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It’s the perfect destination for three freeskiing mountaineers

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Canada Goose Outlet It’s 15C and the sun is shining as the three of us step outside Split international airport Canada Goose Parka in Croatia carrying our ski bags. “What canada goose outlet sale do you want with skis on the Adriatic coast?” asks our confused rental car agent. She can’t comprehend why we would travel all the way here to ski. But we’re on our way to Canada Goose Jackets one of the last remaining true wildernesses on the European continent: Montenegro. It’s still relatively unknown, canada goose uk black friday despite presenting a wealth of snowsports opportunities 90 per cent of this small country on the Balkan peninsula is covered by mountainous terrain. It’s the perfect destination for three freeskiing mountaineers in search of fresh adventure.

Canada Goose sale “This is a bad winter,” owner canada goose clearance Zarko tells us after we’ve wrestled our stuff through the tiny stairway. “We only have 1.5m of snow!” Yet the walkway to the b entrance is carved out of snow piled 2m above our heads you’ve got to love these Montenegrin “metres”.

canada goose coats on sale It’s a short night. Photographer Tony kicks us out of our beds early, eager to get up the mountain, and we bump our way there slowly on roads rutted with snow and ice. Our canada goose black friday sale research has told us that Durmitor ski area consists of two Canada Goose Coats On Sale chairlifts accessing perfect steep and rocky freeride terrain, and cheap Canada Goose indeed, the mountains look extremely inviting.

canada goose coats However, the ordinarily canada goose factory sale simple process of buying lift passes turns into a real challenge, as the guy in the canadian goose jacket old wooden hut doesn’t understand a buy canada goose jacket single word of English, German, French or Japanese (the last one is, admittedly, a long shot). Eventually, thanks to some wild gesturing, we receive three handwritten one day lift passes, costing 13 each. Durmitor, here we come!

Canada Goose online The first lift takes us to mid mountain the upper lift isn’t working. Some of our fellow skiers surmise that it could be broken, while others reckon it would simply be too much work for the resort to free the lift stations from all the snow. It suits us though thanks to our touring skins, we have a whole host of amazing faces as our own private playground.

canada goose store An hour or so later, arcing out our first few turns down the black mountains and looking out on to the high plateau below, it’s breathtakingly beautiful. We tear into a wide bowl, keeping our speed up to traverse out high and boot pack the next ridge, followed by a skin up to the 2455m summit of Sljeme. Zarko had told us it would be a three hour hike, but Montenegrins are pretty laid back we manage it easily in two. From the top we survey the rugged panorama; Bobotov Kuk, at 2523m the highest point in the ski area, to the east, and the Albanian mountains on the horizon.

buy canada goose jacket cheap From the summit we have 1000m of vertical all to ourselves. Blue sky, great views, fresh powder on every turn an unbeatable feeling. Over the next couple of days we tackle another two routes, the first taking Canada Goose Outlet three hours, as we stop along the way for canada goose coats Tony cheap canada goose uk to capture the dramatic vista on camera, the second taking just under an hour. On the back side of the Savin Kuk mountain (2313m), we get to head down long, perfect powder lines. The top section is a wide face, with plenty of space to arc out big turns, before https://www.canadagooseoutlet4sale.com narrowing and winding back down to the resort base.

canada goose clearance We work the ridge line, which eventually banks round into a shaded valley of glorious snow, scattered with playful freeride features. With more than 48 peaks to explore, we could easily stay in Durmitor for a full month. But it’s time for us to move on to the next mountain range on our list Komovi.

canadian goose jacket The forecast looks poor. Apparently we have one more bluebird day before a bad weather front comes in, so early in the morning we leave Zarko’s shelter and head south east. The range has three standout peaks: Kom Kucki, Kom canada goose store Ljevorijecki and Kom Vasojevicki. We’ve heard the Komovi range is smattered with exciting lines and freeride terrain, with clean touring access exactly what we’re looking for. We have to negotiate a high mountain pass on the way, so we stop off in the town of Kolasin uk canada goose outlet in the Tara valley to check the route.

Canada Goose Parka “Yes, the Tresnjevik mountain pass is open,” Kolasin tourist office staff tell us. One hour later we learn that “open” in Montenegrin terms just refers to the fact that the barrier isn’t down. The 2m of snow that blankets the road sees us get stuck twice, leading to more than two hours of shovelling and we’re still Canada Goose Online miles from our goal. Finally, when we find ourselves facing an insurmountable wall of snow for the third time, we decide to cut our losses and Canada Goose online embark on a shorter ski tour in the Bjelasica mountains from where our car is stuck.

canada goose black friday sale We don skins and set off, touring easily up the alpine road before banking left up into the rolling hills. The gentle terrain and open gladed trees don’t provide quite the wow factor of the Komovi range, but we manage to get some turns in and it’s still enormous fun. We finish off our day with pasta, cooked on a camping stove, and beer in front of the car, marvelling at what a fantastic place we’ve stumbled across, before heading back on the road we’ve cleared. That night we return to Kolasin and stay in a b sampling the local homemade mozzarella type cheese and enjoying great value (if not great quality) 3 pizzas.

cheap Canada Goose The next day the weather really closes in, so we bury our canada goose Komovi plans and instead drive up to Kolasin 1450, Montenegro’s most modern ski resort, boasting six lifts. It’s certainly different from Durmitor, with a well equipped canada goose clearance sale base lodge, complete with sports shops and a restaurant. At 20, a day lift pass canada goose uk shop is pricier too. Outside uk canada goose it starts snowing heavily, which gives us time for an extended breakfast session of massive omelettes for 2.

Canada Goose Jackets While admiring the pictures that adorn the base lodge, we see that on a bluebird day there’d be some great long runs with fairly short hikes from the top of the six seater canada goose coats on sale chairlift. No chance of that today, so instead we down cameras and head to the trees for a good old canada goose uk outlet fashioned Canada Goose sale blast and an awesome last day in Montenegro, a country I’m half hoping will stay off the beaten track at least till I can buy canada goose jacket cheap come back and ski the three peaks we missed out on.