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Eskimo Freeride Cat Skiing Packages

Eskimo Freeride Cat Skiing Packages4.5/512
Eskimo Freeride Cat Skiing Packages4.5 out of 5 based on 12 reviews
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Eskimo Freeride Cat Skiing Packages - Reviews

Eskimo Freeride Cat Skiing Packages - Reviews

Fun and hard work!

Peter Müller
10/03/2020
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  • Would Revisit
  • Rider Type
    Skier
  • Rider Age
    51-65
  • Rider Ability
    Strong Intermediate
  • Country
    Danmark
  • Admin Rating
    2

Fun and hard work!

Peter Müller
10/03/2020
Second time with Eskimo Freeride in Macedonia. This time with a group of the age of 50+. Even when your are alone on the ski, it's important to be with people you can connect to and who has fairly same skiing abilities. It gives better time in the white and when sitting in the cats.

Many improvements such as the cats has been equipped with fur on the seats. 

Amazing

04/03/2020

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  • Would Revisit
  • Rider Type
    Skier
  • Rider Age
    36-50
  • Rider Ability
    Strong Intermediate
  • Country
    Norway
  • Admin Rating
    2

Amazing

04/03/2020
This was fantastic. When arriving to Popova Sapka it was disappointing that there was not so much snow, but guides now exactly where to take us to have fun and where is a lot of snow. Having lunch outside or in shepherds huts was nice element to this . And food at hotel that was so tasty. This holiday surpassed my expectations.

Unique skiing experience

Dag Norén
17/02/2020
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  • Would Revisit
  • Rider Type
    Skier
  • Rider Age
    51-65
  • Rider Ability
    Expert
  • Country
    Sweden
  • Admin Rating
    2

Unique skiing experience

Dag Norén
17/02/2020
Fantastic and unique skiing experience in a very special environment. The friendly Eskimo team is very professional and service minded, good on logistics and with a sincere focus on safety on the mountain. A good stay at the hotel with a luxury spa. Being so far down in the south of Europe there is a risk for the snow conditions.

Coming Back Every Year

Jakub
14/01/2020
  • Recommend
  • Would Revisit
  • Rider Type
    Skier
  • Rider Age
    18-35
  • Rider Ability
    Strong Intermediate
  • Country
    Czech
  • Admin Rating
    2

Coming Back Every Year

Jakub
14/01/2020
I love Eskimo Freeride because of perfect mountain Sharplanina with very good terrain for freeride. Also accommodation and evenings are very good, because of special food, nice places, special atmosphere. We are coming back every year, which is the best review what I can give! :) Sometimes it a little bit tricky with wheater / snow conditions, but it is almost in any freeride destination. We also like staff of Eskimo. Generally also very good "value for money"

Lemonade out of Lemons

Savvas
12/01/2020
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  • Would Revisit
  • Rider Type
    Snowboarder
  • Rider Age
    51-65
  • Rider Ability
    Advanced
  • Country
    USA
  • Admin Rating
    4

Lemonade out of Lemons

Savvas
12/01/2020
We got there Jan 1, 2020. It was pre-season so there was not much snow; the ski resort was even closed. Eskimo Freeride crew was able to take us to nearby mountains that had enough powder to have a blast! My wife, 13-year old son and I had a wonderful time along in powder. Tom (the owner), his family and Filip - the guide - were amazing in making us feel like at home and enjoy our time there. The food at the hotel was delicious. We will definitely go back!

Amazing

Jan D
02/12/2019
  • Recommend
  • Would Revisit
  • Rider Type
    Mixed Group
  • Rider Age
    12-17
  • Rider Ability
    Expert
  • Country
    Croatia
  • Admin Rating
    1

Amazing

Jan D
02/12/2019
It was an amazing experience. Unfortunately we were there in April so there wasn’t much powder but it was still great.

Wonderfull vacation

PATRIK POLIMAC
21/11/2019
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  • Would Revisit
  • Rider Type
    Snowboarder
  • Rider Age
    36-50
  • Rider Ability
    Strong Intermediate
  • Country
    Croatia
  • Admin Rating
    1

Wonderfull vacation

PATRIK POLIMAC
21/11/2019
I spent a few days with my sons on that beautiful mountain.Rideing the best freeride powder snow ever!!!
With guides I felt good and safe. We enjoyed the food very much.
And we are comming back for sure :) :) :) :)

Cat Skiing Macedonia

Stéph
18/11/2019
  • Recommend
  • Would Revisit
  • Rider Type
    Mixed Group
  • Rider Age
    18-35
  • Rider Ability
    Advanced
  • Country
    Switzerland
  • Admin Rating
    2

Cat Skiing Macedonia

Stéph
18/11/2019
A perfect welcome, a well-run organization, guides who know how to take care of your security and a lodging largely up to the rate. We have been coming for 4 years and have always been satisfied with the service offered by Eskimo Freeride. If you want to live an authentic moment in mountains which are still little exploited this is where you have to go.

