Popova Sapka Ski Resort

Popova Sapka ski resort in Macedonia.
Popova Sapka powder (Eskimo Freeride).
Ski village at Popova Sapka.
Ski Popova Sapka.
Apres ski - Popova Sapka style.
Popova Sapka culinary experience.
Traditonal Popova Sapka lodgings.
Eskimo Freeride cat skiing is based out of Popova Sapka ski resort.
Hotel Bora at Popova Sapka ski resort (Eskimo Freeride).
Ski and snowboard Popova Sapka.

Popova Sapka Ski Resort

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  • Vertical (m)
    1690m – 2525m (835m)
  • Average Snow Fall
  • Lifts (8)
    2 Chairlifts
  • Ski Hours
    Mid Dec to Mid April
    9:00am - 3:00pm
  • Terrain Summary
    Runs – 20km
    Longest run – 5km
    Advanced - 35%
    Intermediate - 35%
    Beginner - 30%
  • Lift Prices (Day Ticket 17/18)
    Adult - €15
    Child - €7

Popova Sapka Ski Resort, Macedonia

Macedonia's premier ski resort, Popova Sapka (English translation - Priest's Hat!!) is located west of the capital, Skopje. Set amongst Macedonia's highest peaks in the Shar (Šar) mountains, Popova Shapka (Popova Šapka, Popova Shapka) is home to the superb Eskimo Freeride cat skiing operation.

A visit to Popova Sapka is a cultural and culinary experience vastly different to other European ski holidays.

Popova Sapka Skiing & Snowboarding Terrain

Popova Shapka ski resort will appeal to powder hounds looking for a sense of adventure and something completely different. The ski slopes are all set above the treeline on high alpine meadow terrain requiring very little snow base to become skiable. See the simple Popova Sapka terrain map here.

The on-piste terrain in the resort is limited to about 20km of prepared trails but has a very respectable 835m of skiable vertical. Ski lifts include a couple of double chairs & surface lifts. Plans are gathering dust to put in a new six-seater chairlift. The off piste has loads of opportunity & very little competition, unless the cat ski clients have a down day!

The real business at Popova Shapka is the expansive backcountry ski terrain. Access is via the lifts in the resort and then either human powdered or snowcat powdered! Terrain is varied and can include easy alpine bowls, steep chutes, tree skiing and everything in between. Several peaks can be climbed & skied including the area's tallest, Titov Vrv (2747m).

Cat Skiing Popova Sapka

To truly experience the area, the main reason to ski Popova Sapka is Eskimo Freeride cat skiing.

Snow & Weather

The Shar Mountains have historically received a very high annual snowfall of around 10 - 12m.  A reasonably settled snow base is on the ground by December. The months of January, February and March provide the best conditions, with the coldest month being February and the most snow falling in March. Quality snow can still be accessible into May.

Where is Popova Sapka, Macedonia?

Popova Sapka is in the north west of Macedonia (or FYROM - former Yugoslavia Republic of Macedonia) 21km by road west of Tetovo & 70km west of the Skopje.

Travel from Skopje to Popova Sapka can be achieved by taxi, bus or train via Tetovo. Buses from Skopje are regular and take an hour to Tetovo for the cost of around €2. Train travel from Skopje to Tetovo is possible once a day for around euro;3. From Tetovo, a taxi ride is necessary to Popova Sapka and will cost about €10. Using a taxi for the entire journey from Skopje is the most efficient mode of travel and will cost in the realms of €25.

Flights into Skopje Alexander the Great Airport

The Skopje Alexander the Great airport is a modern facility 23km by road east of Skopje in Macedonia. During winter, flight destinations include all major cities in western Europe, England and Scandinavia plus Dubai and Doha in the Middle East and Istanbul, Turkey.

Daily flights to Skopje from any one origin city are limited. Daily flights exist from Vienna, Austria and offer the most convenience if travelling to Macedonia whilst already in Europe. Other useful airports include Zurich, Doha and Dubai if travelling from other international origins. See flight map here for Skopje origins and destinations.

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Bus and taxi transport from the airport into Skopje is excellent. Vardar Ekspres runs regular bus services direct to the centre of Skopje for a princely sum equivalent to less than €3. Taxi services from the airport are provided by the Airport taxi company and are heavily regulated with fixed prices to most destinations to avoid any issues for passengers. A taxi journey to Skopje will cost around €20.

The Skopje airport is well served by 14 car rental and hire companies. Vehicles should be checked to ensure they are set up for winter driving (i.e. 4WD/AWD, snow tyres, chains).

Popova Sapka Hotels & Accommodation

Popova Shapka is blessed with several ski in ski out hotels nestled around the lift base and up on the mountain proper. Search & book Popova accommodation here.


The Powderhounds will review Popova Sapka in 2019. More information is coming soon. Stay tuned for our new photos & insights.

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Tours in or near Popova Sapka

Cat Skiing Tours

Eskimo Freeride Cat Skiing 4 to 8 Day Packages
4 to 8 Days | 3 to 7 Nights | 3 to 7 Days Cat Skiing
Ability: Intermediate to Expert
Eskimo Freeride offers 4 to 8 day cat ski packages with 3 to 7 full days of cat skiing and snowboarding powder inclusive of accommodation and all meals. Choose your own dates & fully customise your cat-ski tour. All packages are family friendly!
Price p/p From price based on 4-day package which includes 3 days cat skiing & 3 nights lodging in high season (Jan 20 to Mar 20)
Base/invoice currency is in EUR inc taxes.
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USD 855
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