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Cat Skiing for 160 Euros a Day?

post #1 of 26
Thread Starter 

That's what it says here:

http://www.guardian.co.uk/travel/2008/nov/16/catskiing-skiing-macedonia

 

Here's their own link:

 

http://www.eskimo-freeride.com/

 

Only 65 km from Skopje. Who knows...

post #2 of 26

Hmm, thought provoking stuff.

 

post #3 of 26
Thread Starter 

Let's see, you can fly from here to Skopje for $322 round trip...

post #4 of 26

London to Skopje is £180 (about $285 at today's rate) for a random week in January. Not too bad considering that none of the budget airlines go there; only £60 more than the cheapo flights to Sofia, so pretty reasonable for that part of Europe.

 

Hmm.

 

 

 

 

post #5 of 26
Thread Starter 

Indeed. Hmmm.

post #6 of 26

are you going to book prickly?, if you are we should meet up and go I would be up for it and if anyone else is more the better what do you think?.

post #7 of 26

that goes to you aswell cerebral aswell.

post #8 of 26
Thread Starter 

Probably not this season, as I think I'm doing Canada this year. But it does sound interesting, even for a weekend. Looks flattish, but not too bad, no?

post #9 of 26

Yeah the area looks ok, but the thought of untouched powder right now gets me going and for that price its got to be worth a weekend trip.it would probably work out as cheap as a weekend in Cham.

post #10 of 26
Thread Starter 

I doubt you'd get better skiing there than you would out with a guide for a day at a big European resort. Just have to compare the costs. And how much self-powering you want to do.

 

A day solo with a guide costs around 250 euros (much, much less if you have partners to share costs), plus lift pass, which is around 50 euros. Plus travel costs, which might be more/might be less for you, don't know (much, much less for me, as I can just drive anywhere in the Alps).

 

Having said that, I'm still interested, because I love the cat skiing formula. I'm saving the link, at any rate.

post #11 of 26

Is this worth another look?

 

I'm thinking about doing something more road-less-travelled for February, but I'm having problems deciding just how far I want to go off the beaten path (having crazy thoughts about going to Japan as well). Life is full of tough choices.

post #12 of 26
Thread Starter 

Let's revisit...

post #13 of 26

I'm sure their prices have gone up a bit, given that the news article is three years old. Flight prices look ok still from London at least.

 

post #14 of 26
Thread Starter 

Wonder how much maintenance they've done on the cat since we launched this discussion?

post #15 of 26

Hopefully more than what they've done one their website. It doesn't look like it's been touched for a couple of years.

 

Looking at another site they posted on, they say that €159/day was a promotional offer for their first season. Who knows what their prices are now?

post #16 of 26

Well, I e-mailed them a couple of days ago and have yet to hear back. It's not looking good.

post #17 of 26

Still no response. I think I'm officially giving up on them now.

post #18 of 26
Thread Starter 

Could just be a seasonable dealie. I think I need to buy a snowmobile (or "snowmachine" as they seemed to call them in BC) and take matters into my own hands. There's a nice area up near the Splugen Pass that I have my eye on...

post #19 of 26
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Originally Posted by prickly View Post

Could just be a seasonable dealie. I think I need to buy a snowmobile (or "snowmachine" as they seemed to call them in BC) and take matters into my own hands. There's a nice area up near the Splugen Pass that I have my eye on...


I might go to the London ski show this year. If so, I'll check if the Eskimo guys have a booth this year.

 

A lot of the freestyle powder guys agree with your conclusion about sleds. Every time I see a video with Eric Pollard, Pep Fujas, and Chris Benchetler, they're riding their snowmobilemachines up and down the hill to access their favorite spots.

 

post #20 of 26
A watched pot never boils.
 
I just got this reply over the weekend:
 
 
Complete package including Hotel accommodation, food, guides, snowcat and safety equipment costs 225 eur per day per person.
Normally returning flights are early morning, so usually last day after skiing we take you to Skopje for a great traditional dinner. Afterwards you have guide that shows you excellent night life of Skopje.
All this including accommodation cost 60 eur per person.
So five days on snow and six overall costs 1185 eur per person.
 
The best is to fly to Skopje which is 100 km from the Hotel.Transfer cost depends on number of people, but for bigger size group mini bus costs 15 eur per person per direction.
 
In average we make over 4000 m vertical a day, and we guarantee minimum average of 2500 m a day. Accommodation is based on double rooms. Single room supplement is 10 eur per day per person.
 
So far we have room until 4. February riding day, so let me know if 31.Jan. to 4th (5th return) Feb are suitable for you or you would like to come earlier?
 

That sounds fine to me. But, that first week of Feb is bad because of work (I can't take off work the first four days of any month), so I would need a week earlier or later than that. But, I imagine I'd have to check the availability for later weeks in February since it sounds like they might be booked up.

 

post #21 of 26
Thread Starter 

I wonder what the excellent nightlife in Skopje is all about. You might need some extra cash for that. And hopefully no one would take photos.

post #22 of 26

What happens in Skopje stays in Skopje. 

post #23 of 26
Thread Starter 

Yeah, that's what they say. And what doesn't stay in Skopje can probably be cleared up with a cortisone-based cream anyway.

post #24 of 26

I'm not too scared. I lived in Moscow and St. Petersburg for over two years, so I should be able to handle a night out in Skopje.

 

 

 

I've replied back to check on other dates in January and February. Once I can confirm which weeks are available, should we start a new thread to see who all is interested?

post #25 of 26
Thread Starter 

Sure. I'm tempted, but I'm leaning toward spending my limited "extracurricular" ski budget on guided touring this season.

post #26 of 26

Wow. Quick reply today.

 

They're fully booked 4-17 Feb. Everything else is available, but they are starting to get more requests coming in.

 

I could do middle to late January or that last week in February, so that works for me.

 

 

Edit: oh my! I just noticed that one of the budget airlines flying from the airport just down the road from me now has direct flights to Skopje for about £35 each way. It's like a sign or something.


Edited by CerebralVortex - 9/19/11 at 5:17am
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