Jahorina Ski Resort Sarajevo
It has been over 3 decades since the Eastern European city of Sarajevo hosted the Winter Olympics in 1984, but what was once preened pistes of Jahorina Ski Resort were damaged during the Bosnia war of the 1990’s. Now rebuilt and with 20 million spent in the last 5 years on chairlifts and facilities, Jahorina Ski resort Sarajevo has definitely come a long way.
Now it is a prime destination to ski in Eastern Europe and due to the value for money a popular place for cheap skiing.
Table of Contents
- 1 About Jahorina Ski Resort
- 2 Ski Runs & Pass
- 3 Overview of the Jahorina Ski Area
- 4 An Ideal Place for Children and Beginners
- 5 Ski Sarajevo Ski School
- 6 Night Skiing in Pale
- 7 Non-Ski Activities
- 8 A cheeky break on the Mountain
- 9 Accommodation
- 10 Location & How to Jahorina Ski Resort
- 11 Top Tips
I was not sure what to expect when I was invited along to Jahorina Ski Resort Sarajevo with Ski Sarajevo for 5 days to explore the resort. Lots of things ran through my mind, will I get bored with a small resort, what is it like compared to the capital city that I have visited.
What I got though was an appreciation for the Sarajevo Ski Resorts and an unexpected pleasant surprise of the quality of ski slopes and how modern the resort had become. I was definitely impressed how the slopes are spread out too across the mountains, so it never felt like a small resort and the friendliness of the people made me feel very welcome.
Jahorina Ski Resort Sarajevo is the perfect place for you if you are into winter sports or you want to learn how to ski or you just want to enjoy a winter landscape. With it only being a 45 minute drive from the capital city Sarajevo, you can combine adventure and history together creating an unforgettable skiing holiday.
About Jahorina Ski Resort
Though often overlooked to other ski destinations in Europe, Jahorina Ski Resort Sarajevo is definitely a resort coming into its own and one to watch out for in the future. Surrounded by mountains, the area offers some amazing outdoor adventure activities. What was appealing to me was the fewer crowds and the value for money compared to other better known resorts.
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Whether you are an expert or a complete beginner, Jahorina Ski Resort Sarajevo has slopes to accommodate any level. Small slopes, long slopes, short slopes, steep slopes, they have you covered. Making a great place for all skier types and levels.
Ski Runs & Pass
With ski passes at Jahorina Ski Resort costing around £18.00 a day and around £72 for a week, skiing in Sarajevo is very affordable for everyone and undoubtedly great value for money. Granted that there are not hundreds of klms of runs but in comparison, this will cost you around quarter than what you’d pay at resorts in the Alps for the week and there is plenty to do other than skiing.
If you don’t have your own equipment, no worries, you can rent equipment for around 10 euro a day, depending on what you get.
Overview of the Jahorina Ski Area
- Despite it only being 35klms of runs they are long and wide in most parts
- 35 klms of groomed slopes (pistes) (Was recently remeasured)
- Two children’s Ski Kindergarten areas with conveyor belts based at Poljica and Bistrica area
- 7 Ski Lifts (3 six-seated, 1 two-seated and 3 lifts)
- Night skiing available in the Poljica area
An Ideal Place for Children and Beginners
Jahorina Ski Resort Sarajevo is a fantastic place for beginners and children to learn how to ski. The slopes are wide enough and spread out that any beginner or child would be comfortable learning on them and any parent would feel safe knowing this. Not only this but ski school like the lift pass are undoubtedly great value for money. Beginner slopes are available at both Jahorina and Bjelasnica where you’ll also find professional and encouraging ski instructors.
Ski Sarajevo Ski School
One of the things I love about being on a work ski trip is that you get the opportunity to ski with some top local ski instructors. They show you some of the hidden gems and the best ski slopes that the resort has to offer. If you are anything like me, you also get to learn new techniques and make some new friends at the same time, making it an added bonus.
Whether you are an experienced skier, a complete beginner, a group or a family, getting a guide can be a great idea for everyone. They can help you improve your skills, make you feel more confident and generally enhance your skiing or boarding experience.
One such ski school in the Jahorina Ski Resort is the Ski Sarajevo Ski School, which aims 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 is what makes them stand out from the crowd. Nothing is too much trouble for them and everything is done with a smile.
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My guide from Ski Sarajevo Ski School was Nikola, we had a great time together, 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 lesson, group lessons or guided ski tours through Ski Sarajevo website and see the team.
Night Skiing in Pale
It goes without saying skiing under the stars can be amazing, especially when the sky is clear and the ski runs are perfectly prepared. If you wanting to do something different with your friends or kids then night skiing is 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 Pale will be ideal.
The custom-made ski slope with state of the art snow machines in Pale is definitely one of a kind and one that I enjoyed skiing. I loved the additional ramps on the slopes and the apres ski bar at the end of the slope. It was a lot of fun skiing down and popping into the bar at the end of the slope, while watching the other skiers.
