Cat Boarding Freeride Camp

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Popova Šapka 7 Day Camp


£1899 4* Full Board, 4 Days Cat Boarding

21st - 28th February 2025 - 7 Spaces - Level 2

Real Cat boarding doesn't just happen in North America. In Europe we can enjoy a wealth of easily accessible terrain if you select the right country and operation. We've partnered with a proven operator in Macedonia, who provides a complete package for the off-piste hungry rider who doesn't want to sweat for fresh.

Essentially we'll be riding the most remote areas of the mountainous backlands on Shar. Carving up the best slopes stashed with pow and dropping some sweet couloirs.

Don't expect to be left wanting. With a typical day giving 12-15 big runs delivering a vertical drop of at least 3000m+ even the most keen riders will be satisfied. 

You'll also receive a warm welcome from the hotel team. With a restaurant, bar and spa on site you definitely get the opportunity to fully recharge from the day. 

This course includes:
7 Nights 4* full board accommodation inc on snow lunch
5 Days Cat Boarding with 2 local guides supported by Maverix
Airport transfer from Skopje International Airport
Free Avi kit hire (Transceiver, shovel, probe & airbag backpack)
3000m+ vertical powder shred per cat day

Additional package options
1hr Sport massage/physio at the hotel spa on request approx £30
Comprehensive board repair & servicing available on request 
Private room available on request
Non-primary group transfers for an additional approx £70
Group Skopje city tour. Approx £65 inc guide and transfer 

Base Camp - 4* Hotel Scardus in Popova Shapka
The hotel has night bar, restaurant, ski room, laundry, spa centre with two saunas, swimming pool, and fitness suit with on site massage therapist and physio. It also offers wi-fi in all public areas. The restaurant serves a variety of dishes with international cuisine on offer.

Browse below for details on the course content, or review our travel guide, explanation of the course riding levels, kit list's or FAQ's and then feel free to drop us a line.

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What the riders think...

"In terms of snow the week got better and better with the cats constantly seeking out newer and bigger sick lines with some of the most fun terrain I've ever ridden. Testament to Maverix in the way this has been captured all week in a truly professional manner! The last day was my chance to try splitboarding for the first time. The descent was something else and unbelievable that the week could get better, it did."

"Cat Boarding in Macedonia gets 5 stars from me. James brought together a great group of people and on every single run we were able to put down our own lines. Each day we got around 5500m of descent and in my opinion this is the best way to maximise off-piste riding time. Our final day was a cat assisted splitboard adventure giving us access to a fabulous run into an inaccessible valley. James had the drone out filming us 😊. Every day we were out from 9-5 and picnic lunch was provided. The hotel bent over backwards to accommodate our every wish and the cats left directly from the hotel car park. I’ve booked to go again next year. Woohoo!"

"What can I say, easily the best week of snowboarding I have ever had in my entire life and it’s going to be a tough one to beat! James did an incredible job of organising the group and working with the hotel and local guides to ensure we maximised our adventure at every opportunity. Despite being a low snow year for the area we scored fresh lines almost every day and the powder dump gifted us one of the best days riding of my life.

Every moment was filled with action and even on the down days when the visibility was too bad for the snowcat to take us up the hill James quickly organised an impromptu splitboard lesson and hike which meant everyday was a snow day. One of the best aspects was how James had organised the group to all be of a similar level, so we were never left waiting for anyone and this gave us the most use of the snowcat on days we were using it.

I’d been told Macedonia was one of the best places to go for this type of adventure in Europe and now having experienced it I can only say book a trip here, you won’t regret it… Totally amazing once in a lifetime experience!"

Please make sure you read and understand the riding levels required for this course, as those riders who do not meet the required standards may be unable to complete their course and will not be offered a refund. Our Macedonia adventures are not recommended for under 18's.

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