Visitor reviews for Kopaonik Ski Resort
May 24, 2014
Francesca from United Kingdom
One of our best ski holidays to date! I organised a 3 day ski trip in Kopaonik for a group of 12 friends aged 22-26. We stayed at chalet Montana which can also be rented out by room. It was a beautiful chalet run by 2 friendly brothers. The price was fantastic and included breakfast and dinner (montana.rs). The accommodation in the centre isn't very pretty so we preferred this option. It took 5-10mins in a taxi to get to the centre of the resort and cost £1 a day each in taxi costs. There's also a range of spas within walking distance, great after a hard day's ski.
There's about 60km of piste which was perfect for 3 days. Beginner/intermediates would be fine for a week. The food and restaurants on the mountain were so cheap; lift pass (15euro/day ) and ski hire (£5/day) was an absolute bargain.
The resort is 4/5hrs from Belgrade. We decided to spend one day/night in Belgrade before transferring. The nightlife was brilliant and the transfer the next day was not bad at all. We organised a private transfer through taxido.net which came to £35rtn each.
I cannot recommend this resort and chalet anymore. We loved it. It was brilliant to sample somewhere other than the typical French, Swiss resorts etc.
Our whole trip, including flights etc, came to £250. Amazing.
Overall: 4.1. Based on 32 votes and 27 reviews. Vote
(1) At least one overnight stop, (2) requires a whole day, (3) requires more than half a day – you may have time for a few turns (4) arrive by lunchtime and ski all afternoon, (5) there is a main airport within an hour of Kopaonik.
Public Transport: 3.9
(1) There are no buses or taxis to Kopaonik, (3) there are slow or infrequent buses / trains available, (5) getting to the resort is easy with frequent bus / train connections.
(1) An ugly resort in a bland setting, (3) average mountain views and resort, (5) a spectacular setting and a beautiful / historic resort town.
(1) No places to stay in/near Kopaonik, (3) a few places to stay in the resort, (5) a wide variety of accommodation suitable to suit all budgets.
Cheap Rooms: 4.5
(1) No budget accommodation available, (3) just one or two hostels so book ahead, (5) several cheap hostels and pensions available.
Luxury Hotels: 4.4
(1) No luxury accommodation available, (3) just one or two luxury hotels so book ahead, (5) several up-market hotels in Kopaonik.
Ski in/Ski out: 4.9
(1) The ski area is located far from any accommodation, (3) a free ski bus takes you to the ski area in a short trip, (5) Ski-in ski-out accommodation is available.
(1) There are no child care facilities at Kopaonik, (5) the resort has excellent child-care facilities including at least one reasonably priced creche.
(1) Occasionally gets enough snow for skiing, (2) is often closed due to a lack of snow, (3) occasionally suffers from a lack of snow, (4) rarely suffers from a lack of snow, (5) Kopaonik is snowsure even in the poorest seasons.
(1) Kopaonik relies entirely on natural snow, (3) there are just a few snow cannons, (5) there are snowmaking facilities on all pistes.
Snow Grooming: 4.6
(1) There are no snow groomers at Kopaonik, (3) occasionally some pistes are left ungroomed and in a poor state, (5) all the runs at Kopaonik are groomed daily.
(1) there is nowhere to ski when it is windy or visibility is bad and lifts often shut, (3) there are some trees for poor visibility but main lifts sometimes close, (5) Kopaonik is mostly in forest where you can ski in flat-light and windy days, lifts rarely close.
Nearby options: 2.4
(1) If snow conditions are poor at Kopaonik, it will be poor everywhere nearby, (3) there are good alternatives within an hours drive, (5) other locations on the same lift pass provide a rich variety of snowsure ski conditions.
Regional rating: 4.5
(1) Kopaonik usually has poor snow conditions compared to other resorts in region, (3) has average conditions for the region, (5) usually has the best snow conditions in the region.
Lift Staff: 4.3
(1) The staff at Kopaonik are rude or unhelpful, (5) lift staff at Kopaonik are pleasant, cheerful and eager to help.
(1) the resort is always busy and there are usually long lift queues, (3) it is quiet apart from occasional weekends and school holidays, (5) it is uncrowded and lift queues are very rare.
