If you happen to visit Banja Luka, the least known European capital, during the winter months, and you are wondering if there are any ski resorts nearby, the answer is – yes. Only 50 km from Banja Luka, one can find Mt. Kozara, Bosnian northernmost ski resort. Being the sole ski area in northern Bosnia & Herzegovina, Mt. Kozara attracts ski lovers from the broader region. This ski resort actually belongs to Kozara National Park, widely known as an aerial spa. While skiing is what makes this destination distinctive in winter, many other sports activities are available during the rest of the year.
Straddled by four amazing rivers – Sava, Una, Sana and Vrbas, Kozara National Park is situated in the northwestern region of Bosnia & Herzegovina. With its highest peak Lisina (978 m), it encompasses deciduous and coniferous forests, valleys, meadows, mountain springs and the abundance of flora and fauna. Whether it be hiking, climbing, biking, hunting or just walking and herb picking - Mt. Kozara is your ticket to unforgettable nature experience. National Park Kozara is a health resort, unique for a fast process of regeneration of red blood cells. This is the place where you can breathe in the fresh air of the wonderful forests while engaging in various activities.
Ski resort on Mt. Kozara, with a total of 1800 m of trails and a capacity of 2850 skiers per hour, belongs to rather small ski destinations in Bosnia & Herzegovina. Nevertheless, it offers almost all the pleasures of winter sports, including night skiing. There are three ski runs – two of them are for experienced skiers and one for children. One ski slope is 900 m long, and it is equipped with an anchor ski lift with a total capacity of 1500 skiers per hour. The second ski run, 700 m long, is served by a ski lift whose capacity is 900 skiers per hour. This ski run is illuminated, so it is ideal for night skiing. The ski slope for children is 200 m long and equipped with a mini ski lift that transports 450 skiers per hour. If you are coming for a one-day trip from Banja Luka, don’t worry since it is possible to rent the ski equipment.
So, whether a novice or experienced skier, you can enjoy skiing in Mt. Kozara, Bosnian northernmost ski resort. Even if there is no enough snow, the snow cannons will cover the entire ski runs with the artificial snow. If you decide to stay longer on Mt. Kozara, keep in mind that you have the choice between the hotel accommodation and bungalows, but it is desirable to book it in advance. Who knows, you might decide to come back to this modest but gorgeous mountain.
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