Great terrain, but eyes wide open .......

03/07/2019

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  • Recommend
  • Would Revisit
  • Rider Type
    Skier
  • Rider Age
    36-50
  • Rider Ability
    Expert
  • Country
    The Globe
  • Admin Rating
    5

Great terrain, but eyes wide open .......

03/07/2019

We visited Popova Shapka & Eskimo Freeride in January 2019. It proved the old skiing adage that everywhere can be awesome ...... or bad on its day. From the start of the week to the finish, the snow went from incredible powder to incredibly challenging! 

The terrain that Eskimo utilises is excellent & requires very little snow to have a whole lot of fun on & can be ridden even in the poorest weather. The snowcats are not the world's best, but they are reliable & there are enough of them to cover any (inevitable) breakdowns. Safety briefing & equipment provided was very good. Food in Macedonia is excellent & the meals at Eskimo matched or exceeded expectations. Drinks are very cheap. The food/cultural experience alone is absolutely worth the journey to North Macedonia.

We experienced a marked difference in snow quality from the start of our trip to the end. From gorgeous dry powder to wind scoured packed powder, breakable crust, ice & crud. If the snow is poor (it happens everywhere - we have had rain in Hokkaido & Utah mid-winter!) there is not a lot to do in the "resort".

The hotel is basic & whilst the food, drink & hospitality is all great, the facilities are like much of the Popova Shapka resort - in decline! Accommodation was adequate, but below the expectations of many 'western' guests. The Hotel Arena Tetaks appears somewhat dilapidated (like the rest of the resort) but we found our twin bed room to be clean & fine (even without any curtains on the window!!) & the dining very good. Breakfast is excellent & sets one up well for the day. A wide-ranging buffet with eggs, coffee & tea made to order. The Turkish coffee was delicious. There is not alot to do after-hours in the resort, but that can be said for a lot of places. The hotel generally has large group of like-minded guests to mingle with but beyond that only a few bars/restaurants at night. (Powderhounds note: since our visit the hotel has undergone a major refurbishment in the summer of 2019, vastly improving the facilities & look so we expect the lodging score would improve considerably)

We found the ski guides to be professional but not overly communicative. Not a problem for some, but a problem for others. The safety briefing & equipment was as good as anywhere, but we found the guides to be not very enthusiastic when out skiing. Despite this they did their best given the prevailing snow conditions. Let’s face it. When everything is dreamy powder, guiding is easy. When the snow turns ugly, it becomes challenging for everyone. We would have liked some more attempts by the guides to motivate the group but c'est la vie...... maybe we have set our expectations too high?

The roaming packs of dogs within the Popova Shapka village certainly add an edge to the experience! We have experienced such in many places across the globe, but if you don't expect it then it can come as surprise. Forewarned is forearmed. The Eskimo Freeride management have no control over the wild dog situation - it is a local village issue that only a handful of tourist operators (& most tourists!) see as an issue!

Eskimo are developing some mountain huts to improve the on-mountain experience. They should add a nice element to the skiing. As do the mountain dogs, sheep & horses stabled there.

Transfers are not included in the basic price but for the sake of simplicity, we recommend getting them (via Eskimo) for a direct transfer from Skopje to the hotel.

The overall cultural experience is awesome but can be challenging for some (it is not a family friendly ski destination by western standards). The skiing & snowboarding is as good as anywhere on its day. Follow the forecast & reap the rewards.

Despite the challenges, we are going back for more. It is a place that kinda gets a hook in.........

So much fun!

Louise
31/03/2018
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  • Would Revisit
  • Rider Type
    Skier
  • Rider Age
    36-50
  • Rider Ability
    Strong Intermediate
  • Country
    UK
  • Admin Rating
    2

So much fun!

Louise
31/03/2018
We had the BEST time in Macedonia with Eskimo - fresh tracks on 8 out of 8 days, the guides were brilliant and always knew the best places to take us to find fresh snow, and safety was always a top priority. We didn't stop smiling from start to finish!
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