Northwest Skopje and east of Prishtina in the Albanian Alps, the Ski Centar Brezovica ski area was once a very nice regional ski area with 9 pistes served by 9 lifts accessing a maximum altitude of 2,656m from a base of 1,700m. The ski area covers 2,550 hectares on the north slopes of Shar Mountain. The 15km of slopes are divided into 45% beginner, 45% intermediate and 10% advances. Many consider Brezovica the best mountains in the Balkans with steep slopes and deep powder.
If running, take the two-person chairlift to the high point and head left into the open bowl for a freeriders that ends with glades. There are also several hiking options here with interesting terrain to explore.
To reach the snowboarding at Brezovica Ski Centre, fly into Skopje (SKP) or Pristina (PRN). It takes about 90 minutes to reach the ski area, which is on the border with Albania and Montenegro in southern Kosovo in the Shterpce province.
Note: Make sure to call in advance before heading to this ski area. There have been reports that various lifts at the facility are closed. As of 2013, none of the lifts were operating. In 2015, a new consortium took control of Brezovica to bring it back to life and expand it to 8,000 acres. In the interim, there are some snowcats providing access to the slopes. Also, it is not recommended to rent a car outside of Kosovo and drive it into Kosovo due to insurance and vandalism issues.