Steep lines, big drops, gnarly couloirs, amazing forest runs but also mellow and chilling terrain... you name it, we got it! Having in mind the VICINITY of the Adriatic Sea , the EFFECT THAT IT HAS on this mountain range and maaaaaassive snow storms that it brings, Magnificent Gjeravica mountain is an undiscovered freeride paradise. A virgin place that is a natural habitat of bears, wolves, lynx and other wildlife.. Our base is a small family hotel "Grand Gjeravica" located at 1750 m. During winter months it is reachable only by snowcat and it is about an hour long drive to get there. Once you're there you are for real in the wild. Our small but great crew will make sure that you have everything you need to enjoy full time on the mountain.
IS LIKE A VIRGIN, TOUCHED FOR THE VERY FIRST TIME...
Accursed mountains. Alps that have been completly unknown and somehow forgotten possibly because they are perceived as insurmountable and wild. They are called Albanian Alps and are the southermost part of the Dinaric Alps.
Maybe because of the region itself and it's murky history, those mountains are the wildest place in Europe and the last untouched habitats of wild life. Little over a decade ago it was a mission impossibile to reach those mountains and explore them. Just recently few roads have been built in this area but still it is a virgin place to be. Specially during winter months.
Regarding the terrain itself, we don't like to brag around but yes, we have it all and it's huge. High alpine terrains, forrest runs, couloirs, big open fields and so on.. One thing is for sure, you will not ski the same line twice..
Owned and manged by a local family, the Krasniqi hotel is located in the Ereniku valley on the south face of the Gjeravica peak at 1750 m altitude. During winter months and heavy storms it feels like the biggest and best place you have ever stayed at. Open fire place on the hotel's „multi purpose“ ground level will let you enjoy a bit of apres ski mood and no worries for your beer supply, there is plenty of it and it's cheap. Not to mention that we are „Sabja“ ambassadors – first Kosovo craft beer. Selfsustainable electricity supply from water turbine and power generator if needed, means no big power suckers in hotel. Internet will work until snow covers the antenas , in which case we go on a rescue internet mission and dig it out. There is for sure no need for a menu a la carte after you taste some of the local „ORGANIC BY DEFAULT“ cuisine that is served here.
The best option is to get a taxi at the airport. We can organize transfer for you with some of our trusted taxi drivers. We do not reccomend taking a rent-a-car because you won't be using your car at any time during your stay. It is for sure a more expensive option then taking a taxi.
There are three options where to flyPristina, Kosovo – about 1.30 h drive from airport to pick up point in Junike.
If there is anyone crazy enough to drive to Kosovo from Europe best is to follow the highway through Austria(exit border Karawanke tunnel) – Slovenia (exit border Obrezje) – Croatia (exit border Bajakovo) – Serbia ( exit highway in Nis and follow road to Merdare which is the border exit to Kosovo) – Kosovo (Pristina Gjakova – Junik) and two days later here you are! Parking places are secured for those brave quests.
Strongly not reccomended if even possible!!
***Depending on your flight itinerary this schedule is subject to a small changes on your request.
aka SUPER HAMDA
If you ever end up on the mountain in Kosovo, believe me you want to be there with Super Hamda. He is a legend in the Kosovo ski community, a snowboarding pioneer, the first big mountain skier in Kosovo and much more than that. It's hard to describe all the skills that Hamda has but for more info please check out TGR's video
Another legend of Kosovo. Luli owns a restaurant chain in Kosovo called Tiffany's. It is the best place to eat in Kosovo and Luli's reputation extends far beyond the borders of Kosovo. Since he is not full time on the mountain if you're lucky enough you will witness his amazing cooking skills
Connected with the mountain from his young days, he is an ex national champion in skiing, snowboarding and spearfishing.. He is living his dream now, spending winters on the mounains and summers on the island giving his best to share some of his experiences with other people.info@lynxfreeride
A passionate mountain biker and snowboarder, he combines his skills during both summer and winter season to be able to spend as much time as possible up on the mountain.