Powder snow, spacious terrains, beautiful nature…
Off Piste skiing means leaving the marked runs and exploring the open mountain without boundaries. Kopaonik as a ski resort certainly can offer a good off piste rides.
As a general rule, if you cannot ski confidently down a Black graded ski run then heading off piste is not advisable (the only exception to this rule is if you are with a fully qualified mountain guide who knows your skiing ability and the terrain is within your comfort zone).
SO THE BASIC RULES FOR OFF PISTE SKIING ARE:
1.Understand your ability level and if you are unsure, spend a day with a ski instructor and they will guide you in this area.
2.Always ski off piste with someone else and make sure they are experienced and preferably qualified
3.Never ski a route unless you know it or people you are skiing with it know it well, even if you can see tracks in the snow ahead.
4.Carry avalanche safety equipment with you, ensure your friends have it as well, and most importantly, know how to use it (there will be a separate section on avalanche safety in this series).
5.Check the snow reports and avalanche warnings before you set off and if there is a high risk of avalanche, always stay on the marked runs
A mountain guide is someone who is qualified to take clients into the mountains in both summer and winter. Primarily they are mountaineers and they are very experienced in all conditions and all types of terrain. Some mountain guides specialize in ski guiding, but not all. Some ski instructors are qualified to take their clients off piste as well, and if it is your intention to ski off piste with an instructor you should check their qualification first.
Rules and regulation vary from resort to resort, but in Kopaonik a general rule is that is forbidden to go outside marked slopes. In other words you are doing at your one risk. In case of any accident mountain rescue services will come to you, but it would be at your own expense, since the insurance will not cover it. And you can always risk a restrain of your ski ticket if a mountain ski inspection sees you (although rarely).
ARESA AT KOPAONIK SKI RESORT WHERE YOU CAN FIND EXCELLENT FREERIDE
Location: across hotel Srebrnac
There is not a ski lift to get you back. You have to have a car to go up again
Location: somewhere close to Bela reka ski lift
Very long ride on the other side of Pancic’s peak. You are finishing in some villages so again you need to have a car
LAVINA I GVOZDAC
Tereain on the left side of Gvozdac ski lift
Close to ski lift Bela reka 2. It’s a short ride and you are getting to the bottom of the lift
A part between lifts Krcmar and Duboka 1. No major problems except the narrow part when you getting to the bottom of Duboka 1
A part under the ski lift Duboka 2
Starting from top of lift number 7 Karaman greben and going to the red slope Duboka 1
Small parts between 5 slopes on Gobelja hill
A long route from Pancic’s peak to the bottom of village Vikend naselje. Don’t go alone!
MAP OF FREE RIDE AREAS
On the map of you can see roughly ski areas where you can enjoy some fresh powder snow, but keep in mind that is only a sketch and the actual terrain does not contain any marks or signs and that rescue service doesn’t covers the most of the mentioned areas.
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