Ski Schools: 4.7
(1) No ski schools available, (2) one or two ski schools but local language only, (3) a few ski schools but book early for multi-lingual instructors, (4) plenty of ski schools and multi-lingual instructors available, (5) excellent ski schools with friendly multi-lingual ski instructors.
Hire and Repairs: 4.7
(1) Nothing can be sourced, not even ski-wax or ptex. (3) there are some ski shops but rentals need to be booked in advance, (5) good quality ski equipment can be purchased or hired and overnight repairs are possible.
Variety of pistes: 4.3
(1) The ski runs are featureless and unvaried, (3) the ski runs are varied but not extensive enough for a week, (5) Kopaonik has diverse and interesting pistes including forests and high alpine terrain.
(1) Beginners can only watch others ski and snowboard, (3) a few gentle slopes but beginners will get bored in less than a week, (3) Vast areas of gentle terrain.
(1) No intermediate terrain at Kopaonik, (3) intermediate skiers will get bored after a few days, (5) vast areas of cruising runs.
(1) Nothing for advanced skiers and snowboarders, (3) enough steep terrain for a few days with some good offpiste, (5) Enough steep terrain and offpiste areas to entertain advanced skiers for at least a week.
Snow Park: 3.8
(1) Not even a kicker at Kopaonik, (3) average sized park quite well looked after, (5) huge park area and expertly crafted pipes, jumps and boardercross trails.
(1) No off-piste worth mentioning, (2) off piste is out-of-bounds, (3) some varied offpiste that stays fresh for one or two days, (5) a vast array of off-piste routes that can stay untracked for several days.
(1) There is nowhere to go for cross-country skiing around Kopaonik, (3) there are some cross country trails available, (5) the area features many spectacular and well maintained cross-country trails.
(1) No designated luge or toboggan runs, (3) there are toboggan runs that open quite often, (5) Kopaonik has long and well maintained luge / toboggan facilities suitable for all ages.
Mountain Dining: 4.7
(1) Nowhere to buy food by the pistes, (3) some places to eat up on the mountain but they are often busy and expensive, (5) there is a variety of excellent mountain eateries right next to the slopes to suit all budgets.
(1) Bring your own food, there isn't even a shop. (5) A wide variety of places to eat and drink in the resort, from fast food to fancy restaurants.
(1) Nothing to do, not even a bar, (3) there are a few bars in the resort but nothing special, (5) clubs and bars stay open until very late and have a friendly atmosphere.
Other Sports: 4.0
(1) No sports facilities at all apart from ski lifts, (3) resort has just a small public swimming pool, (5) resort has all kinds of sports facilities, including a full-size swimming pool.
(1) Besides the snow and walking there is nothing to do here, (3) the non-skier will find things to do for few days but may become bored after a week, (5) the resort area is a fascinating place to visit, regardless of winter sports.
Winter Walks: 3.5
(1) Very limited walking and no snowshoe trails, (3) a couple of designated scenic walking/snowshoe trails, (5) extensive and diverse winter walking trails for all abilities.
Ski Pass Value: 4.3
(1) A 1 week ski pass is overpriced compared to the number of lifts available, (3) the ski pass is averagely priced and covers a reasonable number of lifts, (5) ski passes are excellent value for money and cover a lot of lifts spanning a big area.
Value (National): 4.3
(1) Overall, Kopaonik is one of the most expensive ski resorts in the country and not worth the money, (3) overall represents average value for money, (5) overall offers the best value resort in the country.
Value (Global): 4.4
(1) Overall, Kopaonik is one of the most expensive ski resorts in the world, (3) overall it offers pretty average value for money compared to resorts from other countries, (5) internationally the resort offers excellent value for money.
March 10, 2013
Maria from Russia
I visited Kopaonik in Jan, 2012 with our 4 kids (the age 7, 7, 10, 12). We are deeply impressed by Serbian hospitality, the level of service at the resort, quality and variety of the pistes and overall friendliness and helpfulness of the staff. We are intermediate skiers (red, red-black pistes) and we found a lot of interesting slopes matching our level of proficiency. I think that a real professional may be disappointed by Kopaonik as there are not so many extreme black pistes there, but if you are a beginner or an intermediate skier / boarder - this resort is perfect for you. Accomodation was just great (Mount hotel), the food at local cafes is marvellous (and very cheap!), hot wine, rakia, hot chocolate available almost everywhere. The lifts are comfortable and warm (except for the 21st one).
