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Kopaonik

Kopaonik Ski Resort Guide

Kopaonik, Serbia

Rated: 4/5 (from 6 ratings)

Ski Area Highlights
Recommended ForExpert Skiers, Intermediates, Beginners, Snowboarders and Apres-Ski!
Highest Lift2,020m
Resort Height1,496m
 Nearest AirportNiš
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Kopaonik

A modern and well designed purpose built centre with a good snow and sunshine record, popular wirth Western European skiers up to the Yugoslavian civil war - offering as it did the rare combination of high quality with low Eastern European prices. Runs include FIS approved 'super G' or downhill, giant slalom (Duboka) and slalom (Gobelja) courses. Much slope-side accommodation and ski bus (free) linking base stations. There is also floodlighting for night skiing.

Summary

The Serbian ski resort of Kopaonik is at an altitude of 1,496m.

Kopaonik has direct access to 20 marked pistes, served by a total of 21 ski lifts.

With ski lifts as high as 2,020m, snow cover is generally reliable.

Snow and Weather

When will it snow in Kopaonik?

There is currently no significant snow in the 7-day forecast for Kopaonik.

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Ski Area Stats

Kopaonik Ski Area

Piste and Lift Stats
Black Pistes
Expert Trails
 2 
Red Pistes
Intermediate Runs
 5 
Blue Pistes
Easy Trails
12
Green Pistes
Beginner Runs
 4 
Cross Country
Total Length
21km
Ski Lifts
Number of Lifts
21

Altitudes

Kopaonik Ski Area Heights

Lift Heights and Resort Altitude
Highest Lift2,020m
Lowest Piste1,770m
Resort Altitude (Kopaonik)1,496m
Max Vertical524m

Ratings & Suitability

Ratings for Kopaonik
Expert Skiers
Intermediate Skiers
Beginners
Snowboarding
Snow
Apres-Ski

Kopaonik Overview

Kopaonik is a lively ski area, with high value prices, a good snow and sun record in an area of outstanding natural beauty. Its wide mountain range spreads 83 by 62 kilometers and a have quite distinct natural borders, carved by the deep valleys of the Ibar, Josanica, Rasina, Gornja Toplica and Lab rivers.

Despite having some 200 sunny days a year, the blanket of snow can stay on this mountain from November till May.

Nicknamed 'Kop, ' Kopaonik was a major value destination in Easter Europe during the late 1970s and early 1980s before more than a decade in the international wilderness due to the Balkan Wars. It was reintroduced to the world's skiers for the 2004-5 season and remains one of the world's best value quality destinations.

In 2005 the Austrian lift company Doppelmayr installed two new quad chairs to greatly enhgance uplift. Road access, water supply and snowmaking were also improved.

Visitors should not underestimate the incredible natural wealth and long historical significance of Kopaonik mountain which is unrivalled in Serbia for its natural beauty and mineral wealth. Rich artefacts have been found here darting back millennia and there are ruined ancient buildings dating back to roman times as well as several monasteries on its extensive slopes. Minerals were been mined in the area for at least a thousand years and there are many natural springs, also valued since antiquity for their varying restorative properties.

Skiing

There are nearly 60 km of well-maintained ski-runs including three International Ski Federation (FIS) standard runs are served by 16 ski and chair lifts and a further four nursery lifts. The maximum vertical rise is 521 metres, while the longest run 3.5 km long (just over two miles).

Kopaonik is very well suited to beginners with four nursery slopes with their own lifts, a well respected ski school and two thirds of the terrain graded easy for rapid progression. The fact that the lift ticket costs somewhere between a third and a half the equivalent Alpine resort price is a big help for many too, with Learn To Ski packages available including tuition and rentals. Most accommodation and facilities (for example, cafes to collapse in) are very convenient to the nursery slopes too.

Intermediate standard skiers will find seven trails graded red, the longest the 2km long Krcmar run. Although there is not initially much to attract advanced skiers, the resort is in fact a regular host of many ski and snowboard competitions, there are the three FIS standard runs - for slalom, giant slalom and super G or downhill and off piste powder can be good if you're lucky with powder falls when you visit.

Cross country skiers with about 20 km of marked trails.

There are a variety of pistes to suit all levels of skier ability, from Beginner to Expert.

Snowboarding

Snowboarding is popular in the resort with the young crowd that keep the resort buzzing at night taking to the slopes in the day. Although there's no terrain park there are plenty of natural hits in the trees. There can also be good off-piste powder when conditions are right.

Given the high value for board rental, tuition and lift pass with some tour operators offering all inclusive 'learn to board' deals at even better rates, Kopaonik is quite a good choice for trying boarding for the first time without breaking the bank.

Location and Map

Where is Kopaonik?

This ski resort is in Raška, Serbia.

Map

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How to get there

 By Air

The nearest airport to Kopaonik is Niš, 167 minutes drive away.

Infrastructure

Ski Lift Capacity

The 21 ski lifts are able to uplift 27,500 skiers and snowboarders every hour.

Season Dates

When is Kopaonik open?

We don't currently have confirmed season dates, but hope to soon.

Usual opening is mid December, and usual closing is Mid April.

NOTE:- Ski area, lift and piste opening is subject to Current Snow Conditions.

COVID-19 / Coronavirus

We don't yet have specific details of the COVID-19 precautions being taken in Kopaonik, but they are likely to include most of the following :-

  • Face masks required on lifts, and in shops.
  • Social distancing in public areas.
  • Reduced lift capacity.
  • Extensive disinfection / sanitization.

French Ski Resort COVID-19 Measures describes further measures that may also be applied.

Visit the Kopaonik Tourist Office for the latest.

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Aprés Ski

Well known for its nightlife, all the action centres on the main square, where a circular arcade contains late-night bars including live music venues Prestige and Club Hardy. Other popular spots are the Cafe Andrea and Cafe Royal.

The dolly Bell Bar is a popular meeting place when the lifts close and the Dancing Bar remains open (with dancing as its name suggests) in to the small hours.

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