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SF Freeride Cat Skiing Packages

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GUIDED BACKCOUNTRY CAT-SKIING
Customised Cat Ski Packages

Location: Europe | Tour Focus: Guided | Terrain Focus: Backcountry
Ability: Intermediate to Expert
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USD 491
SF Freeride offers great cat ski packages in North Macedonia with guided cat skiing & snowboarding powder, accommodation & all meals included. get a group together & choose your own best dates & duration to fully customise your cat-ski tour. Add extra days & transfers!
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SF Freeride Cat Skiing Packages

Overview

SF Freeride Cat Skiing is a lively operation in the Pelister National Park of North Macedonia, 2½hr by road south of the capital Skopje. Cat skiing with SF Freeride combines classic Macedonian hospitality with fun, high alpine & tree powder riding. Several things make SF Freeride stand out, one of them is the people running it. Come here ready to laugh & enjoy some frenetic freeriding. Following the guides down through the trees is wonderful as they know every nook & cranny. As a bonus, every group has a professional photographer attached to capture your cat ski days, giving everyone one less thing to think about and concentrate on fully immersing yourself in the enjoyment of the mountains. To see how the tour program looks, click the Itinerary tab.

Lodging & Food

Unlike many Balkans cat ski operations, SF Freeride run their own superb quality hotel, bar & restaurant, so a tour package doesn't rely on any third parties. In addition to the Hotel Sumski Feneri, the operation also utilise the Shiroka Mountain Lodge (a solid hut) at 1,950m elevation as a central base for the cat ski day on the mountain. All meals are included in the package, and aside from voluminous breakfasts & dinners at the hotel, a fabulous lunch is served in the mountain hut, which has a ski-in ski-out position in the valley. For detailed information on accommodation & food, click the Lodging tab.

SF Freeride Cat Skiing
SF Freeride Cat Skiing
SF Freeride Cat Skiing

Snow & Terrain

The ski & snowboard terrain at SF is based around Mt Pelister (also known as the Baba Mountain). At just over 2,600m, the peak is accessible by cat & if conditions allow, a wonderful array of steep chutes can be ridden. The skiable vertical is around 1,200m but is effectively more like 700m in reality (assuming the summit is skiable), as the lower mountain is only utilised toward the end of the day. Runs are 1 to 4 kilometres long. There is an option to ride a long extreme descent off the southern side of Pelister if conditions allow & then getting picked up by the van.

Pelister stands alone along the border with Greece & can be lashed by huge winter storms. Terrain is predominantly northerly aspect & ranges across a huge bowl from the peak in the west along a ridge to easterly facing lightly wooded slopes that catch the morning sun. The high alpine gives way to light & then heavy trees, allowing SF Freeride to operate effectively in poor visibility.

Where is SF Freeride?

SF Freeride is in the Balkans, at the southern end of North Macedonia near the small ski area called Pelister. Close to the border with Greece, SF Freeride operates within the Pelister National Park. For detailed info on the best to get there, see the Travel to SF Freeride page.

SF Freeride Cat Skiing
SF Freeride Cat Skiing
SF Freeride Cat Skiing

Snowcats & Safety

SF Freeride have 2 modern, comfortable snowcats capable of seating 14 people. One snowcat is held in reserve to cover any unforeseen issues. A lengthy journey (1hr) is required to get up the mountain in the morning, but the wait is worth it as you get to know your guides & get pumped up with a few tunes. The guides are first aid & avalanche hazard trained, plus new, modern avalanche safety equipment is available for guests to use.

SF Freeride Cat Skiing
SF Freeride Cat Skiing
SF Freeride Cat Skiing

Typical 3-Day Package Itinerary

Day 1: Arrival Day (late afternoon or evening)

From Skopje airport or other location, travel to Sumski Feneri Hotel. If you have arranged a transfer, your driver will be waiting for you at the airport. Arrival at the hotel and be greeted by your 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: Ski & Snowboard Days

Every day will follow the same program (unless alternative arrangements have been made). See the Daily Schedule below. Your guide will choose the day's skiing based on the group’s ability, snow & weather conditions, avalanche risk and of course........ the group's wishes! At SF Freeride, you can ski & ride as much as your group can handle! Relax or go hard - your choice.

Daily Schedule
7:00-8:00 Breakfast
8:00-8:30 Load van & transfer to the start point Snowcat (7 km from the hotel)
8:30 Loading equipment, safety briefing, introduction and final gear check.
9:00 Hit the mountain. 1 hour driving in the snowcat to the first drop off on the mountain through the Pelister National Park from Lovecka to Antena, driving through pine forest starting from 1,400m to the peak at 2,610m.
10:00 Skiing & snowboarding from the top of the mountain.
12:00 or 13:00 Lunch at the Shiroka mountain lodge.
12:30 or 13:30 Afternoon ski/board session. Option to ski or board all the way back to starting point. Race the snow cat back the to the hotel bus! 16:30 Transfer back to the hotel.
19:00 Dinner & drinks




Late Afternoon Day 3- Departure

After a day's riding, departure is in the afternoon of Day 3 (unless you have booked to stay another few nights to enjoy some more great SF Freeride hospitality!). Return transfer to Skopje or another location can be arranged.

NOTE: This itinerary is a guide. The tour is dictated by the weather each day and your guide will fit around where the best conditions are. That’s the beauty of a guided tour!

SF Freeride Lodging & Dining

Accommodation

All packages include accommodation at the superb Sumski Feneri Hotel owned & operated by the same management as SF Freeride Cat Skiing. Rooms are large, comfortable & modern and come complete with spacious ensuite bathrooms. The restaurant & bar is wonderful & is the centre of the hotel's lively social activities. Transfers from the hotel to the cat skiing base are included in the package. Be nice to the bar staff, they may be your guide in the morning!




Dining Experience

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 & lunch is a mountain top extravaganza at 1,950m elevation in the comfortably rustic Shiroka Hut. 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 at Sumski Feneri is going hungry or thirsty!




Rates & Inclusions

Rates

3-Day Package (2 cat-ski days, 2 nights lodging, all meals) - €420

Extra days (all inclusive) - €210

Extra night accommodation & meals - Price on application

Inclusions
  • GUIDED CAT SKIING: 2 days fully guided cat skiing (3-day package)
  • ACCOMMODATION: 2 nights accommodation (twin-share)(2-day package)
  • ALL MEALS: Breakfast, lunch, dinner & snacks
  • GROUND TRANSPORT: All ground transport during the tour
  • PHOTOGRAPHER: Professional photographer to capture the group's best moments
Add-ons
  • AVALANCHE SAFETY EQT: Avalanche safety equipment rental incl. backpack (price on application)
  • AIRPORT TRANSFERS: Return transfer from Skopje airport or other location (price on application)
  • EXTRA CAT SKI DAYS: €210 /day (cat ski day, all meals, accommodation)
  • EXTRA NIGHT ACCOMMODATION: Extra nights lodging with all meals (Price on application)
  • OTHER ACTIVITIES: Hosted local non-ski activity day tours (price on application)
  • DRINKS: Available at bar prices
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Booking & Cancellation Policy

The operator will inform you of the current terms and conditions related to bookings and cancellations upon enquiry.