High Scardus Ski touring
High Scardus Trail is the Europe’s newest long distance hiking, ski touring and mountain biking adventure. Developed as a transnational cross-border product, it is the natural extension of the Via Dinarica project, connecting North Macedonia, Albania and Kosovo along the mountainous-shared border.
It’s name, High Scardus is the latin name of Shar Mountain, the longest range in this part of the Balkans. Most of the High Scardus trail is positioned on Shar Mountain so it was only natural to give this name to the tour, referring it to its past which connects us the people from the Balkans.
Developed as a project by GIZ to improve the tourism offer in the region and additionally enhance the cross border cooperation, the trails were prepared and marked, locals were educated to be able to offer improved service and a cross border procedure was developed.
The High Scardus Trail ski touring adventure:
Ski touring on the massive mountains based on the borders between North Macedonia, Albania and Kosovo is becoming more and more popular. The snow coverage is quite certain from the beginning of January to mid-April, offering a long season to explore.
The high positioned ski centers and villages offer the perfect base to begin your tour.
Shar Outdoors offers a variety of programs connecting the best areas for skiing along High Scardus and Via Dinarica trails. As a operator we offer also snow cat freeride skiing in the areas of Popova Shapka, Bogovinje, Jelak, Tito’s peak, Gjini Beg.
Snow cat assisted ski touring, which allows us to access the far backcountry terrain of Shar Mountain.
We also offer ski touring trips that would include the areas of Prevall in Kosovo, Ljuboten in Kosovo and Macedonia, Korab in Albania and Macedonia, Jablanica and Galichica mountains in Macedonia and Albania.