Enjoy a Ski Vacation at Kopaonik in Serbia

June 13, 2012 by  
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Kopaonik ski resort in Serbia is the perfect skiing destination for everyone from beginners through to the most experienced of skiers. This popular ski resort has 21 ski lifts servicing 20 individual pistes, and with slopes being above 2,000 meters, snow cover is for the most part reliable during ski season, generally from December through to May. While Serbia may have been a no-go area for some time due to various conflicts, Kopaonik has been enjoying a revival in attracting skiers from other parts of the world, particularly European countries, where it is not far to travel and holiday budgets stretch much further than when visiting the well-known European resorts.

With four nursery slopes serviced by their own lifts, along with a reputable ski school and two-thirds of the resort’s terrain graded to facilitate advancement, Kopaonik is an excellent choice for beginners. Skiers can usually pick up reasonable priced “Learn to Ski” packages which include tuition and rentals. Accommodation is conveniently placed, and cafés and other facilities are available close to the nursery slopes.

Having moved from beginner to intermediate, skiers will find seven red-graded trails, with the longest being two kilometers. There are three FIS (International Ski Federation) standard runs – slalom, giant slalom and super G – and cross country skiers have at least 20 kms of marked trails to explore. More than 70 percent of the area benefits from snowmaking equipment when needed, ensuring snow-covered slopes and extending the skiing season. The system of cable cars and ski lifts which connects the slopes have a capacity to move more than 32,000 skiers per hour, ensuring less time in queues and more time skiing. There is also flood lighting for night skiing.

While there is no purpose-built terrain park for snowboarders, there are plenty of natural features among the trees to challenge your snowboarding skills. Kopaonik also offers great value “Learn to Board” deals for those who are just starting out. Aprés ski at Kopaonik is lively and centers on the main square, with cafés and pubs featuring good food, live music and a party atmosphere hard to beat.

With between 160 and 200 sunny days, spectacular scenery and well-maintained slopes and facilities, Kopaonik is certainly worth considering for your next ski vacation.