Bosnia and Herzegovina is a south European nation situated on the Balkan Peninsula. The central part of the country features the dramatic Dinaric Alps which provide for excellent off-piste skiing and snowboarding. The capital city is a short one-hour flight south of Vienna, Austria.
Hiking and mountaineering clubs in Bosnia and Herzegovina started appearing in the 1920s. Popular to this day, these clubs are credited with organizing the first ski trips and lessons.
The first Bosnian ski resorts with permanent chair lifts opened their slopes to the public in the 1950s. A major investment in winter sports facilities took place in the early 1980s. Sarajevo the capital of Bosnia and Herzegovina hosted the Winter Olympic Games in 1984. The facilities built for the games include one speed skating rink and two ice skating arenas, a bobsled course, two ski jumps and a cross country track at Mt. Igman. Two existing ski resorts at Mt. Jahorina and Mt. Bjelasnica went through major improvements prior to the games.
While the tradition of skiing in Bosnia and Herzegovina goes far back there are fewer than five permanent ski resorts in the country today. Most of the chair lifts, grooming and hospitality facilities are outdated by western standards. With spectacular nature, challenging slopes and dry, low-moisture snow Bosnia and Herzegovina is an excellent destination for a low-frills expert skier and snowboarder who is willing to sacrifice some personal comfort for a challenging and safe adventure.