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ESKIMO FREERIDE CAT SKIING PACKAGES
4 or 8 Days | 3 or 7 Nights | 3 or 7 Days Cat Skiing
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USD 848
Ability: Intermediate to Expert
Eskimo Freeride offers 4 or 8 day cat ski packages with 3 or 7 full days of cat skiing and snowboarding powder inclusive of accommodation and all meals. Choose your own dates. Fully customised options to suite your own dates and duration are also available. All packages are family friendly!
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Inclusions
  • 3 days guided cat skiing (4,000 vert.m./day)(4 day package)
  • 3 nights accommodation (twin-share)(4 day package)
  • All meals
  • Use of avalanche safety equipment (including airbag)
  • Use of wine barrel hot tub
Add-ons
  • Fat ski & powder snowboard rental (price on application)
  • Massages (price on application).
  • Alcoholic beverages (bar prices)
  • Cat ski camping plus night riding & skiing (€100/day - Spring only)
  • Return transfer from Skopje (price dependent on group size - enquire)
Location: Europe | Tour Focus: Guided | Terrain Focus: Backcountry
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Eskimo Cat Skiing Packages Overview

Powderhounds have always had an affinity for Eskimos, so to be able to cat ski powder with them is sheer pleasure indeed! 

Eskimo Freeride is Europe's longest established cat skiing operation. Located in the Sar Mountain Range in north western Macedonia, the 12m annual snowfall combine with great terrain to create a powder skiing and snowboarding nirvana the envy of any eskimo!

Operating out of Macedonia's premier ski resort, Popova Sapka, Eskimo Freeride has 7 snowcats to prowl the expansive terrain and enough seats to ensure groups are well matched to ability and terrain. 

Cat ski packages are fully customisable - you can choose how many days and dates. We recommend at least a 4 day package to make the most of the journey.

When you cat ski with Eskimo Freeride, you are in one of the last European wildernesses – no mountain huts serving beer and soup, no lift stations, villages or groomed pistes in sight anywhere. The land still has bears, wolves, and the ghosts of the forest, lynx.  Despite this, you can expect great culinary and local cultural experiences.


 Cats and Eskimos - a great combo.

 Ride in comfort, from the bottom...

 ... to the top!

Snow & Terrain

The Eskimo Freeride terrain is mainly high alpine meadows with few base obstructions, meaning even in poor snow seasons (lets face it  - it happens everywhere in the world!) the skiing is excellent. But with an annual snowfall of around 12m, there is little chance of that. The terrain includes beautiful mellow terrain for intermediates through to steeps and chutes for experts, plus tree skiing in the lower reaches. There's a whole spectrum of options available - wide open terrains, tree riding, couloirs, cliffs, banks, natural pipe canyons placed on total of 32 square kilometers. From adrenaline rides down the 50° bowls, or chilling in a safe fluffy 30° slope, there is terrain for everyone.

Locally called Shar-planina or Shar (Sar) mountain, the cat ski area spreads for an amazing 1600 square km, raising up to 2747 m at Tito's peak. Pine wood forest extents to about 1700 m, and above that lie approximately 550 square km of high pastures. This is the largest compact area covered with pasture on European continent making it a perfect playground for backcountry addicts! Shar Mountain is by evolution considered "old mountain" as opposed to the European Alps which are "young mountains". Because of this, Shar Mountain is the perfect shape for safe, fun and unlimited freeriding.

Eskimo Freeride's operation extends onto the best part of the mountain range from Tito's Peak (2747m) to Jelak and Popova Sapka base at 1687 m. The average daily vertical covered is 4000m per day, which can be dependent on conditions, daylight hours, and the speed and ability of the group. Skiers and snowboarders must be at least an intermediate level skier or snowboarder. Lower intermediates can be easily catered for and are encouraged if part of a larger family group.


 Fresh lines on the Sharplanina.

 Steep terrain is available...

 Deep powder anyone?

