the product they also include primary avalanche safety equipment ( beacon, probe, shovel ) and avalanche airbag system (abs).

All together we work on a very high level when it comes to safety risk management in outdoor activities. The backcountry skiing terrain is separated in high zones from 2100m to 2600m and lower zones below 2100m but not lower then 1700m. Most of the time you will be riding the north face of the mountain where the north face powder can be found in huge quantities. 

The daily routine begins in 07:30 for breakfast and at 08:45 everyone should be ready in front the snowcat for 15 min daily briefing with the mountain guides. General briefing is given upon arrival in the hotel where also safety equipment is provided and on this briefing you will get all the informations about the operation.

The usual start is 09:00 and finish 16:00 in which 3000 vertical meter are guaranteed, the lead guide will decide the lunch break time and place which usually is on some of the pick up points. The season for ski freeride in Macedonia usually starts in December. The ski resort of Popova Shapka at Shar Planina starts with working around new year and the Sharoutdoors catskiing operation whenever there is enough amount of snow for the snowcat. Usual start is beginning of January and the season can last up to mid April but according do the statistics the best period for catskiing would be February and March. The accommodation that sharoutdoors provides in their snowcat ski holiday is in 4 star Hotel Scardus where in the price full board service and daily use of the spa is included. Best way to come to Macedonia is to fly to the international Skopje Airport.