Clustered around Pančić Peak (Pančićev Vrh, 2017m), Kopaonik has 200 sunny days a year, snow cover from November to May, 70km of ski slopes and 24 lifts. About 120 sq km of the mountain range is a protected park. Organise passes through your accommodation, at signposted shops in town, the tourist centre or online at www.skijalistasrbije.rs.

Large-scale hotels with restaurants, gym facilities, pizzerias, discos and shops are the norm in Kopaonik, but there are some lower-key options. There are three daily buses from Belgrade (1700RSD, five hours) and one from Niš to Brus (795RSD, 1½ hours, 3pm). From Novi Pazar, pick up an infrequent connection in Raška; taxis cost around 2400RSD.

Though primarily a winter sports destination, Kopaonik is a beautiful place for hiking and mountain biking in summer; other activities include horse riding, rafting on the Ibar river, paragliding, a zipline and tours to nearby monasteries or wineries; contact the tourist centre or check www.eng.infokop.net for details. Prices plummet in the off-season, though many places open arbitrarily during this time.