Family Friendly

Eskimo Freeride sets itself apart from most other cat ski operations in the world by providing family friendly opportunities. Children and families are welcome and perfectly provided for. Expansive terrain for lower intermediates, expert guides plus fat powder skis allow adults with children to experience the thrill of cat skiing powder together....,.... or separately - you choose! The large number of snowcats at Eskimo Freeride allows for specific groups with lower abilities to have their own guide and to learn to ski powder with no pressure from other guests.

Safety

Eskimo Freeride cat skiing puts a very strong emphasis on safety. As an associated member of HeliCat Canada, one of the world's finest associations of mechanized freeride operations, Eskimo follow their standards and procedures. The guides are professional and experts in the local terrain and snow conditions. Terrain options exist for every type of snow and avalanche risk condition. Packages include full avalanche gear (with airbag). 

Cat Ski Camping & Night Riding

During Spring, a unique adventure at Eskimo Freeride is to experience cat ski camping. Far from your hotel, you get to ride new terrain and camp where the night sky can be seen in its true brilliance, unlike anywhere in western Europe or the big cities of the world. Cat ski camping also includes night riding sessions with illumination from the snowcats and powerful headlamps.


 Camping on the Shar-planina.

 Wonderful atmosphere...

 Beautiful night skies..

Eskimo Freeride Lodging & Dining

Popova Sapka Hotels Eskimo Freeride has its base at Holel Bora*** where the guides and cats stay as well. The hotel is located high on the mountain on the verge of the village of Popova Sapka at 1750m elevation. The lodgings are situated just next to the freeriding terrain, so you can have ski / ride-in comfort at the end of the day, for lunch, breaks or early home. Hotel Bora has a great restaurant, well stocked bar and a hang-out room. Most of the rooms are double and few rooms with 4 to 5.  The rooms may be simple, but a wonderful atmosphere in the hotel guarantees a great stay. Food and drink in Macedonia is top notch and provides a great culinary experience for all guests.  After skiing you can order a sport massage.

Two more hotels are available to Eskimo Freeride guests. One has internet access and an outside terrace. The other one is newly renovated and with higher standard of rooms (4 star). The down side of these hotels is the dislocation from the cat ski day's start up location.


 Hotel Bora is at 1750m..

 ..very cozy twin rooms...

 ..wine barrel hot tub for great vibe.

Dining Experience

Experience local Macedonian cuisine. Delicious food, part of a rich local tradition, that is fresh, tasty, hearty and different when compared to places most guests spend their ski holidays. Meat based or vegetarian meals are available. Some of the fabulous meals you try are below.

Vegetarian options: 
Gravce tavce - oven baked beans mixed with onion, peppers, tomato and oil in clay pottery;
Ajvar - local red paprika prepared in a bath of spices and oil;
Pindjur - mixture of local red paprika in perfect mix with aubergine;
Biberke - hot, or very hot local green papers matched with garlic;
Sirenje - white brine sheep cheese made on Shar mountain;
Sopska salata - salad of local tomatoes like you never tasted before mixed with cucumber and topped with "sirenje" white cheese, often served as oeuvre, with cabbage, lettuce and other vegetables.

Meat eaters shouldn't miss the:
Mixed meat "plata" is a 'must do' made of Chevapchichi, Pljeskavica with kajmak, (mixture of lamb and beef, grilled with onions) Raznjci and Vesalica. It is so good you'll not mind putting a few extra pounds during you're stay.
Selsko meso - clay dish, oven baked with 3 kinds of meat and mushroom, cheese and spices
Chorba - mix between soup and goulash, of course batter then either of them; 
Oven baked Lamb that actually runs around this mountain on 2000 m elevation; 
Turli tava - Turkish influenced meat, oven baked dish;
Sausage - hand made with cut chops of meat rather the minced - really nice!
Sarma - cabbage rolls of meat and rise stew; 
Polneti Piperki - stuffed capsicum filled with rice or rice with meat; 
Musaka - Since Macedonian food has a lot of Turkish influence you will find a lot of Burek - a pie made mostly with cheese, potato or meat. 

