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Skiing in Serbia?!, Yes, my dear. You can actually ski in Serbia. “Very interesting …”, the feedback from my mum reads every time I send her new, beautiful pictures from the snow. Followers & friends, too, have been tuning into this journey with great interest, usually leading to the same kind of questions asked via Social Media: So where exactly are you there? And: What’s it like?
Looking at the above map, you can see that Kopaonik is located in the very south of Serbia. Thanks to its highest peak, “Prancic Vrh” at 2.017 metres above sea level, Kopaonik has guaranteed snow levels for at least three months in the year. Kopaonik Ski Resort, comprised of holiday homes, hotels, restaurants, bars, ski schools as well as some other small shops, is also conveniently located at well over 1.700 metres above sea level. All of this accounts for a perpetual “winter wonderland”.
And there’s something to be said about stumbling from the slopes, into the spa area, the restaurant, and into your bed all within the space of just a few metres: Ski, Eat, Sleep, Repeat! My friends Christina, Philipp and I just love our time here. Check this out.
Even if the weather turns bad, Kopaonik still knows how to throw a party or two. Check out the many small bars and restaurants around the resort, and buy some local products from the many pop-up street stands. Next to the ubiquitous “Raki”, you will be offered hot wine as a popular local item: A curious revival for me, as hot wine in Austria is only served until Christmas, really.
Apart from the ski resort itself, the mountain huts are very cosy and welcoming, too. Order yourself a glass of thick, creamy hot chocolate or go for a serving of fresh Serbian bean soup. If you fancy a little treatment for the senses, I can recommend the spa area of the Grand Hotel Kopaonik : My “Hot Stone Massage” was truly worth it.
And finally, the night ski. Oh, boy, did I feel like I was 14 again!
Check out all of my Serbia travel posts and ideas for your next journey here: https://www.creativelena.com/en/travel-blog/europe/serbia. (about Belgrade, Novi Sad, as well as visiting Fruška Gora). Lea, who shares on her travel blog Escape-Town.com, has also already been to Kopaonik and written the following, interesting post: https://escape-town.com/kopaonik-serbien-skiurlaub/.
Maria and Christina, two of my very talented travel writer friends, have also written and shared about Serbia:
Disclaimer: We have been invited on this trip to Kopaonik by the Serbian National Tourism Board. All opinions are my own.