When you plan your trip to Mostar, the pearl of Bosnia & Herzegovina, you might think that it is best to visit it during spring or summer. Exceptionally agreeable Mediterranean climate makes Mostar the warmest city in Bosnia & Herzegovina, but also one of Europe’s sunniest places. However, Mostar is an all-year-round destination that can perfectly satisfy all winter joy lovers as well. In the proximity of this spending city, you will find two ski resorts and one winter hiking paradise. So, interested to discover where to ski around Mostar? Then keep reading.
Some 70 km from Mostar, in the hearth of Herzegovina, nature has created a unique mountainous pearl Blidinje, where one can relax both body and soul. Blidinje Nature Park is located on a large area of two mountain chains Čvrsnica and Vran. Both mountain giants (above 2,000 m of altitude) of surreal natural beauty attract and impress every visitor. They are wild and powerful, loaded with history, and mirrored at the stunning Blidinje Lake, that is nestled between the two. Within the Blidinje Nature Park, at the altitude of 1250 m, one can find ski resort Risovac. Covering the area of 30,000 m2, this resort has 4 km of blue, red and green ski slopes. Whether you choose skiing, snowboarding, sledging, an extraordinary winter idyll is awaiting you.
Renowned for its traditional cuisine, this ski resort is a true gastronomic paradise, which will perfectly complement your sports activities. An insider’s tip would be to try boiled lamb from the local meadows, a selection of traditional cheeses, accompanied by top-notch regional wines and local Rakia made with the fruits of Bosnian pine (Bosnia & Herzegovina is the largest habitat of it in Europe).
Ski resort Rujište is situated on the outskirts of Mt. Prenj and Velež, only 18 km from Mostar. This is both a summer and a winter destination since Rujište is also the starting point for those who want to conquer Mt. Prenj. This cozy resort lies between 1 052 m and 1 175 m of altitude, and it has a ski run of 1 100 m, as well as one ski-lift. Perhaps modest in terms of length of ski slopes, this place still offers a possibility for sledding, cycling, hiking and even night skiing. Actually, their night parties are well-known in the region.
A particularity of this resort is its oxygen concentration, exceptionally rich in this part of the world. Not only the altitude of 1000 m above the sea level but also the coniferous trees of Bosnian pine, an endemic white-bark species, make Rujište a sort of aerial spa. No wonder that it remains a popular area all year round.
Just like Olympic Sarajevo mountains, this part of Bosnia & Herzegovina has something to offer for every type of winter activity. Now that you know where to ski around Mostar, perhaps you are wondering if you could climb some icy peaks here. Of course! For those less interested in skiing but more in winter hiking, an impressive Mount Prenj, also known as “Bosnian Himalayas”, is waiting to be conquered.
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