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BALKANS CAT SKI SAFARI
7 Days | 6 Nights | 6 Cat Skiing Days

Location: Europe | Tour Focus: Guided | Terrain Focus: Off-Piste, Backcountry, Sidecountry
Ability: Strong Intermediate to Expert
Price p/p From price based on 7-day package in a group of 4 people which includes 6 days cat skiing at 2 or 3 different locations, 6 nights lodging, all meals & ground transportation
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USD 1,664
Discover the Balkans with this fully hosted & guided cat skiing safari taking in 3 different snowcat operations in North Macedonia & Kosovo. Choose your own dates & fully customise your cat-ski safari. A typical 7 day road-trip includes 6 days guided catskiing, all ground transport, accom, meals plus a full time host.
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Balkans Cat Ski Safari Package

Overview

The Balkans Cat Ski Safari is one of Europe’s newest snow adventures. Combining awesome cat-skiing with the classic road trip, the all-inclusive Balkans cat ski safari takes in three snowcat operations; two in North Macedonia & one in Kosovo. The safari is fully hosted from start to finish by a wonderful local team that will ensure a great time for all. The region is known for its magnificent food & hospitality which is the perfect accompaniment to the powder-laden mountain freeride experience.

After flying into the North Macedonian capital of Skopje (see how to get to Skopje here), you will head north to Kosovo & the Brezovica ski resort for 2 days with Dane Freeride. From there it is south to Bogovinje in the eastern part of North Macedonia, where you will ride in Shar Outdoors own cat skiing backyard, based in newly refurbished mountain huts. For the finale, journey further south to the border with Greece at Pelister National Park, where the spirited crew from SF Freeride will show you their magnificent alpine playground (& perhaps a few rakija shots as well!).

All guiding, accommodation, meals, ground transport & airport transfers are included in the Balkans cat ski safari, allowing the group to simply switch off &enjoy the ride through this intriguing part of the world. For many, the trip will be a unique voyage of discovery into places that most skiers & snowboarders will never have dreamed of.

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Snow & Terrain

The 3 cat ski operations on the safari are located in the snowiest parts of the Balkans. Terrain is generally between 1800m & 2600m, guaranteeing snow cover. As with mountains everywhere, the wind can play a massive part in the prevailing snow conditions, but all the ski locations have options to make the most of the conditions.

The terrain is predominantly north aspected at Brezovica & Pelister, with multiple aspects (but predominantly east facing) at Bogovinje. Whilst the skiable vertical at each location can be as much as 1600m on a valley descent in Brezovica, each run is generally 4-600m vertical. At above 1800m, the terrain is predominantly high alpine peaks, ridges, chutes, meadows & bowls. At Pelister & Brezovica, the high alpine gives way to light & then heavy trees, allowing for fun skiing & riding even in poor visibility.

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Snowcats

Each of the cat ski operations visited on the Balkans Cat-ski Safari has at least 2 modern & comfortable snowcats capable of seating 14 people. One snowcat is held in reserve to cover any unforeseen issues (cat-skiing is tough on these machines!). Most (but not all) snowcats have safe side entry doors & side mounted ski storage.

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Typical 7-Day Balkans Cat Ski Safari Package Itinerary

A typical itinerary for a classic Balkans cat ski safari taking in 3 different locations is below. Extra cat ski days, longer stays at locations, travel days & sightseeing can all be added depending on the wishes of the group (plus the snow & weather conditions). Every cat ski day will include around 6hr of ski time ( not including lunch).

Day 1 Arrival Day (late afternoon or evening)

Arrive Skopje airport, welcome to the Balkans, travel to Sumski Feneri Hotel. If you have arranged a transfer, your driver will be waiting for you and arrive at the hotel. Greeted by a local host. Dinner will be available depending on arrival time. Opportunity to meet with your local mountain guide in the hotel restaurant and discuss the coming days of freeriding.

Days 2 & 3 – Brezovica (Kosovo) Ski & Snowboard Days

Your ski days in Kosovo are in & around the Brezovica ski resort with Dane Freeride. Lunch at David's Bar Restaurant which doubles as the cat ski operation headquarters. If staying in the mountain hut accommodation, David’s will also be where wonderful breakfasts & dinners are eaten. If staying off the hill at the Pine Hotel, a 15min drive is required in the morning.

Ride high alpine bowls, chutes & ridges, plus light tree & gullies lower down & even steep heavy trees if conditions allow & skiers are keen. The last run of the first ski day will be a 1600m vertical valley descent from the upper mountain into the village of Štrpce. Après ski at a local village bar before transferring by car back up to the mountain or hotel for the evening

Late Afternoon Day 3 – Brezovica to Bogovinje

Travel from Brezovica Kosovo to Bogovinje. Stay overnight in a hotel or transfer by snowcat to the mountain hut.

