Conference venue, Accommodation and Social Program
The Conference will take place in Hotel Bistra, placed at the foot of the Bistra mountain, close to the Mavrovo lake and the three chair lifts, leading to the wonderful skiing grounds. In the frames of natural beauty and resting infrastructure, the hotel makes a pleasant stay, vacation, fun and recreation all year round.
The accommodation is a sole responsibility of the participants. You can find more information about the hotel Bistra here.
The organizers are planning a gala dinner with native Macedonian music and dances.
National Park Mavrovo
Located in the western-central part of the country, the National Park of Mavrovo offers the highest mountain peaks in Macedonia. These peaks, some of which are Shara, Deshad and Bistra, are topped by the imposing Great Korab Mountain (2,764 meters or 9,069 feet high). Not only do these mountains provide magnificent visual landscapes, they also prove to be the best skiing terrains on the Balkans. Mavrovo’s impressive forests contain more than 100 rare species of trees, and its rugged hilltops are rich in wild herbs and teas that can be easily collected by hand. Lake Mavrovo located just beneath the ski center makes the National Park of Mavrovo a popular weekend resort all year round.
The highest mountain peaks in Macedonia are all found in the National Park of Mavrovo, located in the western-central edge of the country. Sara, Deshad and Bistra are some of these peaks and they are topped by the imposing Mountain Korab (2,764 meters or 9,069 feet high). Not only do these mountains provide magnificent visual landscapes, they also offer some of the best skiing courts in the Balkans. Mavrovo’s impressive forests contain more than 100 rare species of trees and its hilltops are rich in wild teas and herbs that can be easily gathered by hand. Lake Mavrovo which is located just beneath the ski center makes the National Park of Mavrovo a very popular weekend resort all year round.
The ski centre Mavrovo has three chair lifts and eleven ski lifts. The length of chair lifts is 4.800 m. with a capacity of 1.900 persons per hour. With these lifts, skiing is possible from 1.255 m. to 1.860 m. above sea level. The length of the ski lifts is 5.700 m. with a capacity of 10.100 skiers per hour. There are tracks for beginners, advanced and top competitors in the alpine and Nordic categories. The average snow cover is 70 cm. which makes skiing possible, as well as other snow games from November to April.
The largest artificial lake in Macedonia is part of Mavrovo National Park. Due to its elevation (over 1,000 meters, or 3,000 feet), this mountain lake sometimes freezes over in winter. Abundant with the famous trout, Lake Mavrovo also makes for an excellent swimming and boating spot in the summer months. An additional point of interest is the half-submerged church in the middle of the lake.