Bosnia & Herzegovina is known to be mountainous and at times very cold, after all it did host the 1984 Winter Olympics. Central Bosnia is the most mountainous part of Bosnia featuring prominent mountains Vlašić, Čvrsnica, and Prenj. Eastern Bosnia also features mountains like Trebević, Jahorina, Igman, Bjelašnica and Treskavica so it’s no surprise that ski tourism is thriving here.
If you’re a fan of winter sports or just snow in general, make sure to visit some of these resorts! Here we’ll present some of the most popular ski resorts in B&H:
1. Ski Resort Jahorina
The Jahorina ski resort is located within the mountain range of the same name in the Dinaric Alps south of Sarajevo. There are 25 km of slopes available for skiing and snowboarding on Jahorina.
The winter sports resort was the site of the Women’s Alpine competitions for the 1984 Olympic Games of Sarajevo. Additional options like cross-country trails and other sport facilities are also available at the resort. You can also find plenty of hotels, holiday apartments, bars and clubs.
2. Ski Resort Kupres
In the Kupres ski resort there are 13 km of slopes available for skiing and snowboarding. There are plenty of hotels and accommodation options to choose from. The nightlife in Kupres is very rich so there’s plenty of pastime options for all the age groups.
3. Ski Resort Babin Do – Bjelašnica
The ski resort Babin Do – Bjelašnica is located in the Canton of Sarajevo. For skiing and snowboarding, there are 14 km of slopes available. In the resort, there’s plenty of options for food lovers, a club, wellness & spa center and all kinds of snow-related activites.
4. Ski Resort Risovac – Blidinje
The ski resort Risovac is located in the Nature Park Blidinje. In addition to great gastro offers and plenty of accommodation options, you can also visit medieval necropolises, hike around the plateau or visit the Blidinje lake.
5. Ski Resort Malo Polje – Igman
Igman is a mountain plateau in central Bosnia and Herzegovina. During the 1984 Winter Olympics, Igman was, along with Jahorina and Bjelašnica, the location of the competition in the alpine and Nordic sports disciplines. When the weather is right, from Igman, mountaineers can see all the way to Montenegro and the Adriatic Sea.
6. Ski Resort Radusa
Radusa is an up-and-coming skiing destination that’s also great if you’re a fan of freeride. In the resort you can find a motel and a restaurant at the height of 1720m that offers a spectacular view. There are 5 ski lifts serving the resort.
7. Ski Resort Vlasic
Vlašić is a mountain in the very center of Bosnia and Herzegovina. The mountain is a major center for winter tourism due to its excellent accommodation for skiing, snowboarding and other winter sports. Vlasic has a very rich nightlife and is famous for its cheese production. In addition to that, the Tornjak dog and Pramenka sheep are its trademarks.
8. Ski Resort Ostrelj – Bosanski Petrovac
Ostrelj is located just 12 km from Bosanski Petrovac. The Roman emperor Claudius has built a road through Ostrelj in 47/48 B.C. and you can still visit its milestones. Ski resort Ostrelj and its Winter Center features different ski slopes, several slopes for cross-country skiing, horse carriage rides and hiking options.
9. Ski resort Kozara
Kozara National Park is a national park that was proclaimed a protected national forest in 1967. Kozara Ski Resort is served with Mountaineering Association “Ljubijski rudar” which offers renting of ski equipment, skiing instructions, accommodation and restaurant services.
10. Ski resort Igriste – Vlasenica
Ski Resort Igriste is located on the Javor mountain, named after the highest peak of the mountain at 1406 m. Ski center was built during the Winter Olympics in Sarajevo as an auxiliary center. It’s served by two hotels and plenty of pastime options.
11. Ski resort Rostovo
Ski resort Rostovo is located 12 kilometers from Bugojno. Ski resort is served by Etno Village Babici that features skiing activities, night skiing, a ski bar and an interesting choice in accommodation: you can choose between a hotel and etno-village with authentic mountain houses for rent.
12. Ski Resort Ruiste
Rujište is a mountain in the municipality of Mostar, Bosnia and Herzegovina. The ski resort is served by the Snow House Ruiste with its ski slopes. The snow house has all the amenities and you can try awesome local food there.
13. Ski Resort Brusnica – Vranica
Recreation center “Brusnica” is located on the eastern part of Vranica Mountain, within the Municipality of Fojnica. The center offers 5 kilometers of trails of different categories, from recreational to competitive. It offers accommodation, ski bars and hiking options.