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GUIDED CAT SKIING PACKAGE
8 Days | 7 Nights | 6 Days Cat Skiing

Location: Europe | Tour Focus: Guided | Terrain Focus: Backcountry
Ability: Strong Intermediate to Expert
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Nord Freeride offers you the chance to be the first to experience cat-skiing in the Shar Mountains of Kosovo. In its first season, the week long packages will run from Sunday to Sunday and include 6 full days of cat skiing, all meals & drinks, transfers and accommodation. Get a group together and join a fixed date tour
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Fixed Date(s): Dec 18 - Dec 25, 2022
Days: 8
Price: USD 1,604
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Fixed Date(s): Dec 25 - Jan 01, 2023
Days: 8
Price: USD 1,604
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Fixed Date(s): Jan 01 - Jan 08, 2023
Days: 8
Price: USD 1,604
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Fixed Date(s): Jan 08 - Jan 15, 2023
Days: 8
Price: USD 1,604
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Fixed Date(s): Jan 15 - Jan 22, 2023
Days: 8
Price: USD 1,604
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Fixed Date(s): Jan 22 - Jan 29, 2023
Days: 8
Price: USD 1,604
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Fixed Date(s): Jan 29 - Feb 05, 2023
Days: 8
Price: USD 1,604
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Fixed Date(s): Feb 05 - Feb 12, 2023
Days: 8
Price: USD 1,604
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Fixed Date(s): Feb 12 - Feb 19, 2023
Days: 8
Price: USD 1,604
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Fixed Date(s): Feb 19 - Feb 26, 2023
Days: 8
Price: USD 1,604
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Fixed Date(s): Feb 26 - Mar 05, 2023
Days: 8
Price: USD 1,604
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Fixed Date(s): Mar 05 - Mar 12, 2023
Days: 8
Price: USD 1,604
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Fixed Date(s): Mar 12 - Mar 19, 2023
Days: 8
Price: USD 1,604
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Fixed Date(s): Mar 19 - Mar 26, 2023
Days: 8
Price: USD 1,604
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Fixed Date(s): Mar 26 - Apr 02, 2023
Days: 8
Price: USD 1,604
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Fixed Date(s): Apr 02 - Apr 09, 2023
Days: 8
Price: USD 1,604
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Fixed Date(s): Apr 09 - Apr 16, 2023
Days: 8
Price: USD 1,604
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Nord Freeride Cat Skiing Package

Overview

Nord Freeride is a brand-new cat skiing operation, running its first season for winter 22/23. With a newly renovated lodge and a mass of untouched terrain in the snow-sure, north-aspect slopes of the Shar Mountains in Kosovo, the experience will be the best combination of exploration, comfort & adventure. The cat ski terrain includes the highest mountain in Kosovo, the 2,660m Vilika (Grand) Rudoka. The Nord Lodge provides the accommodation & base in a ski-in location at 1,550m altitude. Catski days start directly from the lodge. The packages are or 8-days at a time, from Sunday to Sunday throughout winter and include return airport transfers from Pristina, 7-nights accommodation, full board (all meals and drink), 6 days cat skiing, safety gear and other activities. See a full program on the Itinerary page.

If you want bragging rights to be able to say that you cat-skied at Nord Freeride in its first ever season, make a Booking Enquiry ->

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Snow & Terrain

The ski & snowboard terrain at Nord Freeride looks as tasty as they come. Over seven mountain peaks in the Sharr Mountains, the region receives numerous major storms through winter, granting reliable coverage from mid-December to late April. The Sharr Mountains terrain is predominantly northerly aspect providing mostly excellent snow conditions, & ranges across a massive rolling plateau of peaks & valleys to the North Macedonia border from 2,660m elevation down to 1,550m. The cat-skiing terrain is gigantic and covers more than 150 square kilometres, with over 40+ named descends. Freeride skiing options are unlimited here, with every day bringing a new and untouched slope. From unlimited large open bowls to steep powder lines, most of the runs are allegedly 7km+ per ride, with a longest run of 11km. Maximum skiable vertical in one run is a 1,020 metres vertical descent all the way back to the lodge! Most runs are between 500 & 700m vertical. Each day has at least seven or more runs on a new and untouched slope (weather permitting of course!). Daily skiable vertical is between 4,000 to 5000m.