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Days 4 & 5 - Bogovinje Ski & Snowboard Days

Cat skiing in Bogovinje provides the ski safari's most remote mountain experience. After a transfer by snowcat the two mountain huts will be home for your short (too short?) stay. Ski direct from the door & then board the cat on a sensational exploration of the vast alpine terrain. Lunches will be ‘in the field’ with delicious freshly prepared picnic ingredients & sweets to fulfill your needs in between riding awesome alpine bowls, ridges & chutes. Ski directly back to the mountain huts at the end of the day.

Late Afternoon Day 5 – Bogovinje to Pelister

Travel from Bogovinje to Pelister. Stay overnight in the Sumski Feneri Hotel.

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Days 6 & 7 - Pelister Ski & Snowboard Days

Based around Mt Pelister (also known as the Baba Mountain), SF Freeride are your hosts for the next two days. The hotel accommodation & food are sensational & the team is super friendly & enthusiastic. Lunches during the cat ski days are in the Shiroka mountain hut & are amongst the best in North Macedonia. At just over 2600m, the peak is accessible by cat & if conditions allow, a wonderful array of steep chutes can be ridden, otherwise it is open bowls & light to heavy glades – perfect if visibility is an issue. For a final run there is an option to ride a long extreme descent off the southern side of Pelister & then get picked up by a van for return to the hotel.

Late Afternoon Day 7 – Pelister to Skopje

After an epic days riding, you get the chance to clean up at the hotel, then get transferred to Skopje. If your plane is leaving in the evening the drop off will be at the airport, otherwise you will be taken direct to your hotel (not included in tour). The tour operator can arrange a hotel & provide recommendations for restaurants & sight-seeing in Skopje.

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NOTE: This itinerary is a guide. The tour is dictated by the weather each day and the wishes of your group. Your host & guide will seek the best conditions snow conditions whenever possible. That’s the beauty of a guided tour!

Balkans Cat Ski Safari Lodging & Dining

Accommodation

All packages include accommodation in a variety of locations in Kosovo & North Macedonia. In Kosovo, choose from simple mountain hut style lodging with shared facilities in the Brezovica ski resort or the 4-star Pine Hotel, a 15min drive away. In Bogovinje, the newly refurbished mountain huts are in two separate buildings. The accommodation is a new hut with quad-share bunkrooms & a kitchen/dining/common area located in a separate building. At Pelister you will stay in the superb Sumski Feneri Hotel owned & operated by the same management as SF Freeride Cat Skiing. Rooms are large, comfortable & modern. The restaurant & bar is wonderful & the centre of the hotel's lively social activities. Depending on the group & weather conditions, a night may be spent in the Shiroka Mountain Lodge conveniently located amongst the ski terrain, allowing for an early start in the morning. A night in contemporary Skopje may also be an option.

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Food & Drink

Experience a sensational array 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. Breakfast is buffet style & full of diversity to satisfy all tastes. Lunch is either a mountain top extravaganza at 1950m elevation in the rustic & comfortable Shiroka Hut at Pelister, a picnic on a high alpine summit or ridge at Bogovinje, or a feast spread across the table next to the open fireplace at David’s Bar & Restaurant in Brezovica. Dinner is a moving feast of the best local cuisine - meat based & vegetarian meals are available. After, during or before dinner, try a few good local rakija shots - it will definitely get the heart started - at least for a little while. One thing that will NOT happen on the Balkans Cat Ski Safari is going hungry!

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Rates & Inclusions

Rates

7 Day Package (6 cat ski days at 2 or 3 locations, all meals, accom & ground transport) - €1499

5 Day Package (4 cat ski days at Bogovinje & Pelister, all meals, accom & ground transport) - €949

5 Day Package (4 cat ski days at Bogovinje & Brezovica, all meals, accom & ground transport) - €989

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Inclusions
  • 6 days fully guided cat skiing (7-day package)
  • 6 nights accommodation (twin-share &/or quad share)
  • All meals - breakfast, lunch, dinner & snacks
  • All ground transport during tour
  • Local host for the duration of the safari
Add-ons
  • Avalanche safety equipment rental incl. backpack - Price on Application
  • Extra Cat Ski Days (al inclusive) - Price on Application
  • Single room - Price on Application (subject to availability)
  • Skopje accommodation before &/or after the tour - Price on Application
  • Ski or Snowboard rentals (b.y.o. boots) - Price on Application
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