Additional information

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Additional information 

The terrain / off piste

From wide open faces to narrow couloirs and natural pipes, the nature of the terrain gives maximum pleasure to both medium and high experience riders. On a day with good visibility, there are no restrictions. Basically, you can ride everywhere where the ski guides will find good snow. You can do long lines from top to bottom ranging from 500 to 850 vertical meters per line. In bad weather conditions usually, the agenda is to stay low for amazing forest skiing. This where the powder stays protected from the wind, and that is what we chase. Place where trees are used as a tool for orientation in the fog.

The north side of the ski resort Popova Shapka is perfect for snowcat skiing / freeriding.
40 Minutes from Skopje, it lies at 1700 meters and has a lot of powder snow.

SnowCat device

For our operation, we use Leitner Prinoth and Pistenbully, machines with high-security standards. In the price of the product, we also include primary avalanche safety equipment (beacon, probe, shovel) and avalanche airbag system (abs). All together we work on a high level when it comes to safety risk management in outdoor activities. The backcountry skiing terrain is separated in high zones from 2100m to 2600m and lower zones below 2100m but not lower than 1700m. Most of the time you will be riding the north face of the mountain where the north face powder can be found in huge quantities.

Guides & Safety

Our guides have a minimum experience of 6-10 years of guiding in the area and are experienced free riders.

They are certified by local and international guiding federations (UIMLA), but also, they are licensed tour guides to show you the cultural beauties of the region.

Additionally, every guide is regularly participating or organizing safety courses and our goal is to be leading in setting standards and procedures for mountain safety in our region.

Every tour has been done multiple times under different conditions and will be planned very carefully.

We always provide 2 guides for each Snowcat (one head and one tail guide) to provide maximum safety for your backcountry experience.

Additionally, we provide you with all necessary security equipment such as an avalanche beacon and ABS avalanche (+ probe and shovel) backpack free of charge.

Rental equipment

All equipment such as freeride skis, boots, poles etc. can be rented upon availability. Please enquiry beforehand.

Getting there

Skopje can be easily reached from anywhere in the world and offers a modern airport.

For example, the budget airline Wizz air offers cheap flights to Skopje several times a week from all major destinations in Europe, as such as direct flight from Turku to Skopje, (Wednesday + Sunday).

Norwegian, as well has direct flight from Helsinki to Pristina (Kosovo) which is a good connection to Macedonia.

Trip Disclaimer

Our guides have the right to change the program or cancel due to unexpected conditions in order to provide maximum safety for the group.

All participants should be reasonably fit and must have proper equipment for avalanche rescue: ABS Avalanche backpack or similar, probe, shovel and transceiver. It will be provided at no additional cost.

Please contact us if you are unsure about any requirements.

Day plan

07:30 – breakfast and daily briefing afterwards

08:30 – Meeting at the Snowcat – departure

09:00 – first run

11:30 – 12:30 (in between) – Lunch in the forest depending on group preferences

16:00 – end of skiing, is variable depending on daylight and strength of group

16:30 – short debriefing and outlook of next day

19:00 – dinner