Ski resorts around Belgrade
Unfortunately, there are no high-level ski centers in immediate vicinity to Belgrade, however, some very enjoyable ski resorts can be found within an hour’s drive.
Every year, numerous skiing enthusiasts are anxious to get to the start of the ski season. Belgrade is no different in this respect. However, this winter season started in the most unusual manner and almost all European ski resorts looked more like summer hiking destinations than top ski centers with kilometers of well-prepared ski tracks. Unfortunately, the same goes for the ski centers in Serbia. Those passionate skiers will definitely not give up, just like the managers of ski centers who gave their best to improve the skiing slopes. However, the weather varies as well as the ski season, whose full operational capacity will start with a slight delay.
For this reason, Novi apartmani will here try to list some of the closest ski resorts that are relatively easy to reach from Belgrade.
Definitely the closest ski track is located at the not so well known ski resort of Divčibare, which can be reached from Belgrade within 1 hour of easy driving. This mountain does not have a reputation as a ski center, although significant investments have been made to this end. For the time being, it has two separate ski tracks, one 900 meters long, which is covered with artificial snow, and which falls under the red category trail, and at the foot of the slope there is a superb Après-Ski bar called DivčiBAR with a wonderful view of the final slope and very high-quality cuisine. Divičibare also has a short track intended for children, about 400m long, of the blue category, intended for beginners.
Kopaonik is definitely the largest ski center in Serbia and quite reasonably, it attracts the most interest of all skiing enthusiasts. Ski trails here are located at an altitude ranging from 1,100 m (Brzeće) to 2,017 m (Pančevački vrh). In the last decade, significant funds have been invested in infrastructure and today there are 24 installations on Kopaonik with a total of 62 kilometers of alpine and 12 km of Nordic trails, and almost all trails are covered by artificial snowmaking systems. Opening of a gondola that connects Brzeće town with the Kopaonik ski center brought a much-needed expansion of accommodation capacities, and the construction of new trails is also planned.
Due to the great offer that lasts 365 days a year, Zlatibor is definitely the most visited mountain-tourist place in Serbia. As far as winter sports are concerned, you can find the ski resort Tornik that makes the central part of winter offer of this mountain beauty. The ski center contains 4 slopes, Čigota, Tornik, Ribnica and Zmajevac, located at an altitude of 1,110 m to 1,490 m. Ski center Tornik is equipped with a 6-seater cable car and 2 ski lifts of the "anchor" type, and you can enjoy the longest, recently opened gondola in Europe that connects Tornik with the center of Zlatibor.
Stara Planina should also be mentioned, the Serbian mountain beauty that is covered with snow for almost five months a year. The slopes are at an altitude ranging from 1,100 m and 1,900 m, and the ski resort has more than 13 km, divided into 2 parts that are inter-connected. "Babin zub" is one of the most beautiful landscapes of Stara Planina, with ski trails in Konjarnik, Sunčana Dolina and Markova Livada. The ski resort provides the Konjarnik 4-seater cable car and the Sunčana dolina "anchor" ski lift, as well as a children's ski kindergarten, while the Jabučko Ravnište location has the first gondola in Serbia that transports skiers from the hotel and connects them to a system of cable cars and trails. A 4-seater cable car was also built within this part of the ski resort.
Finally, Tara, a mountain beauty that, thanks to the Iver ski center, managed by Lotika company and run by a passionate ski enthusiast, the former president of the Serbian ski association and the famous domestic and international director Emir Kusturica (the job he is actually known for around the globe), in the last ten years has developed, somewhat shyly, into a ski center.
There are 4 tracks 900 and 1100 meters long, two of which are covered with artificial snowmaking system. The trails are categorized as red and black and require better skiing technique. These trails are categorized for FIS competitions, so that is an additional motivation to definitely try them.
Due to the construction of highways and the improvement of the road infrastructure in the last few years, a very good connection has been created to all of these ski centers, and they can be reached very easily, comfortably and quickly.
If you are planning to visit Belgrade in the upcoming winter period, and you are also a fan of skiing, we suggest that you pick a weekend and head to one of the impressive ski destinations in Serbia.