Eastern Europe ski slopes in Jahorina ski resort, Sarajevo

Jahorina Ski Resort Sarajevo – Guide & Information (Updated)

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.

Snowboarder launches off jump in Ski Sarajevo Jahorina - Skiing

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.

Skiers riding the chairlift in Jahorina ski resort

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. 

Map of the ski runs in Jahorina

A copy of the piste map on the slopes of Jahorina Sarajevo

Snowboard Park

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.

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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.

√  Check out Ski and Snowboard for a great selection of ski equipment with huge discounts online. 

Mel B and her guide at he top of the ski run

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.  

Children enjoying the beginner ski runs in the Bonsia Ski Resort

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. 

Looking down the night ski run - Sarajevo

Skiing on the night run in Pale – Sarajevo

Non-Ski Activities

Sledging

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.

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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.

√  Check out Ski and Snowboard for a great selection of cool sunglasses and ski goggles for aprés ski on the Jahorina mountain.

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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 Sarajevo from the surrounding mountains

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.

House Rajska Vrata enjoying a coffee at the best restaurant in Jahornia Ski Resort

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.

Hotel San

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.

Check Jahorina ski resort rentals and availability here on the Mountain. 

Termag Hotel Jahorina, a gem in Eastern Europe ski resort

Termag Hotel Jahorina on the ski slopes – Ski door-to-door hotel Sarajevo

How to get to Jahorina Ski Resort

Sarajevo Airport

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.

Snow covered ski fields of Jahorina Sarajevo

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.

If you or someone you know is unsure about skiing with a Pacemaker or Defibrillator (ICD). Then I suggest taking a read of this informative article on skiing with a device

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

 Jahorina Ski Review - Skiing Winter Bonsina

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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58 thoughts on “Jahorina Ski Resort Sarajevo – Guide & Information (Updated)

  1. Suze - Luxury Columnist says:

    Sarajevo sounds like a great place to go skiing – I’d certainly be interested in visiting!

  2. krista says:

    WOw these photos are fantastic! I have heard wonderful things about Sarajevo but never about the skiing! this makes me want to hit the slopes! great piece!

  3. Medha Verma says:

    Ah, I didn’t think of Sarajevo is a skiing place but its good to know. I am not a skier myself but I do love the snow and I love trying other snow related activities such as tubing, sledging, etc. Do they have other such activities as well or is it mostly for skiing? I think it might be time I got myself to learn how to ski!

  4. Dada says:

    Jahorina ski resort in Sarajevo sounds like a hidden gem for ski lovers with a low budget! It might not be the most wow ski resort but for that price it looks impressive enough! And I am sure it must much less crowded so you must feel like having the slope for yourself! I am not a skier…not even a beginner but I can definitely see myself learn to ski at Jahorina ski resort! If I, lets say give up after a day of skiing, I can always explore Sarajevo and the Mostar! It sound very childfriendly too so it would be perfect for my daughter! I will pin it to my wish list board!

  5. Lisa says:

    This looks like a great, and very affordable place to ski! I think some of the resorts around Europe can be so expensive, and less about the skiing sometimes. Jahorina looks incredible, and I like that it’s in Sarajevo too. These places are lesser known, and for true skiing fans, they should try these slopes out too!

  6. Iulia says:

    I did not know that ski is such a common activity in Bosnia, but it is a nice surprise to see how well organized and welcoming is the Jahorina Ski Resort. I haven’t been skiing in a while, due to a bad knee, so I would most likely need the help of an instructor 🙂 It is also nice that there are so many activities around the ski resort, for those hours where you manage to get off your skis 🙂 I would like to do a tour of the tunnels, as I heard that it played an important role in the history. Very interesting article!

    • Melbtravel says:

      This is such an interesting place and I really enjoyed it. The slopes were fun and the people were super nice. The fact you can do a tour as well as skiing is definitely uniquie

  7. Heidi says:

    I don’t ski but it looks like an awesome place to learn. I think here in the US many people still picture Sarajevo as being a war-torn place, which helps keep the tourist out 😉 I would really love to give snowtubing a shot, so I’m telling hubby that we have to go!

  8. Yukti says:

    Sarajevo’s ski resort looks perfect for budget travelers and also a beautiful option in winters. Sarajevo city itself is beautiful with rich history and culture for not ski lovers. As they provide instructors at pocket friendly prices, I would learn skiing here. Loved your pictures specially snow clad pine trees ones.

  9. Amanda Kendle says:

    Wow, this looks amazing! Never thought of skiing in Sarajevo but it looks gorgeous and of course really affordable too. I *nearly* went to Sarajevo, but had trouble getting across the border from Croatia (our car needed some special insurance) and it took a couple of extra days before we could cross and then we only had time to visit Mostar. Maybe I need to return to Sarajevo in winter instead.