The resort is perfect for kids - they are respected by other skiers and boarders, always get a lot of attention and help from everybody. My 7 year old son, by mistake, took a wrong piste and didn't meet up at the agreed location at the agreed time. I informed Rescue service - they were very operative, helpful and English speaking. The boy was found after 5 minutes and brought to me immediately on a jet ski. Everybody was very friendly and helpful and of course it costed me nothing. BTW, kids up to 12 years old have free medical insurance, so you don't need to buy one beforehand. For adults insurance is included into ski pass.
We have been to Mayerhoffen (Austria) and Uludag (Turkey) before. Austria is also great but extremely expensive (we spent 10 days in Kopaonik, nearly three times cheaper than 5 days in Mayrhoffen). Uludag is fine but nothing compared with Kopaonik. I highly recommend this resort to families and all beginners and intermediates.
February 24, 2013
Robf from United Kingdom
Am a bit puzzled by some of the negative reviews here. There are lots of positives about Kapaonik. Pretty well queue free, superb snow, tree lined pistes, welcoming people and above all it is amazingly good value compared to the Alps. True, the vertical descents are short and not very steep and the scenery pretty rather than the dramatic of most Alpine resorts. Nevertheless, there are some steep stretches that will challenge most holiday skiers and for the rare few that are really up to the challenge there is a fair bit of lot of off-piste through the thinner areas of trees and under chairlifts. I did several seasons in the Alps as a younger man but was sufficiently challenged by Kapaonik while my teenage kids progressed hugely on the superb snow. We had poor visibility, cold weather and snow every day but the short runs and corresponding short chairlift rides through the shelter of the trees allowed us to enjoy them all.
There are, however, some negatives that need mentioning. Flights in from UK are to Belgrade and arrive Saturday but the hotel we wanted to stay at would not take us for Saturday night so we had to stop en route. We are told the changeover day in Kapaonik for one week's stays is Sunday so Saturday night only accomodation is hard to come by. This was probably a good thing as the flight arrived at 5.00pm on Saturday and the journey up is a good 4 hours.
Looking back we did not plan our journey well enough, hoping to rely on my phone's satnav (which would not work). First few hours are straight forward with a motorway going straight through Belgrade and then south for an hour and a half until a brown tourist route sign sends you towards Kapaonik. After that signage to Kapaonik disappears particularly going through the larger towns. Best route in is via Brus which would probably be a good distance from Kapaonik to stop overnight although I have no idea if there are any hotels there as we went a longer way in staying overnight in Vrnjacka Banja. Google Maps seems to pick out the route ok. Last 30k for us were scary snow covered mountain roads although we got away without putting the chains on. Print out a large scale map of Kapaonik and make sure you know where your hotel is. Finding ours was a pain. Even though it was one of the largest it was hard to identify. Be nice to have a local map on the website.
Most negative experience for us was dealing with the local parking touts. We are told it is quite normal to pay about 500 dinar per day (about £4) to some menacing characters who keep car parking spaces clear from snow. They were, however, trying to take us for a good deal more and had absolutely no English making our arrival very unpleasant. We ended up in our hotel car park paying the same but our travelling companions paid the touts who then tried to extort more from them on departure. If Kapaonik wants to attract foreigners then they need to sort this out, it placed a shadow over the whole holiday. This was a shame as otherwise we found the Serbians very freindly and welcoming.
August 19, 2012
Mats from Sweden
We are 2 families from Sweden that spent a week in Kopaonik in late February/early March. We stayed at the JAT apartments which are cozy and and only a short walk from the lifts. If you want to stay right next to the lift area, try Jugobanka hotel. We enjoyed Kopaonik very much, great skiing and lots of different pistes and lifts to choose from, friendly people, good food and excellent value for money. Very few western/Scandinavian tourists still, and the area surrounding Kopaonik is also interesting with many old monasteries, some of them still in use. The only complaint we might have is that smoking is still allowed in some restaurants/bars, but there's usually a non-smoking area. Overall, highly recommended!