- 20 Euros per person, which includes – Return transfer and Ski-lift pass
- Pick up is at 6.30pm, with night-skiing from 7pm to 9.30pm
- Usually held on a Thursday night
The capital city of Sarajevo is around 21miles drive from the Jahorina Ski Resort. Whether you stay there throughout your holiday or take a few day trips as a break from skiing, the area has so much to offer. From taking a guided tour of Sarajevo city and War Tunnel to 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 great photo opportunities.
Here are a couple of activities that you can do off the mountain:
Sarajevo City Walking Tour
A trip to Jahonia Ski Sarajevo is not complete without doing a stopover in the vibrant and intriguing city of Sarajevo or taking a day off from skiing or snowboarding.
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 and in the 1990s Sarajevo was besieged and on the edge of annihilation. Step forward to today, the city is an exciting place to wander around in and explore its restored historic centre.
It is also a great place to take in the local culture and enjoy the welcoming cafes and restaurants that are great value for money.
- Organised by Ski Sarajevo
- 12 Euros per person if staying in Sarajevo City
- 20 Euros per person if staying the Jahonia Ski Resort (transfer included from the Mountain).
- Tour Duration roughly 2.5 hours
- Price includes – Local guide, Tour of main sights of Sarajevo with focus on 90s seige (experienced by guide)
Add on – Sarajevo War Tunnel (Combo Tour)
If you love history and want to know more about this unique city, then I highly suggest the War Tunnel add-on. This is considered to be a popular all day tour that you can either do the City walking tour in the morning and the Tunnel Tour in the afternoon or vice versa.
I visited the War Tunnel on my first trip to Sarajevo over 6 years ago now and I have to say I thought it was such an interesting place to visit and learn about. The 25m section of the 1m wide, 1.6m high hand-dug tunnel under the airport runway is definitely claustrophobic when you enter the entrance of the tunnel. It is a great way to understand what they were feeling every day when they travelled through this tunnel underneath the airport.
It is interesting to learn how this 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.
- 30 Euros per person which includes Local guide, Entrance to War Tunnel Museum, Tour of Museum and Transfers
- Minimum 2 people. Lunch in Sarajevo City not included (this is a natural break between the 2 parts of the tour).
- This is a full day tour and must be requested beforehand
A cheeky break on the Mountain
Whether you need to take a break or warm up a little, you will find several cafes and restaurants along the slopes in the Jahorina Ski Resort Sarajevo to choose from. My favourite was Mountain House Rajska Vrata where I would stop of for a coffee in front of the opened fireplace.
It is located in one of the most beautiful parts of Jahorina, Rajska Dolina(Paradise Valley), which you can get to using the Ogorjelica ll chairlift or via the road behind the San Hotel if via foot.
There are loads of accommodation available in Jahorina and since the war, the resort has made a big effort in revamping old hotels and building new ones. You can find luxury hotels, chalets, apartments or B&B style accommodation, there certainly isn’t a shortage of options to choose from. There is also the option of staying in the capital city of Sarajevo which is only a short drive away.
I stayed at the Hotel San in the Jahorina Ski Resort, which was conveniently located 5mins downhill from the Ogorjelica I chairlift and around the corner from the Jahorina Olympic Centre. The hotel had everything that I needed from a ski hotel, like ski storage, strong Wifi, a hot shower and good friendly service.
The half board food was pretty good too and if there was anything else you required then the staff were happy to help. It definitely was value for money and you can’t go wrong when you basically step out your door and straight onto the slopes.
Ski Sarajevo also offer 4-star chalets and apartments under their Gold medal category, which are worth checking out as well.
Location & How to Jahorina Ski Resort
The closest international airport is Sarajevo International Airport (Also known as Butmir Airport) and is only 13.5miles away from Jahorina Ski Resort. Making it one of the quickest and most accessible resorts to get to in Europe.
There are numerous ways of getting to Jahorina Ski Resort Sarajevo from buses, private transfer or shared transfer. All vary in price but to be honest it is so affordable that a cab would be just as cheap.
- You can use credit/debit card at most places but best to get some Bosnian marks from the ATM at the airport.
- Depends on where you are eating or drinking, most places will accept both Euro and Bosnian Marks. If, you use Euro’s they will give you Bosnian marks for change.
- It is mandatory for children under the age of 14 to wear a protective helmet
- If you are driving, there is a car park that is situated near the Poljice chairlift or 5 minutes walk
- My favourite ski run was from the top of the Ogorjelica 1 chairlift down and along slop 6 to the Skocine chairlift.
- If you have the time, you can also take a day trip to beautiful city of Mostar
Thank you for reading this post ‘Jahorina Ski Resort Sarajevo – Combining History & Adventure’ I hope that it helped you in deciding where to ski this season and gave you some inspiration to hit the slopes. I definitely know that I will be going back to Sarajevo to ski.
For more information, please visit the Ski Sarajevo website or you can email me directly.
Have you been to Jahorina Ski Resort before? I would love to hear your experiences in the comments below.
If you want to try skiing and are not keen going for a week or you simply want to go for a weekend then check out my post 6 Top Tips for Saving Money for a Ski Weekend
Happy Skiing and enjoy your adventure!!!!!!
Disclaimer: Even though I was invited by Ski Sarajevo All views are my own and based on my own experience.
Remember that you always need a good Ski Coat before your next adventure.