Home Page
News 27 Dec 17

Ski Season Starts in Bosnia Despite Mild Weather

Despite the lack of much snow so far, skiiing is already underway in Bosnia's booming winter resorts – which are becoming an increasingly important part of the country's tourist offer.

Mladen Lakic

Jahorina Photo: Courtesy of Jahorina Live

Jahorina, Bjelasnica and Igman, Bosnia’s three "Olympic" mountains, have officially welcomed visitors for some time now, although the relatively mild weather is not promising for ski enthusiasts.

The official ski season started on Jahorina, near Sarajevo, on December 3 and on Bjelasnica, another well-known skiing mountain, on December 16.

Alongside Bjelasnica and Igman, Mt Jahorina earned worldwide recognition in 1984 when all three venues hosted sporting events when Sarajevo hosted the Winter Olympics that year.

Today, they represent the backbone of Bosnia's winter tourist offer.

Bjelasnica Photo: Anadolu Agency/ Samir Yordamovic

"To use equipment for artificial snow, the temperatures must be under zero, but the forecast shows that colder days are coming, so we hope to offer excellent skiing conditions," Midhat Hubijar, director of Winter Olympic Games 84, Olympic Centre Sarajevo, told BIRN.

"The plan is to use equipment for artificial snow when that is possible – and we hope the skiing season will last up to 130 days," Sanja Ceremidzic, spokesperson of the Olympic Centre Jahorina, told BIRN.

Beside Jahorina, Bjelasnica and Igman, Mt Vlasic and the ski centre at Ravna Planina, near Jahorina, are also looking for business.

"We are proud to be the first centre in Bosnia with gondola cars, and our plan is to build a line to Jahorina, to connect this ski centre with Jahorina," Borislava Purkovic, spokesperson for the ski centre Ravna Planina, told BIRN.

Ski centre Ravna Planina Photo: Anadolu Agency/ Elman Omic

This centre also has equipment for artificial snow as well as night skiing organised on a regular basis.

The new gondola cars were presented on Monday and Bosnian media outlets described the 10 million euro project as “Bosnia's Kitzbuhel”.

“Most of our guests come from the former Yugoslav republics of Croatia, Serbia, Montenegro and Slovenia but a growing number are coming from Western Europe,” Ceremidzic said.

Everyone involved in Bosnian tourism hopes for good, cold weather and above all snow, which is the key to the success or failure of the season. In the past few years, Bosnia has had several dry winters followed by several snowy ones.

Bosnia has registered steady growth in the number of tourists both for the summer and winter seasons in recent years.

In the first ten months of this year, visitor numbers rose by 14 per cent compared to the same period the last year, Bosnia's statistics agency said.

Talk about it!

blog comments powered by Disqus

Premium Selection

19 Jan 18

EU Green Leader Condemns Threat to Bulgarian National Park

The European Greens co-president Ska Keller tells BIRN of her grave concerns for the future of the UNESCO-protected Pirin National Park, after Bulgaria's government approved plans to expand the ski resort there.

19 Jan 18

Vucic Visiting Kosovo to Profit Politically, Experts Say

Saturday's planned visit to Kosovo by Serbian President Aleksandar Vucic – following the assassination of Kosovo Serb leader Oliver Ivanovic – is being seen as a point-scoring exercise.

18 Jan 18

Murder Puts Serbia-Kosovo Dialogue in Doubt

17 Jan 18

How Rich Are the Balkans’ Top Politicians?

Latest News from the Balkans

20 Jan 18

Romanians Resume Anti-Corruption Protests

19 Jan 18

Russia Slaps New Ban on Bosnian Apples

19 Jan 18

Duma Slates Moldova's Ban on Russian TV Shows

19 Jan 18

Djukic Trial for Tuzla Massacre Delayed Again