Jahorina Ski Resort in Bosnia and Herzegovina is the perfect place to ski or snowboard. It is value for money, a great beginners’ resort and is family-friendly. Plus it is only a 45 minute drive from the capital city Sarajevo, meaning you can combine adventure and history together creating an unforgettable skiing holiday.
The resort is located on Jahorina Mountain at an altitude of 1,916 metres and is a part of the Dinaric Alps. It has a good number of ski slopes that cover 52 km of runs that vary in levels of difficulty, making it suitable for both beginners and experienced skiers and snowboarders.
Here is my review and winter guide on skiing and things to do in Jahorina Ski Resort Bosnia Herzegovina.
On the slopes of Jahorina – Photo provided by Olympic Center Jahorina
Jahorina Ski Resort Guide
Though often overlooked by other ski destinations in Eastern Europe, Jahorina Ski Resort Sarajevo is definitely a resort coming into its own. The resort offers some amazing outdoor adventure activities, like sledging, skidoo and night skiing. What makes it appealing are fewer crowds and being a quarter of the price of ski resorts in Europe.
Jahorina ski resort typically experiences a long winter season with snow ranging from 1300m to 1890m. The ski season begins in December and can last until early April, depending on snow depth and conditions. Not forgetting the close to 40% snow-making coverage. Another ski resort that has a long winter season is Les Arcs in the French Alps.
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About Jahorina Ski Resort
Sarajevo hosted the Winter Olympics in 1984 and Jahorina was one of 4 mountains that hosted the sports. Bjelasnica, Igman and Trebevic are the other 3. However, during the 1990’s the resort was heavily damaged during the Bosnia War.
Now rebuilt with millions spent on chairlifts, facilities, a snowmaking system and development of the resort has come a long way. Today, Joahorina ski resort is not only one of the best in Bosnia but in the Balkans too. The weather in Jahorina during winter can get down to -12, so make sure to wear a good ski jacket. You can read this guide on what type of ski jacket to buy.
On the chairlifts – Photo provided by Olympic Center Jahorina
Jahorina Ski Area
The Jahorina Olimpijski Centar season starts in late November and ends in late April. There is a total of 52 km of runs connected by 17 lifts that include 4 conveyor belts for children. There is a good selection of blue runs for beginners and red runs for intermediate to enjoy. Advance skiers can test at a couple of black runs that are over near the Rajska 4 chairlift.
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Tips for skiing in Jahorina
The longest ski run is the Skocine 6a red slope which was one of my favourites. You go from the top of the Ogorjelica 1 chairlift down and along slope 6 to the Skocine chairlift.
For the more advanced skiers, the most difficult is the Olimpik 5 (FIS) which is a black run.
Jahorina Ski Map Area and Ski Lifts Overview
- 52 Kms of runs
- 13 Ski Lifts
- 4 Conveyor belts
- Two children’s Ski Kindergarten areas based at Poljica and Bistrica area
- Night skiing available in the Poljice and Novak Djokovic runs
- 1 sledding trail near the Trnovo slope
- 10 km of cross-country skiing in Nordic Ski Centre Dvorišta.
A copy of the piste map on the slopes of Jahorina Sarajevo
Snowboards and skis can also enjoy the new “Snowboard” park that was only created a couple of years ago in ski Jahorina. The park covers an area of 3,000 square meters and offers multiple jumps to do your tricks on. It is located on the Trnovo slope near red slope 9 just under the new Trnovo chairlift. Don’t forget to take your GoPro for all your action shots.
Jahorina Ski Resort rentals
Jahorina ski resort rentals are very affordable and you can rent ski equipment for as little as 10 Euros a day. This is great for families, people on a budget or even if you are taking a day trip from Sarajevo.
If you are doing one of the Jahorina ski resort packages then they usually offer ski rentals at a discount rate. One of the best areas to hire your ski equipment from is at Ski Vrtic, near the ski lift pass shops.
