Modern ski lift, ski slopes in good condition , various accommodation are just some of the reasons for wintering in Bosnia and Hercegovina.
Bosnia and Herzegovina is a mountainous country with a wide range of winter sports with olympic mountains, cozy atmosphere, great resorts that guarantee you an active vacation.
Central Bosnia is the most mountainous part of the country, with well-known mountains such as Vlašić, Čvrsnica and Prenj. Eastern Bosnia is also rich with mountains like Trebevic, Jahorina, Igman, Bjelasnica and Treskavica, so it’s no surprise that ski tourism has been booming in these places lately.
Sarajevo – Olympic city
At the time, Sarajevo was one of the 12 cities which hosted Winter Olympic Games which is enough to say about Sarajevo’s offer. The surrounding mountains are the most popular destinations for locals as well as tourists.
The trails at “Babin Do” are one of the top European ski trails. This ski resort has eight ski trails and five children’s trails, 3 Chairlifts and 5 Ski lifts, that lead to the top point of Bjelašnica mountain, which is 2067 meters above sea level.
Parts of the trail are lit with high quality competition lightning for night skiing; Ski center also has an installed system for artificial snow.
The modernization of vertical transport, beside 6-seat Chairlift, also includes 4-seat Chairlift from “Međustanica” (Cross-station) to the very top of the Bjelašnica mountain.
Ski rent and service are located near the “Benneton” target house. “Babin Do” has a big parking with more than 1.200 parking spots.
Igman is a mountain with extremely high concentration of ozone, and as an air spa it is extremely suitable for sport team training. During the Olympics, “Veliko polje” was a place where the competition for Nordic disciplines were held, and along with Bjelašnica it has around 50 km long trails for Nordic running and 160 marked trails for hill cycling. At Igman there is “Mrazište” (appearance of thermal inversion), and the lowest temperature of -43,5°C has been recorded in January 1963.
“Malo polje” is situated in a quiet valley, which is why it’s an ideal location for ski-schools for kids. At “Malo Polje” there is 5 baby ski lifts. For older and experienced kids there is a 2-seat chairlift.
For Olympics needs at “Malo Polje” there has been constructed 2 jumps of 70 and 90 meters that are currently not in function. Also, there are 6 children’s ski trails and one trail for adults.
The Jahorina ski resort is located within the mountain range of the same name in the Dinaric Alps south of Sarajevo. The winter sports resort was the site of the Women’s Alpine competitions for the 1984 Olympic Games of Sarajevo. There are slopes of all difficulty levels here. The usually high levels of natural snowfall are complemented by artificial snow production equipment. Floodlighting enables night skiing. Cross-country trails and other sport facilities offer additional options in the Jahorina winter sports resort. Hotels, holiday apartments, bars and clubs are all found at the ski resort – and the city of Sarajevo is also very close by.
The Vlašić is a high mountain ridge than dominates its surroundings like a giant fortress. With its forests, pastures and numerous springs it is a tourist site of major importance in the region. The highest peak is called Paljenik and rises up to 1943 m (6375ft) above sea level. Mt. Devecani (1760m) and Mt. Galica with their numerous well marked routes are attractive targets for mountaineers. On the Babanovac (1260m) which is linked to Travnik by a 20km macadamised road, there used to bi a well known centre of winter sports with 6 ski lifts, 15 km of cross-country skiing trails and 4 ski jumps.
The long and bare valley of Kupresko Polje creates harsh winter conditions. It also makes Kupres a main winter recreation destination in this part of Bosnia and Herzegovina.
On the mountainous region of Kakanj, only twenty kilometers from the city center is the famous Ponijeri picnic area. At an altitude of 1200 meters, Ponijeri is an excursion site that offers the possibility of a pleasant in winter, and because of the altitude it is also an air spa, ideal for rest and recreation.
The Ponieri Excursion Area is rich in diverse flora, which enables the picking of mushrooms, medicinal plants and forest fruits.
In the winter months Ponijeri is an ideal sledding and ski resort. Then there is a ski lift of 1100 meters in length, with a well-maintained ski slope and 300 meters of ski lift, intended for beginners. In winter, the average snowfall is about 100 cm. There are several cozy restaurants near the ski lift and two guesthouses providing accommodation. It is important to point out that the road from Kakanj to Ponijere is paved and maintained on a regular basis.
In winter, the average snowfall is about 100 cm