January 03, 2011
Dusan Bosnjak from Serbia
I think it's very hard to write a review about Kopaonik. In one word, I'd describe the whole resort as unusual...
The resort itself is in a national park, although, that's kinda hart to tell due to dense development that sprung up in the past few years. This being said, the whole resort is basically cut through a forest. This creates a lot of interesting freeride possibilities. There are no death traps like in the Alps, so instead of being challenging and dangerous its actually pretty fun and safe. You won't be buried in an avalanche, you won't break your neck dropping from a cliff, even the chances of busting up your edges on a hidden rock are slim. The bounds are open and there are no fascist enforcers chasing after you, confiscating your ticket or ticketing you for not carrying the avalanche gear. I've been in a few resorts in the french and Italian alps and i didn't like the fact that the mountains were so barren. This is great when it comes to fog, as you always see dark trees contrasting the light snow. On barren slopes in the alps you get nausea from not being able to tell where's the ground and where's the sky.
The slopes themselves are a bit short and mellow. The classification does seem to be different from the alps, and should generally be colored down. There are only a couple of black runs, a handful of reds which are more like tougher blues, and the rest is pretty gentle. Half of the runs are not exactly border friendly, and you are bound to get stuck on flat. But on the other hand you can make such loops where its all downhill-lift-downhill-lift...
The chairlifts are all modern fast 4 seaters, with the exception of a few T and J bars.
To be honest, Alps offer a lot more vertical descent, much longer runs, and probably more snow, at least on the pistes. But there is another aspect of Kopaonik to consider.
Compared to the Alps, this place is CHEAP! Beer is not 5 euros a glass like it is in Italy or in France. They also don't serve 2.5dl beer like they do in Italy and France. UN should pass a resolution against 2.5dl beer glasses, it's just not right. Polenta (cornmeal?) the poor peasants food doesn't cost 15euros a plate like it does in Valle d'Aosta, but is quite inexpensive instead. You can get a decent steak meal with drinks for under 10euros a head. There are well equipped grocery stores no more expensive than supermarkets in the cities.
I hate clubbing when im up in the mountains, but to each his own. There are lots of clubs and cafes here, and you can get properly wasted at a reasonable price. People are usually friendly and most of them speak English.
I'd sum it up like this:
If you are die hard rider/skier which cares only about being on the snow and you are on a budget when it comes to free days, don't waste them on Kopaonik. If you are looking for fun after the slopes as well as on them, Kopaonik is a good place to visit. If you are in the neighborhood, then by all means give it a shot.
October 22, 2010
Andrija from Serbia
I spent 7 days on Kopaonik. Nice Ski resort. I was in village Treska, about 3-4km from Ski centar. I spent 7 days with my girlfriend and one more couple in nice house with 2 apartments. I reserve it over internet on site www .kucaperisica.com.
Go wisit Kopaonik, no mistake. :D
October 09, 2010
Jovan from Serbia
Everything about last ski season was bad, starting with snow. But we had a great time at one of the hostels at Kopaonik! Log house with fireplace, wine and great food:)
February 10, 2010
jane beth from United Kingdom
Went to Kopaonik with my husband after years of stories by Serbian friend of ours. We are a serious skiing couple having skied almost everything to be skied in Europe and North America. Some places we liked we skied even twice. Normally we ski twice a year and the problem we had was that this year we couldn't. Once it was, and after years of promising to D. it came down to Kopaonik. And what a disappointment it was. It is a weekend resort, two days tops. We skied it all in 2,5 hours and in horror realised that we are stuck here for a week. Our friend was not happy that we did not like it at Kopaonik. Told him the truth and then decided to go to join a group of our friends in Zermmat because there was not time for a second holiday this year.
February 06, 2010
Nesa from Serbia and Montenegro
Some reviewers must have been drinking a lot for sure, either during your skiing in Kopaonik or during writing your joke of reviews.
February 04, 2010
Luca Dylan from Italy
Have anyone ever been to a proper French, Swiss, Austrian or Italian resort? Kopaonik is a joke of a resort. Local Italian resorts offer more on their slopes than this place. Slope marking should be at least two colors down. Their black slope, in France, would not be a blue. We joke in places like this "its not black but dark blue". It is picturesque in a way but skiing is terribly boring. Food is all about meat, after a while you can't take it any more.