|SKI Center Kopaonik|
To Kopaonik you can reach from several directions. Over Josanicka banja (Spa), Brzece and Rudnica. All three directions are roads with good quality and are regularly cleaned during the winter period. Road over Brzece is commonly used by guests who are traveling the highway Belgrade - Nis and therein lies one of the most difficult sections of Jaram - Rendara. Road through Josanicka banja and Rudnica is used by guests who are coming using the road called Ibar and both approaches are a bit more approachable. Perhaps the least used approach is via Rudnica that is the shortest and tamed road because it is on the southern side of the mountain.
After arriving to Kopaonik, the first novelty that you will notice is the existence of parking place, it costs 200 dinars per day. Of course, there will also be unavoidable local residents who offer their “services” and that leave a bad impression of the mountain generally. Our recommendation is to pay for parking and leave your car in a safe place without undue aggravation. We sincerely hope that by the next year there will be several parking places and all of us will gladly pay 1400 dinars for a seven-day safe parking.
Ski area stretches at altitudes from 1100 up to 2017m and has 24 installations, which can transport 30 000 skiers per hour. Seven four-chair lifts, three six-chair lift, two two-chair lifts, nine ski lifts and three extra ski lifts serving 55 km of alpine and 12 km of Nordic tracks. Last year, resorts had received and approval of the International Ski Federation (FIS) for three runs at the ski resort Kopaonik, which confirms that the tracks correspond to FIS standards. This will allow the organization of international competitions in alpine skiing and snowboarding disciplines.
The guest who last visited Kopaonik 8 years ago today probably would not recognize a large part of the resort. Kopaonik got 12 new installations, 12 new tracks have been created and a good part of existing slopes have been expanded. Existing water accumulations was restored and enlarged on Mali Karaman and two new have been built at Crvene bare. Presently there are 315 launchers and guns on all slopes except at the Bele reka slope.
The only way is to find modalities how to equally load the whole ski resort. The fact is that almost 50% run in the ski center Kopaonik is at Karaman greben. Here we return to the beginning of the story and the construction of a parking place near Suncana dolina, introducing ski bus from Weekend resort to Gobelja as well as the perspective of building a gondola from Brzece. We sincerely hope that the idea of financing 50% from the state and 50% from the municipalities Brus and hoteliers from Brzece will make this happen, as soon as possible.
Red track called Crvena Duboka
In order to show that ski resort of Serbia is listening to wishes of advanced skiers, is the fact that for the first time since 1994, put into operation ski track called Ledenice. As soon as the weather conditions are created, slopes Bela reka, Gvozdac, Krcmar, Gobelja are also opened and maintained. At the top of slope Gvozdac , an extra ski lift is placed in order to enable easier extraction of skiers from the slope. From the 2012/2013 season vehicles with winch was purchased as promised, as a part of the machinery for the ski slopes, that will further contribute to this enviable quality of steep slopes.
Slope Ledenice first time in function since 1994
During the season 2011/2012 for the first slope Suncana dolina has been in operation. The construction of two more slopes next to the ski lift continued positive trend in the construction of Gobelja that next to one ski lift more slopes have been made. So today Gobelja has six slopes and Suncana dolina three. All this adds a whole new dimension of skiing at Kopaonik.
Two new slopes next to Suncana dolina ski lift
For the first time in the history of skiing at Kopaonik, ski resort in the period of high traffic starts to work half an hour earlier (8: 30h to 16:30) and were first introduced discounts for group ski passes (10%) and 15% discount in the promotional Sunday.
Finally, we will try to briefly enumerate larger construction works that has beed done for the last nine years at the ski center Kopaonik:
- Detachable six-chairlift with hoods and heaters Krcmar
- Detachable six-chairlift Karaman Greben
- Detachable four-Pancic top
- Detachable four- chairlift Duboka I
- Detachable four- chairlift Duboka II
- Detachable four- chairlift Gobelja
- Fixed a four- chairlift Krst
- Fixed a four- chairlift Suncana dolina
- Fixed a four- chairlift Mali Karaman
- Additional ski lifts Vucak 1 and 2
- Two new lakes for artificial snow at Krcmar and Crvene bare
- Expansion and renovation of the lake at Mali Karaman
- Completely covering systems for artificial snow (315 launchers and guns) except the slope Bele reke
- Completely new signage, video surveillance, information boards and marking tracks
- Snow Park
- Ski-Data system of ski pass checks
- Two ski tracks for skiers transport (Valley sports and Jaram)
- Snow-guards at the ski resort
- Bob rail, zip-line and tubing
- Children's playground in the Valley of sport
- Sound system, free internet and a new clock in the Valley of sport
- Tool for adjusting ski equipment
- Resting places on the ski trails and panoramic telescopes
Things are going in a very good direction and we hope that next year Kopaonik will get even more water reservoirs and that it will be continued with the implementation of the Master Plan. However it is necessary that other entities of the tourist offer follow a positive trend that triggers Ski resorts of Serbia. One must know exactly their responsible and what are the procedures for resolving potential problems. And finally, to repeat a modified sentence from last year's report: We must all be aware of the geographical location of Kopaonik, that the ski tradition in Serbia is not long, that the mentality of our people, both tourism workers and guests variable, but we have to admit that Kopaonik every year is progressing towards modern European ski center and this must be clearly acknowledged.
YouTube channel with video of track season (High-Definition footage)
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