The high alpine is largely treeless, but some lower slopes, particularly near the lodge, have light trees, allowing Nord Freeride to operate in some poor visibility conditions. Close to the lodge, Nord’s Ride run provides 550m of skiable vertical in all but the absolute worst conditions. Whilst it is possible that conditions during your ski trip will disappoint you, on a backcountry cat ski trip you must accept the fact that the operator has no control over the weather. The Nord Freeride policy is to ski every day and make a big effort to have fun - even if the conditions are not terrific. An notion of “you win some, and you lose some” when it comes to weather is a realistic attitude to adopt on any ski trip!

Lodging & Dining

All cat ski packages include 7-nights accommodation at the Nord Lodge located at 1,550m altitude at the base of the skiing terrain not too far from the village of Restelicë. A compact, but comfortable private lodge, it has a restaurant and living space on the ground floor and 5 guest rooms on the top floor. Two of the larger rooms have 3 single beds, with the remaining three rooms being doubles. All rooms have an ensuite bathroom with shower. The restaurant will be the centre of the lodge's social activities. Transfers from/to Pristina airport & the lodge are included in the package. Cat skiing starts directly at the lodge, and some runs even finish there!

Full board with drinks is included in the tariff. All the food is organic (meet, dairy, fruits, vegetables etc) source from the surrounding mountain regions. One dinner will include to roasting of an entire lamb, and the last night will be spent dining in the best restaurant & bars of the nearby city of Prizren. Drinks with dinner at the lodge include great local wine and awesome local Balkan’s Rakia (strong alcohol!).

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Location

Nord Freeride is located in the far southwest of Kosovo close to the mountain town of Restelicë. The closest major airport in the Kosovan capital of Pristina. The Pristina (PRN) International Airport is around 120km from the lodge, or about 1½ to 2hr drive. Cat ski packages with Nord Freeride include return transfers from the airport to the lodge. For more information on the location see the Nord Freeride Location page.

Groups & Ski Ability

Cat ski packages will run every week and require a minimum of seven guests, in private or mixed groups. A maximum of 12 guests can be catered for in the lodge. The terrain is all untracked backcountry off-piste so strong intermediates & above can enjoy the variety of options. Experience in variable snow off-piste snow conditions, including deep powder is essential to enjoy a trip to Nord Freeride. If you are not confident that your skiing & snowboarding ability or your fitness is at the required level, please let them know in advance before booking your trip. If you are unable to keep up with your snowcat group, your guide may ask that you sit out for one or multiple runs. A snowcat can only move as fast as the slowest participant in the group. While the booking team always attempts to put skiers of like ability together when booking participants into a mixed snowcat, the only way to guarantee the speed and ability of your group is to book the entire snowcat with like-minded friends

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Typical 8-Day Package Itinerary

Day 1 Sunday: Arrival & Transfer to Nord Freeride Mountain Lodge

After your arrival at Prishtina International Airport “Adem Jashari” (PRN), you will be greeted by the Nord Freeride driver and be transferred to the mountain lodge at 1,550m. Transfer will be 1½ to 2hr ride. Get settled into the lodge. Meet your guide and spend some time talking about safety plus familiarize yourself with your avalanche transceiver. Dinner is served at around 6pm. Each meal includes organic local food (meet, dairy, fruits, vegetables etc), and dinners include great local wine and awesome Balkan’s Rakia (strong alcohol).

Day 2 Monday: Catski Day

Breakfast at 8am. Day of cat skiing & snowboarding Sector 1, Grand Rudoka, from 9am to 3.30 pm. Each day has runs from 7 to 11km in length including wide open bowls and steep terrain with a maximum vertical drop in one run of 1,020m directly back to the lodge. 4pm Lunch Served. 7pm Dinner served.

