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Jahorina

Wednesday November 1st, 2017

Jahorina is one of the most beautiful olympic mountains, with the highest peak of Ogorjelica at 1916 meters above sea level. It is a very popular destination for lovers of winter sports, as well as for all nature lovers and clean mountain air.

The history of skiing on Jahorina can be from 1923. Namely, the first skiers come to the mountain that year, and at the same time the construction of the first hotel with 70 beds ( Šator ) began.

The hotel was accessible by wood, and the first road to Jahorina was built in 1925. It was built by the Royal Army, and according to the order of King Alexander himself, the building of the Armed Forces House with 80 beds was built. In 1933, the first independent ski organization called Ski Club Sarajevo was founded in Sarajevo, and the first official competitions in the alpine disciplines started.

During the Second World War, the facilities on Jahorina were destroyed and burned, but in 1947 electricity and even a telephone connection came to Jahorina, and already in 1950, the union house ” Jahorina ” was built, with 95 beds. In 1955, the house ” Košuta ” was built with 45 beds, in 1959, the house ” Partizan ” with 120 beds, and in 1960, the villa ” Bistrica ” ​​with 44 beds, the ” Mladost ” home, with 94 beds was built in 1961.

The beginning of ” modern ” tourism dates back to 1975 when the first comfortable and modern hotel with 320 beds was built.

The breakthrough of the vertical transport is the first one-hour lane with 102 barges and a capacity of 360 passengers per hour. The starting station was at the hotel Jahorina at 1660 m / nv, and it arrived at Golja Jahorina at 1885 m / nv.

In 1954, the Sarajevo Ski Club was founded, which is the beginning of more intensive work on the improvement of the skiing sport on Jahorina. Already in 1957, the Third Youth Championship of the Alpine countries was held. In 1975, the European Men’s Cup was held as well as the ” Golden Fox ” race in the Women’s World Championship.

The peak of skiing at Jahorina is the XIV Winter Olympics held in Sarajevo in 1984, and Jahorina then hosted the world’s best skiers in alpine disciplines, and the victory of Bojan Križaj in the World Cup is remembered. In 1987, Bojan Križaj won the Crystal Globe in this elite competition.

There were no events during the Civil War in BiH (1992-1995). They were thrown out of the tourist and ski stories, but in 1996, sportsmen and other lovers of mountain beauty, Jahorina slowly began to return the old glow, but also Olympic smile.

The light tradition of skiing has continued, so Jahorina as a winter tourist center enjoys a reputation in the competition of ski centers that have never interrupted the continuity, and thus the upward development line.

Today, Jahorina is probably the most important tourist destination in the area of ​​the City of Sarajevo, as well as the Republic of Srpska and Bosnia and Herzegovina. It is only 25 km away from Sarajevo International Airport. It generates more than 85% of the total number of arrivals and overnight stays in the area of ​​the City of East Sarajevo, and often in the days of skiing weekends Jahorina visits up to 15,000 visitors.

Jahorina is a mountain of the Dinaric chain, with the highest peak at 1916 m / nv (Ogorjelica), and a mountain massif, with a width of 5-15 km, extends south – east – north – west. It is located at the place of influence of the Mediterranean and continental climate, which creates the conditions for many snow days. Winds and fogs are rare, giving them comparative advantages when it comes to tourism (recreational, sports, health), and this season on Jahorina recorded 130 ski days.

Although it is valid for a respectable winter center, it is not known when it is beautiful, in winter or in summer.

More than 40 km, always excellent ski and snowboard trails, suitable for both beginners and athletes, vertical transport of about 12 000 skiers per hour (three six-seater, one two-seater lift, three ski lifts and two kindergartens with the conveyor belt) are the conditions for skiers and they are glad that Jahorina is returning.

In hotels of luxury and middle class, more than 2 500 guests can be accommodated, while in vacation homes, apartments and rooms for rent close to 3 000. Mountain cottages are surrounded by beautiful landscapes, and are located near the ski resort. They are built from natural materials of mountain wood, harmoniously incorporated into the environment.

Gastro offer, with specialties of domestic and international cuisine, is another of the comparative advantages of Jahorina. Especially if it is consumed with some of the local, autochthonous alcoholic and non – alcoholic drinks.

On the mountain there are several ski schools with top skiing teachers, as well as ski rental equipment that are well equipped with famous brands of high quality, with affordable prices.

In the afternoon of the day, Jahorina offers the possibility of night skiing and good evening entertainment in numerous restaurants and clubs.

Along the alpine, Nordic skiing is extremely developed in the area of ​​the City of East Sarajevo.

The Nordic running course and the Biathlon are located in the Yard, one of the Jahorina slopes, at 1350 m / nv. The tracks were homologated (with a biathlon shooter), and several Balkan championships were held as well as the World Military Biathlon Championship in 2011.

All of this was best presented by our Olympic at the 7 Winter Olympics, our City was 18 skiers in the Alpine and Nordic disciplines.

Tourist center Jahorina offers a number of facilities that make it a pleasant one. At Jahorina there are fields for football, basketball, volleyball, handball, small football, suitable for preparation of sports teams, as well as for recreational people.

For extreme sports fans, there are bicycles, quads, paintball, paragliding.

Particularly popular are walking tours, collecting forest fruits and medicinal herbs, while all visitors can take the opportunity to visit the surrounding cities: Sarajevo, Mostar, Višegrad and Travnik.

For relaxation after a day filled with activities, there is a possibility of relaxing in wellness centers where you can find swimming pools, saunas, steam baths, massage salons.

Business people have conference facilities for organizing seminars and congresses, as well as the possibility of organizing team building.

Welcome to Jahorina!

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