    • Melbtravel says:

      I did a road trip from Croatia through Bosnia and Montenegro and loved it. It was one of my favourite trips ever. You should definitely head back and see Sarajevo and take a trip up to the ski fields for a least a few days.

  10. John H says:

    I never knew you could ski in Sarajevo. How cool does this resort look. I would definitely be keen to head there for a long weekend.

  11. David S says:

    I never thought about skiing in Bosnia but with those prices that would be great to take the kids so they could learn.

  12. Mimi & Mitch says:

    Oh my, 20 Euros per person is quite great price! Never thought Sarajevo as a Ski spot at all and would love to try it out. In saying that we snowboard and have no idea how to ski, would be great to learn it there considering it won’t be extremely crowded!

  13. Eloise says:

    I had no idea you could ski near Sarajevo! I enjoyed reading about your experience there. I’m not a huge fan of skiing so I’d be very keen to do a ski trip in a region where there are other things to explore rather than staying in ski resorts all week. And you mention it’s cheap. It sounds perfect and I’ll keep it in mind if I have the opportunity to travel to Europe during winter. Thank you for sharing!

    • Melbtravel says:

      This is definitely a great place to go to if you don’t ski and want to try for the day. You can definitely travel to other others too from there like Mostar

  14. Laura says:

    How beautiful! I love that they have night skiing, and the city tours look incredible. I will have to look into visiting!

  15. Cat Smith says:

    We’ve travelled to Eastern Europe a couple of times and never realised that Sarajevo was good for skiing! It sounds like a great place to learn as it seems a lot cheaper than all the places in France and Switzerland. Will bear this in mind as a winter trip sounds like a cool idea!

  16. Bernie says:

    The infrastructure looks great with really well designed facilities and plenty to do. I loved the conveyor belt for the children’s ski school. The night run sounds beautiful! I’ve never been to the Tunnel, but that must be a really evocative experience and scary at the same time thinking back to all that prompted its creation.

    • Melbtravel says:

      This is truly a lovely ski resort and I was super impressed with the newer chairlifts and places to go. I also like the fact that you don’t just have to ski that you can do other things as well.

  17. Vibeke J says:

    This looks so much fun. Going to ski-resorts are very common in Norway (my home country) I have never been a fan really but I am sure it is fun going with a group of friends. Jahorina ski resort looks amazing and so luxurious. I haven’t thought about Sarajevo being a good place for that. Learnt something new today 😀 Would love to check ito ut 😀

    • Melbtravel says:

      This is a great place if you want to ski or want to just enjoy nature. The best bit is that you are not stuck on the mountain that you can also visit the captial too. Btw Norway is such a beautiful place.

  18. Candy says:

    I broke my wrist snowboarding and have been afraid to try winter activities again, but this resort is making me want to give it another try. I also love learning about history and the Sarajevo War Tunnel sounds so interesting!

    • Melbtravel says:

      This is a great place for you to build back up your confidence, as the slopes are wide and easier today and don’t have to worry about other people. When you have enough you can pop into one of the many bars and enjoy the very good cheap wine or beer 🙂

  19. Sandy N Vyjay says:

    Sarajevo looks like a white wonderland. Great to know that the tragic war memories are a thing of the past. The Jahorina resort looks like a perfect winter getaway for families. What I really like is the facilities available for children and beginners to Skiing.

  20. Ilana says:

    Never heard about this ski resort. Actually, you rarely associate Bornia-Herzegovina with winter sports…Good to know, as I want to visit Sarajevo soon, and all I have in mind is a bridge and some historical spots.

    • Melbtravel says:

      Oh you will have to add Jahorina to your Sarajevo list, as it is only 13miles (or something like that) drive away. Cabs are super cheap so you could even get one there.

  21. Rohini says:

    Sarajevo looks like a great place to go skiing . Good that you have highlighted the things other than skiing as well. I loved the wlaking tour, would defnitely love to take it

  22. Meagan says:

    Sarajevo looks beyond stunning – amazing pictures!! Serious travel goals right now. Love the idea of that walking tour – and anything that doesn’t involve me being a disaster on skis… hahahaha

  23. Tom says:

    I did not know there were there ski resorts in Sarajevo and those ski fields look pretty good. Might have to check it out.

  24. Cristina Luisa says:

    Wow. There are so many awesome things to do in Jahorina, Sarajevo. I’ve never been to Bosnia and Herzegovina, but this inspires me to return to Eastern Europe. Skiing at night sounds so thrilling and scary at the same time. Thanks for sharing, and happy travels!

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