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A selfie with Nikola my guide from Ski Sarajevo best ski school
An Ideal Ski Resort for Children and Beginners
Jahorina Ski is an ideal resort for beginners and children learning to ski and snowboard. There are two dictated beginners’ areas in the resort Poljica and Bistrica which have conveyor belts. When they have built up their confidence the blue slopes are wide enough for turns and are spread out across the ski area.
They are big enough that any beginner or child would be comfortable learning and any parent would feel safe knowing this. Plus ski school and lift passes are undoubtedly much less than in Europe. Meaning it is a fantastic value for families.
- Please note it’s mandatory for children under 14 years to wear a protective helmet at the Jahorina Skicentre
Best Ski School at Jahorina Ski Resort
One of the best ski schools in the Jahorina Ski Resort is the Ski Sarajevo Ski School, located near the Poljice gondola. Their aim is to understand the needs of clients so they are able to get the best out of their winter holiday. The ski instructors’ love of winter sports, use of foreign languages (especially English) and sense of humour are what make them stand out from the crowd.
The best bit is that they are only a fraction of the cost of lessons than in major European ski resorts. My guide from Ski Sarajevo Ski School was Nikola, he showed me some of the best ski slopes in the resort, took me night skiing, and generally helped me polish my skiing skills. Overall he made me an even more confident skier and enhanced my Ski Sarajevo experience.
You can book your lessons, group lessons, or guided ski tours through the Ski Sarajevo site.
Conveyor belt for kids in the Poljica beginners area – Photo provided by Olympic Center Jahorina
Night Skiing in Jahorina
Skiing under the stars can be amazing, especially when the sky is clear and the ski runs are perfectly prepared. Night skiing in Jahorina is considered to be one of the best activities in Jahorina ski resort for both families and groups.
The Poljice and Novak Djokovic blue slopes are lit up nightly for night skiing in Jahorina during the peak season. These happen to be the most popular blue slopes on the mountain. For the children, the moving carpets in the Poljice children’s area are also lit up for them to be used with parental guidance.
Head to either Ski Café Peggy afterwards for a warming hot chocolate or for the apres ski Jahorina.
Night skiing at Jahorina Olimpijski ski centar is open daily from 6 pm – 9 pm and can be included in your ski pass.
Night Skiing in Ravna Planina Pale
If you want to do something different with your friends or kids then night skiing in Pale is a great idea. Yes, Jahorina has its own night ski run but if you want something different and want to check out a different ski area, then I suggest the ski resort Ravna Planina in Pale not far from Jahorina.
The custom-made ski slope with state-of-the-art snow machines in Ravna Planina Pale is one of a kind. I enjoyed skiing on it without any crowds and loved the additional ramps on the slope. It was a lot of fun skiing down and popping into the après ski bar at the end of the slope while watching the other skiers. Night skiing is from 6.30 pm-9.30 pm daily during the winter season in Ravna Planina Pale.
Make sure to wear your thermals to keep warm at night when skiing. I wear icebreaker as my base layer they are a bit expensive but a great product and are sustainable.
Skiing on the night run in Pale – Sarajevo
Looking for things to do at night with the family in Jahorina, then I suggest going sledging. This evening activity is open daily from 4 pm to 6 pm and is located in Poljice, along the number 7 Blue. The Poljice chairlift is used exclusively by sledders during this time.
The sledging run is 600 meters long with windy turns and a width of 5 meters. All you need to do is sit back and enjoy zooming down the sledge track. Sledges can be rented at the Poljice cash ticket office. Remember to wear some ski gloves to keep warm.
Make sure to take your ski gloves with you for sledging (Toboggan) to keep warm. I wear Leki women’s ski gloves they are a little pricey but fantastic for kicking the cold out.
Apres ski at the top Jahorina
One of the top activities to do in Jahorina is to get involved in the après ski scene. One of the best places for this is the hip Olympic bar located at the top of the mountain. Head up the Poljice gondola, and enjoy the après ski while watching the sunset.