On special occasions a most amazing traditional meal can be organised that only a few locals still have the complex knowledge to prepare. "Jagnje vo dupka" was made by local fighters that rebelled against the Ottomans in the old days. It is a lamb cooked in a hole dug in the ground. A huge fire is made that needs to burn for around 5 hrs. Lamb is skinned and placed back again in it's skin, filled with different vegetables and completely layered in a special kind of clay. The lamb is placed in the ground and covered completely by soil and stones. It is in the ground for around 3 hours with the burned wood. When taken out, the clay has formed kind of a pottery around the lamb. If prepared well, the lamb is cooked without oxygen and when pottery is broken... well this part is left for a surprise! Believe it - this is art as food!


 Macedonian cuisine...

 ..delicious, interesting...

 ..and plentiful.

Massage
Sport massages are available at the hotel after a day of cat skiing.

Hot Tub and Sauna
A sensational wine barrel hot tub and sauna are available to all Eskimo Freeride guests. The hot tub and sauna are a perfect way to relax after a satisfying day on the mountain.

Typical 4 Day Package Itinerary

Day 1 - Arrival Day
From Skopje, travel to Popova Sapka and arrive at the Hotel Bora. Greeted by a local host. If you requested ski equipment, you will need to be fitted out. Opportunity to meet with your local mountain guide at the hotel bar and discuss the coming days of powder skiing. 


 Fresh lines on the Sharplanina.

 Steep terrain is available...

 Deep powder anyone?

Day 2 to 4 Powder Ski Days
Every morning, meet your guide at the hotel and depart for the days adventure directly from outside in your designated snowcat with your group of new friends! Your guide will choose the day's skiing based on the groups ability, snow & weather conditions, avalanche risk and of course........ the group's wishes!  Ski and ride up 4000m vertical each day.

Opportunity to return early if required. Each day ends with a ski back down to the hotel. At the hotel, get a massage or soak in the hot tub with a beer. Enjoy a fantastic dinner to finish the day.

Afternoon Day 4- Departure

After a day's riding, departure is in the afternoon of day 4, or stay another night and enjoy some more great Eskimo Freeride hospitality! Return transfer to Skopje can be arranged. Option to have Eskimo Freeride book an all inclusive package for a great final night in Skopje including accommodation, local host, a traditional meal and night life.

NOTE: This itinerary is a guide. The tour is dictated by the weather each day and your guide will fit around where the best conditions are. That’s the beauty of a guided tour!

Rates & Inclusions

Rates

High Season (Jan 20 to Mar 20)
4 Day  Package (3 ski days, 3 nights all incl.) - €750
8 Day Package (7 ski days, 7 nights all incl.) - €1750

Mid Season (Jan 1 -19 & Mar 21 -31)
4 Day  Package (3 ski days, 3 nights all incl.) - €675
8 Day Package (7 ski days, 7 nights all incl.) - €1575

Low Season (December & April)
4 Day  Package (3 ski days, 3 nights all incl.) - €600
8 Day Package (7 ski days, 7 nights all incl.) - €1400

Single days available - Price on application

Inclusions
  • 3 days guided cat skiing (4,000 vert.m./day)(4 day package)
  • 3 nights accommodation (twin-share)(4 day package)
  • All meals
  • Use of avalanche safety equipment (including airbag)
  • Use of wine barrel hot tub
Optional Extras
  • Fat ski & powder snowboard rental (price on application)
  • Massages (price on application).
  • Alcoholic beverages (bar prices)
  • Cat ski camping plus night riding & skiing (€100/day - Spring only)
  • Return transfer from Skopje (price dependent on group size - enquire)
  • Skopje nightlife tour (€60 for accom, dinner in traditional restaurant, nightlife & guide)
  • Extra Cat Ski Days - €250 /day all inclusive (high season - Jan 20 to Mar 20)
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Booking & Cancellation Policy

The operator will inform you of the current terms and conditions related to bookings and cancellations upon enquiry.