With incomparable ski runs in the Sar Mountains in the south and the Albanian Alps to the west, Kosovo is serving up pristine backcountry skiing conditions in a rugged environment with some of Southern Europe’s most unforgettable programs. With easy access from two major international airports, as well as inexpensive and efficient bus networks with its borders, this landlocked country is becoming a popular ski destination right before our eyes.
Kosovo is the newest country in Europe after declaring independence from Serbia in 2008. It is completely landlocked, sharing borders with Serbia, Montenegro, Albania, and Macedonia. The Sar Mountains and the Albanian Alps make for prolific ski ventures, running along the southern and western borders, respectfully. Recent efforts have been made to revitalize the defunct ski resorts of Brezovica in an attempt to bring this former powder Shangri-La back to its glory days. Pristina International Airport, located in the capital of Pristina, is the only way to enter the country through the air internationally. Within the country, traveling from the capital to the ski-friendly Sar Mountains takes about an hour and a half, with roughly 80 kilometers between Pristina and Brezovica.
The continental climate of Kosovo provides cold, snowy winters along with warm and sunny summers. The western and southeastern mountain ranges have an alpine climate.
Pristina International Airport is the primary entrance via the air. Buses are also available to Pristina and Peja from Montenegro, Albania, Macedonia, and even Istanbul, Turkey. Train service from Serbia (Kraljevo) and Macedonia (Skopje) also reach Pristina and Kosovo.
February, March, and April provide the best conditions for the best backcountry skiing trips.
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