Olympic Bar offers food sourced locally, hot drinks and alcoholic beverages. There is an indoor area and a large terrace, as well as a souvenir shop and a takeaway area. The bar is open daily from 10 am to 8 pm during the winter season. You can get to and from the bar on the Poljice Gondola.
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Things to do in Sarajeveo Jahorina
Sarajevo is only a 21-mile drive from ski resort Jahorina. It is a great city to visit if you are looking for non-ski activities to do off Jahorina Mountain. Take a guided tour of Sarajevo city and see Baščaršija Sarajevo’s old bazaar, visit Latin Bridge, and the War Tunnel or take a day trip to the village of Mostar.
There is so much to learn about the country’s rich history and culture and plenty of things to do. Whether you stay in Sarajevo before or after your ski holiday or take a day trip, the city has plenty to offer. It is a great way to create a unique holiday by combining adventure and history together.
It is also a great place to take in the welcoming local cafes and restaurants that are great value for money.
Overlooking the Capital city of Sarajevo Bosnia and Herzegovina
Take a Sarajevo City Walking Tour
Sarajevo the capital of Bosnia and Herzegovina is a compact city on the Miljacka River and surrounded by the Dinaric Alps. It has a unique, dark and interesting history. During the 1990s the city was besieged and on the edge of annihilation. Step forward to today, the city is an exciting place to wander around and explore its restored historic centre.
Book this popular 4-hour walking guided tour that takes in Sarajevo’s culture while trying local foods with GYG tours.
Sarajevo War Tunnel
One of the top things to do in Sarajevo is visit the War Tunnels which I highly recommend. You will climb into the 1-meter-wide by 1.6m high hand-dug tunnel, which was built under the airport runway. Learn how the tunnel acted as the city’s lifeline to the outside world during the 1992–95 siege when Sarajevo was virtually surrounded by hostile Serb forces.
Alongside the tunnel are a museum, a minefield garden and the house that hid the entrance to the tunnel.
Top Restaurants and Cafés on Jahorina Mountain
You will find a good range of cafes and restaurants on the slopes and in the Jahorina Ski Resort Sarajevo. All are reasonably priced and depending on where you are eating or drinking, most places will accept both Euro and Bosnian Marks. If you use Euro they will give you Bosnian marks in change.
Here are 3 of the top restaurants and cafes on the Jahorina mountain.
Mountain House Rajska Vrata
My favourite spot was Mountain House Rajska Vrata where I would stop for a coffee in front of the open fireplace. It is located in one of the most beautiful parts of Jahorina, Rajska Dolina(Paradise Valley). You can get there by using the Ogorjelica ll chairlift or via the road behind the San Hotel if on foot.
Rajska Vrata offers a delicious range of local, eastern European food and Barbecue. They are open for breakfast as well as lunch during the winter season.
Ski Cafe Peggy
Ski Café Peggy is one of the most popular places in Jahorina Omimpijski area to enjoy a drink or a meal. It is located on the slopes, near the Poljice gondola and Poljice 1 chairlift.
They serve traditional dishes, food from the grill as well as a variety of drinks and cocktails. Ski Café Peggy has a really nice and relaxing vibe about it, especially around the massive open fire. This is a great place to go after you have finished skiing for the day for a drink.
Rajska Restaurant & Bar
Rajska Restaurant & Bar is a trendy Italian steakhouse that also offers European cuisine. They are located at the bottom of the Rajska Hotel on the slopes. The restaurant has big glass walls on one side to take in the views of the Jahorina Mountain, as well as nice a terrace. It is a great spot if you want to enjoy the Apre ski after skiing or just want or relax in the warmer months.
Relaxing with a coffee inside House Rajska Vrata while skiing in Jahornia
Where to stay Jahornia Ski Resort
The resort has made a big effort in recent years to revamp old hotels and build new ones. For a small resort, there is a good range of accommodations and properties available on Jahorina Mountain. You can find hotels from luxury to budget, chalets, apartments or B&B style properties.