Day 3 Tuesday: Catski Day

Breakfast at 8am. Day of cat skiing & snowboarding in Sector 2, East Rudoka, from 9am to 3.30 pm. 4pm Lunch Served. 7pm Dinner served.

Day 4 Wednesday: Catski Day (& Lamb Day!)

Breakfast at 8am. Day of cat skiing & snowboarding in Sector 3, Black Rock, from 9am to 3.30 pm. At 4pm, we will be cooking all together a whole local lamb with an 'old school' grill in the Lodge’s garden. The lamb will be a local, mountain bred & raised & all organic. It will be a very delicious one indeed!

Day 5 Thursday: Catski day

Breakfast at 8am. Day of cat skiing & snowboarding in Sector 4, Nord’s Ride, from 9am to 3.30 pm. 4pm Lunch served. 7pm Dinner served.

Day 6 Friday: Catski Day

Breakfast at 8am. Day of skiing & snowboarding in Sector 5, Radika, from 9am to 3.30 pm local time. 4pm Lunch served. 7pm Dinner served.

Day 7 Saturday: Catski Day & Night Out in Prizren City

Breakfast at 8am. Day of skiing & snowboarding in Sector 6, Bear’s Hole, usually from 9am to 3 30 pm. 4pm Lunch served. At 6pm, head for a night out to Prizren city to dinner in one of the best local restaurants, plus some great bars.

Day 8 Sunday: Last Day & Farewell

Breakfast at 8am. The driver will pick you up in the morning and transfer you back to the Pristina International Airport .

NOTE: This itinerary is a guide. The days will be dictated by weather & snow conditions

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Rates & Inclusions

Rates

8-Day Package (7 nights, 6 cat ski days): From €1650

Inclusions
  • CAT SKIING: 6 full days of guided cat skiing
  • ACCOMMODATION: 7 nights accommodation at Nord Lodge
  • MEALS: Full board - breakfast, lunch, dinner, snacks, drinks
  • TRANSPORT: All ground transport during the tour, incl return airport transfers Prishtina <--> Nord Freeride Lodge
  • AVALANCHE SAFETY GEAR: Including airbag backpack
  • BRAGGING RIGHTS: That you participated in the first ever cat skiing season at Nord Freeride
  • SMALL GROUP: 7 to 12 guests
  • OTHER: Sightseeing & restaurant nights in nearby town of Prizren
Add-ons
  • EXTRA DAYS: Price on request
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General Terms & Conditions

As per agreed terms & conditions with the tour operator, Nord Freeride, at the time of booking, and including, but not limited to, any T&Cs listed below. Any contractual arrangements as a result of a booking enquiry are directly with the tour operator and is subject to their terms and conditions.

Specific Terms and Conditions

Reservation & Payment

Most activities require pre-booking, and some activities require a minimum number of guests to run. Minimum of 7 riders per one Snowcat are needed per week in order for Nord Freeride to start operating, therefore we initially book accordingly through our booking system before we move on to the reservation stage.

To confirm your reservation, a 25% non‐refundable deposit is required on booking. To fully reserve your space, the final payment of the remaining 75% is required 60 days prior to commencement of your package. If booking less than 60 days prior to start of the ski package, full payment is due to confirm and secure the space. There is also a possibility to fully book the reservation by paying the full amount with one bank transfer, the full amount for 8 days package as described on the website.

For full group bookings, we will accept either a group deposit & final payment, or an individual deposit and final payment from each group member. All our rates are quoted in Euro and include all applicable levies and taxes. Payments are made by bank transfer, only payable to: Beneficiary ’Nord Freeride’.

Anyone with food concerns or a medical condition we should be made aware of, should let us know prior to their arrival.

Cancellation Policy

By booking and paying for your trip, you are accepting cancellation terms and policies as set out below:
All cancellations must be made by email, and it is affective only when this email is received at Nord Freeride office and when our office will have confirmed the email.
If you cancel your reservation and we are able to sell your spot to another person at full price then payment will be refunded to the guest once the seat has been filled and payment has been received.
If you are unable to come at the last minute due to injury, travel complications, inability to enter the country, etc... there will be no refunds or ski credits given.
If cancelations are made 60 days prior (or less) to the start date of the package then there would be no refunds of the package.

