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  • Pelister Ski Trail Map
  • Vertical (m)
    1,400m – 1,800m (400m)
  • Average Snow Fall
  • Lifts (2)
    1 Chair
  • Opening Dates & Times
    December to March
    9:00am to 4:30pm
  • Terrain Summary
    Runs - 2km
    Longest run – 1+ km
    Advanced - 50%
    Intermediate - 50%
    Beginner - 0%
  • Lift Pass Prices (Day Ticket 19/20)
    Unknown (but very cheap!)

Pelister Ski Resort North Macedonia

Pelister ski resort is a small skiing centre within the forested Pelister National Park of North Macedonia. Also known as Ski Centar Kopanki, Pelister is in the south of the country near the city of Bitola. Whilst the resort skiing at Pelister-Kopanki can be good for a leg warmer on its 400m of skiable vertical, the main reason to visit the area is for the cat skiing tours run on nearby Baba Mountain.

Pelister Skiing & Snowboarding Terrain

As with most of the ski centres in North Macedonia (& throughout the former Yugoslavia), Pelister’s ski lifts are an ancient selection currently consisting of a double chair & T-bar surface lift. From the base area at 1400m, the two lifts carry skiers to near the top of the tree line at 1800m. from their it is possible to skin or boot another 800m vertical to the top of Pelister Mountain at 2601m elevation. The alpine skiing can be excellent above the tree line.

See the Pelister ski trail map here.

Where is Pelister, North Macedonia?

The Pelister-Kopanki ski resort is 15km (30min) by road west of the North Macedonian city of Bitola and 188km (2.5hr) by road south of the capital Skopje. The nearest village is Magarevo.

The main gateway airports is the grandiose titled Skopje Alexander the Great International Airport (SKP), 170km away to the north. Alternatively, the Thessaloniki Airport (SKG) in Greece may appeal to some travellers. The distance by road to Pelister from Thessaloniki (also known as Thessalonica) is 260km & over 3hr travel.

Search & book a great deal on a flight to Skopje of Thessaloniki here.

Due to the difficult nature of public transport to the Pelister, for reasons of value & efficiency, we recommend looking at a private transfer. We recommend organising transfers by the local tour & hotel providers, or you can try to search & book all airport transfers to Pelister here.

Pelister Accommodation

A visit to Pelister is made easier by the availability of some fantastic local accommodation. If looking to ski with the SF Freeride cat skiing operation, the best accommodation is at Hotel Sumski Feneri as it is run by the same crew! The hospitality, food & facilities at Hotel Sumski Feneri is second to none

Further up the hill toward the skiing, the small village of Magarevo has the excellent Green Apartments - particularly good for those with their own transport. At the base of the chairlift at the ski resort, Hotel Molika provides ski-in ski-out lodgings.

The nearby city of Bitola has numerous accommodation options. Whilst it can be of interest to visit as a day trip, Bitola is not recommended as an overnight location.

Search & book all Pelister ski accommodation here.

Ski & Snowboard Rentals

Ski rentals are available at Pelister; however, we recommend bringing all of your own ski & snowboard equipment.


The Powderhounds reviewed Pelister during season 2018/19. More information is coming soon. Stay tuned for our new photos & insights.

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Tours in or near Pelister

Safari (Road Trip) Tours

Balkans Cat Ski Safari
7 Days | 6 Nights | 6 Days Cat Skiing
Ability: Strong Intermediate to Expert
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.
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 1,679
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Cat Skiing Tours

SF Freeride Cat Skiing Packages
2 Days | 2 Nights | 2 Days Cat Skiing
Ability: Intermediate to Expert
SF Freeride offers fully inclusive cat ski packages in North Macedonia with guided cat skiing & snowboarding powder, accommodation & all meals. Choose your own dates & fully customise your cat-ski tour. Add extra days, nights & transfers!
Price p/p From price based on 2-day package in a group of 8 people which includes 2 days cat skiing & 2 nights lodging & all meals
Base/invoice currency is in EUR inc taxes.
*Displayed price may vary due to currency fluctuations.
USD 403
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