I stayed at the Hotel San a budget-friendly door to door ski hotel in the Jahorina Ski Resort. It was conveniently located 5 minutes downhill from the Ogorjelica I chairlift and near the Jahorina Olympic Center. It was nice stepping out the hotel door and straight onto the slopes.
Hotel San had ski storage, ski equipment hire, restaurant and bar, strong Wifi and parking. The bedrooms were a comfortable size with private bathrooms. The half-board food and drinks option was pretty good and it was always plentiful.
Ski Sarajevo Jahorina Ski Resort packages to Hotel San are value for money in regards to ski holidays. They also offer 4-star chalets and apartments, which are worth checking out as well as the option of staying in the capital city of Sarajevo.
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Termag Hotel Jahorina on the ski slopes – Ski door-to-door hotel Sarajevo
How to get to Jahorina Ski Resort
Sarajevo International Airport also known as Butmir Airport is the closest international airport to Jahorina. It is only 13.5 miles or 40-minute drive to Jahorina Ski Resort, making it one of the most accessible resorts in Europe.
While there is a good selection of indirect flights to Sarajevo from the UK, there is currently only one direct flight. This is with Wizzair from Luton to Sarajevo. I flew with Austrian Airlines but I had a stopover in Vienna. You can check indirect and direct flights and prices on TravelSupermarket for the best deal to Sarajevo.
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Sarajevo to Jahorina Mountain
There are numerous transfer companies and even taxis that can take you from Sarajevo airport to Jahorina Ski Resort. Here is a private transfer company you can book with GYG at reasonable prices.
Overlooking the Jahorina ski resort – Bosnia and Herzegovina
Is Jahorina Ski Resort worth visiting?
I spent 5 days skiing and exploring one of Ski Sarajevo Jahorina ski resort packages. I was pleasantly surprised by the quality of the ski slopes, how modern the resort was and how far your money goes. The slopes are spread out across the mountains, so it never felt like a small resort.
I do think the resort of Jahorina is worth visiting, especially if you are looking for a budget ski holiday. It is amazing value for money, The Jahorina ski pass costs as little as €20.50 a day for an adult. Not to mention that Sarajevo is less than an hour away, meaning you can combine adventure and history together creating an unforgettable skiing holiday.
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Jahorina Useful Information
- You can use a credit/debit card at most places but best to get some Bosnian marks from the ATM at the airport.
- Here is the link to download the Jahorina ski pass prices for the season here.
- The main languages spoken in the ski resort are Bosnian, Croatian and Serbian
- Ski passes: There are 6 ticket offices across the Jahorina Resort that sell ski passes.
- The main car park is located near the Poljice chairlift or children’s beginner’s area
- There are marketed trails for walking on the mountain in winter.
- If you have the time, you can also take a day trip to the beautiful city of Mostar
MelB Selife skiing on the slopes of Jahorina Ski Resort Bosnia
Best Budget Ski Resorts in Europe
Here are some guides worth reading on budget ski resorts in Europe, if you are looking for other winter inspiration. They offer affordable ski passes and cheap transfers. Otherwise, you can also head to my ski page for winter inspiration.
- Why Monte Bondone is an affordable place to ski in Italy – Trento Dolomite
- Sainte Foy Tarentaise Ski Resort Guide France (Affordable ski passes)
- Best activities to do in Pays de Gex Monts Jura France (Cheap Transfers & lift passes)
Thank you for reading my review and guide on ‘Jahorina Ski Resort Sarajevo’. I hope that it helped you decide where to ski this season and answered any questions you have about the Bosnian resort.
Have you been to Jahorina Ski Resort before? I would love to hear your experiences in the comments below.
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Disclaimer: Even though I was a guest of Ski Sarajevo All views are my own and based on my own experience.
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