Cancellation from Nord Freeride

If a tour is cancelled prior to the start (full 8 days package) from Nord Freeride due to extreme weather conditions, lack of snow, mechanical or safety reasons, we will issue a credit forward towards your tour in the following weeks or in the following year equal to 100% of the value of payments received. The guests reserves the right to ask for a full refund back upon this case, in this case Nord Freeride will issue a full refund.

If a tour is partially cancelled after the start of the tour, due to the Snowcat mechanical failure, we will issue a prorated credit equal to the cancelled days, however there would be no refund for the accommodation part (Lodge, food).

The daily refund to the guest’s for the Snowcat failure part would be 150 Eur.

There would be no refunds after the tour has started if there might be high level of fog, however in such occurrence we will try to Catski close to our lodge (4. Nord’s Ride 1550m to 2100m) or even find some spots close by to jump etc.

Please keep in mind that although the Sharr mountains are an excellent location, especially at Nord Freeride 90%+ runs are faced north side, for over 90% of the time we have good or excellent powder snow conditions, it is possible that conditions during your ski trip will disappoint you. Please accept the fact that we have no control over the weather and will not give refunds due to poor conditions. Unlike day operations, our policy is to ski every day and make a big effort to have fun – even if the conditions are not terrific. Guests must accept that “you win some, and you lose some” when it comes to weather.

Trip Insurance

We recommend purchasing trip insurance for guest-initiated trip cancellations or delays, and for sickness or injury. You will not receive a refund from Nord Freeride if you do not attend or complete your trip for these reasons. Guests should also carry adequate medical insurance to cover unforeseen costs in the event of injury.

Required Level of Skill

Guests should have a good fitness level and an intermediate or advanced ability to powder ski or board. If you are not confident that your skiing & snowboarding ability or your fitness is at the required level, please let us know in advance before booking your trip. If you are unable to keep up with your snowcat group, your guide may ask that you sit out for one or multiple runs.

Guests will not be reimbursed for any missed time that arises due to a lack of basic fitness or powder skiing ability.

A snowcat can only move as fast as the slowest participant in the group. While our booking team always attempts to put skiers of like ability together when booking participants into a mixed snowcat, the only way to guarantee the speed and ability of your group is to book the entire snowcat with like minded friends.

Lodge (Accommodation) & Safety

Nord Freeride Lodge is a small 2 floor private lodge with a huge garden, please refer to a first pic of our website. First floor is our Restaurant and on the second floor there are a total of 5 rooms which each private bathrooms with shower. Two of the rooms are much bigger and can take 3 guests (3 private beds) and the rest of the 3 rooms are lodge rooms with double private beds.

On the the first day of your trip the guide will spend some time with talking about safety. It will also be an opportunity to familiarize yourself with your transceiver.

Avalanche Air Bag Guest Packs & Radios

Each guest at Nord Freeride will be provided with an Air Bag and a transceiver.

Liability

All guests must read, understand, and sign the Nord Freeride Catskiing participant waiver (sent over by email) together with a final booking, note that you cannot participate on our tour without Waiver signature.

Nord Freeride reserves the right to require a guest to sit out from skiing/snowboarding for one or multiple runs if they deem that the guest’s ability or fitness does not meet the basic required level and/or poses a safety risk to themselves or the snowcat group.

Nord Freeride reserves the right to terminate a guest’s stay without refund should the behaviour of a guest compromise the general safety of staff or other lodge guests, and/or constitute sexual harassment of a staff member or lodge guest.

Waiver (A must sign Document)

Prior to your trip you will be asked to accept these risks in writing by signing the “Release of Liability, Waiver of Claims, Assumption of Risks and Indemnity Agreement“. A properly and fully completed waiver is required from each guest prior to your trip.