December 1, 2017 Out and about

Skiing Serbia: The Highs and the Lows

Winter in Serbia can be magic. Ski snow-covered forests, trek peaceful mountains and eat great food; but make sure you get the right advice.

The Kopaonik range is the largest ski resort in the country Photo: Flickr/Ratko Bozovic

Maja Zivanovic

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Serbia has its share of winter resorts offering an escape from the everyday rush and traffic of the city. You could buy into what’s being advertised but if you want the low-down, the best tips on winter in Serbia come from those who’ve actually been.

MakicaK, TripAdvisor’s Destination expert for Serbia, lays it out for tourists planning a visit to Serbia in the snow.

“The largest ski resort of Kopaonik is pretty certain to have some snow even as early as December, but it is more oriented towards dedicated skiers than other general winter activities,” he writes.

“Other mountains with tourist capacities are Zlatibor and Tara. Divcibare is a small resort but very close to Belgrade, so you could decide to go there at the last minute if the weather is right at the time.”

Kopaonik

With about 55 kilometres of runs for alpine skiers and 12 kilometres of cross-country skiing, the Kopaonik range is the largest ski resort in the country.

TripAdvisor user Alexio Cubrilo posted last year that Kopaonik gave him a good week of skiing.

“If you’re an intermediate skier, it’s perfect. Skiing through a snowy forest is something else,“ he wrote, adding that the great food and cheap beer was probably the best in Europe.

PeevA, another user, says Kopaonik is “a good place for a few days of skiing. The slopes are ok, even though there is a lot of ice on the slopes and it is very crowded, but overall, the prices are ok, much higher than a few years ago though and increasing each year“.

Zlatibor

While Kopaonik may host the biggest resort, Zlatibor, a mountainous region in Serbia’s south-west, offers a bigger variety of things to do off the slopes, as well as on, such as museums, caves, waterfalls and other landmarks.

Tornik Ski Resort is on Zlatibor’s highest peak, with runs rising from 1110 to 1490 metres above sea level. Although some reviewers were disappointed, most TripAdvisor users have been positive.

“Excellent for beginners and intermediate snowboarders. There is a big parking space, a lot of skiing schools for kids and adults, lots of places to rent equipment,” Nica011 wrote on Trip Advisor in February. She was also impressed by the range of other activities, including zip-lining and tubing.

But seasoned skiers beware: user TcresidentTc was unhappy with the level of difficulty of many of the slopes and complained the services were not up to scratch.

“The slopes are not so challenging and the staff is poor, all around, especially the lift operators. Most of the time they are sitting smoking in the service houses just watching people fall and struggle with the t-bars,” they wrote.

Tara

Tara Mountain sits well inside the Dinaric Alps in the far West of Serbia. Its declaration as a National park in 1981 means it has kept its almost 20 hectares of wild beauty intact and is a must for hikers.

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