If Bosnian mountains were good enough for the Olympic Games, they are good for you as well.
Often overlooked and off the snow lovers’ radar, Bosnia & Herzegovina is slowly but surely becoming one of the world’s fastest-growing winter destinations. Less crowded and much less expensive than other famous ski resorts in Europe, this country is a perfect alternative ski heaven on the slopes that hosted the Olympics. So, if you are looking for the best-kept winter secret in Europe and if you are curious to find out where in Bosnia & Herzegovina is the best skiing on a budget - Mount Jahorina is a perfect place for you.
Perhaps less known to European ski lovers, but Mount Jahorina is pretty famous among the skiers from the Balkans for the best value-for-money skiing. It is the largest ski area in Bosnia & Herzegovina, and also the second tallest mountain in the Dinaric Alps (after Bjelašnica), with the highest peak Ogorjelica reaching 1,916 m above sea level. Only 28 km and half an hour drive from Sarajevo, this mountain is easily reachable once you are in the capital city.
During the Winter Olympic Games in 1984, Mount Jahorina gained a worldwide popularity, as it hosted the Women’s Alpine skiing competitions. Three decades later, it continues to follow the path of Olympic glory developing its offer and attractions. The ski season lasts between December and April, thanks to plentiful of natural snowfall. With eight lifts, this mountain can host more than 8,000 skiers per hour.
Bosnian true snowy wonderland with its stunning beauty is also ideal for winter hiking. Actually, conquering the highest peak Ogorjelica is not that demanding. Even less experienced hikers can do it in 1,5 hours. When on the top, you will enjoy a breath-taking view on the surrounding mountains. And when the visibility is good, you can see even the glimpses of Mount Zlatibor (Serbia) and Mount Durmitor (Montenegro).
This gorgeous mountain is the most popular winter getaway in the Balkans. With 30 km of groomed slopes, Mount Jahorina offers everything you need – skiing & snowboarding, snowshoeing, cross-country trails, lavish off-piste and great après ski. The additional attraction here is the night skiing. Evenings are reserved for the entertainment with DJs and parties.
If this winter you have decided to skip costly & overcrowded winter resorts in Austria, France & Switzerland, skiing on a budget on Mount Jahorina might be the best alternative. Whether you are looking for an adrenaline or you are just curious to explore a totally unknown ski getaway, this undiscovered winter gem guarantees great holidays.
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