Ski resort Brezovica. Photo: Wikipedia/David Bailey

Ski resort Brezovica. Photo: Wikipedia/David Bailey

Trip Advisor describes Kosovo’s most famous ski resort, Brezovica, as small and short of facilities. Located near the western city of Prizren,in the Sharr Mountains National Park, it served as back-up for the 1984 Sarajevo Winter Olympics.

Tourists also say that although the drive up the mountain is spectacular, the two-lane road is often crowded and parking spots on arrival are scarce.

But snow-covered Brezovica is still an experience for those who want to get off the beaten track, despite the abandoned mansions and dodgy ski lifts that might or might not function.

Long known to professional skiers for its steep slopes, the resort remains undeveloped because of the dispute between Kosovo and Serbia over the former’s independence. Both sides claim ownership of the asset. As a result, all attempts to privatize and regenerate the resort, including a 410-million-euro deal in 2016 between MDP Consulting and Compagnie des Alpes and the government of Kosovo for a 99-year lease, have failed.