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The mountains of North Macedonia are not the first place you would consider a backcountry ski touring or splitboarding expedition. However an enviable snow record, lack of local freeriders and limited tourism combined with it’s stunning food, friendly locals and low prices make it an adventurous destination you should visit before word gets out.
The Snowbusters Macedonia Ski Expedition is a two week trip that explores the best skiing North Macedonia has to offer. We will combine time in ski resort accessed backcountry and remote skinning in four different Macedonian destinations. It will be a ski road trip that helps you understand (and love!) this interesting country that is a melting pot of different cultures.
Touring in North Macedonia is not easy, so you should have previous experience and very good fitness. Below is a rough itinerary, the final plan will vary dependent on the weather and snow conditions to ensure you make the most of your time with Snowbusters. All plans are adaptable to the group's needs so it can be made easier or more difficult.
During the week we spend a lot of time learning about safety in the mountains. Specifically, how to avoid an avalanche through understanding conditions, reading snow profiles and simple snow stability tests. You’ll learn how to perform an avalanche rescue if things go wrong along with some useful first aid.
Although there is some theory, most of it is taught in real life situations on the mountain. Snowbusters will demonstrate how to organize a group avalanche rescue and you’ll take part in rescue simulations. This includes multiple backfilling, digging victims and hypothermic treatment.
Day 1 Arrival day
Day 2 to 4: Popova Shapka
Day 4 to 6: Mavrovo
Day 7: Rest day
Day 8 to 10: Mount Pelister
Day 11 to 13: Jablanica Mountains
In addition to the scheduled rest day you will probably wish to take it easy on two other days. We will plan this around the conditions and how everyone is feeling. In most places there is the option of a day resort skiing to give your legs a break. Anyway we will be there to provide full 6/12 days of kick ass skiing / snowboarding without any compromise.
Coffee, tea, breakfast, morning yoga, jogging, ... or what ever morning routine you are use to.
Heading off to the adventure of the day.
Time to tour up and ride it deep and steep.
Après-ski beer / vine. We sort out the plan for next day.
Planning the next day (avalanche forecast, route planning, ...)
Possibly meeting for communal dinner.
Drinks, bit of party, sleep. But it is only a suggestion ;)
You should bring your personal ski or snowboard freeride touring equipment (skis with touring bindings, splitboard, skins, telescopic poles, ...), avalanche set, head lamp and ski or snowboard clothing.
This trip is flexible regarding food. We can either shop for groceries and cook communially or do it all individually. Alternatively there are many cheap restaurants serving traditional food. Macedonia is a cultural melting pot with a wide range of influences on its cuisine and you can get excellent meals without breaking the bank.
Shared accommodation will be organized in mountain huts, ...