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Winter sports fans in the Balkans know the endless opportunities to don their skis or dig out snowboards in Bosnia. The Diarnic Alps curve into the country, giving plenty of peaks above 1,000 metres (3,280 feet). Tourists can reach affordable resorts, such as Jahorina and Babin Do, within an hour of Sarajevo or head to more remote ones in eastern parts of the country. Here are five of the top ski resorts in Bosnia for all levels of ability.
Vlasic, in central Bosnia, combines skiing with an active nightlife and other winter activities, including snowboarding, snowshoeing and hiking. Paljenik, the tallest peak accessible only on foot, reaches 1,943 metres (6,375 feet). Ski lifts are limited, and you may feel like information is difficult to come by, but the slopes and chances for off-piste adventures offer an attractive compensation. A highlight is the opportunity to go night skiing on Wednesdays, Fridays and Saturdays.
Opening hours: 9:00am to 4:00pm
Address: Vlasic, Travnik, Bosnia and Herzegovina. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Sarajevo’s Bjelasnica on Olympic Mountain is the largest ski resort in central Bosnia, attracting everyone from the novice to pros. Trails reach a total distance of 14 kilometres (8.7 miles) over eight slopes, each with a ski lift, from easy to black as well as valley runs. The altitude change is almost 800 metres (2,625 feet), which creates a few steep slopes for the experienced and adrenaline junkies.
Babin do is just 30 kilometres (18.7 miles) from the capital. Sarajevian families bring their children for the Baby Ski Park to learn from trained instructors. This makes it one of the best places to ski in Bosnia for families.
Opening hours: 9:00am to 4:00pm.
Address: Bjelašnica, Babin do, Trnovo, Bosnia and Herzegovina. Tel: +387 33 71 46 46.