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Ski Trip to Jahorina with Ski Sarajevo UK

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Ski Trip to Jahorina with Ski Sarajevo UK

We visited Jahorina from the 3rd-10th January 2015 and had a great week’s skiing. I thought I'd write a brief overview of the trip on th TripAdvisor forums to inform any future travellers/skiers from the UK considering the trip.

Our trip was organised by www.ski-sarajevo.com, a British owned company with a fantastic small group of local Bosnian staff on the ground in Sarajevo and Jahorina. There are currently no direct flights from the UK to Bosnia, so we flew from Heathrow to Sarajevo with Air Austria via Vienna. The flights were easy and smooth with only a short wait of less than an hour in Vienna and the stop-over was really no extra hassle, I wouldn’t let this initial hurdle put you off visiting Bosnia.

Our fixer/guide for the trip Mustafa collected us from the airport and drove us up to the ski resort at Jahorina, a journey of about an hour on good roads, winding up out of Sarajevo and through the mountains with great views if the visibility is good. Mustafa was just the best and really turned the trip into something special for us. After dropping us in Jahorina, he returned to his home in Sarajevo but stayed in contact throughout the week via text to ensure we were getting on ok and to arrange our pick-up at the end of the week. Nothing was a problem for him, he's totally fascinating guy on a personal level and he has the driest sense of humour... We decided to drop half a day’s skiing on the Thursday so we could take a visit to Mostar on the Friday for some sight-seeing. Mustafa collected us early from Jahorina, sorted out an extra nights accommodation in a fantastic apartment in Sarajevo, made sure we knew what busses to get from Sarajevo to Mostar and when, gave us a brilliant and really personal tour of Sarajevo then took us out for drinks at one his favourite clubs which for me was the highlight of the trip, totally unexpected and authentic. He was in touch with us constantly via text making sure everything was going smoothly, in a way that was not at all pushy and totally genuine.

In Jahorina, we stayed at the family run Hotel Snjesko and Dragica and her staff at the hotel looked after us fantastically. They made such an effort with the food for my partner who is a vegetarian with a severe nut allergy, the chefs came out of the kitchen at every meal to chat with us, explain what they had prepared and make sure it was ok – vegetarian cooking is not common in Bosnia! The hotel is small and personal, our room and ensuite was perfectly clean and neat and everything we needed. The staff’s English was limited, Dragica’s spoken English was ok but her understanding was excellent and we had no problem organising/co-ordinating our day’s activities. When my partner caught a bad head cold confining her to bed, Dragica went down to the nearest town Pala (there is no pharmacy in Jahorina, just a very small convenience shop which doesn’t sell more than basic food stuffs and toiletries) to get some medicine for Hannah which was fantastic. I also enjoyed chatting with Dragica’s daughters who were keen to practise their English for university.

Jahorina resort is very small compared to most European resorts but there are still plenty of places to get food and bars which range from small and family run to large 5 star hotels but all are affordable and we were on a budget. Two pints of beer were about €4 and a meal for one was €5-€10. You can affordably chill out at the fancy bars at Hotel Termag and Hotel Vucko every night if you wish, we did and we’re poor university students! I would certainly recommend taking local currency (KM) not just Euros if you can as most places outside of big hotels prefer KM and you will get things cheaper. You can change Euros at the resort – there is an ATM which converts currency (Euros and USD) to KM at the Hotel Termag (€20 notes and larger) with a decent exchange rate, however if the machine runs our of cash you might have to wait a few days for it to be refilled so don’t rely solely on this.

http://www.ski-sarajevo.com organised our ski hire and tuition for us before we left. We were able to collect and store our skis and boots at the hotel, and the gear was set up and adjusted for us at the hotel so there was very little effort involved in organising the kit hire which can sometimes waste a morning or afternoons skiing. Our ski instructor Nikola was fantastic, his English was fluent and perfect, ski-instructing was his hobby/passion – his day job involved working for various international aid agencies and NGO in Sarajevo so this may be why! The quality of the instruction was as good as I have experienced in France, Austria and Switzerland so no qualms here. Nicola gave us a great tour of all of the pistes and some history of the areas development as a ski resort since the 1984 Winter Olympics.

I am an intermediate skier and thought the infrastructure and the skiing itself was great. The resort receiving a €20 million investment a couple of years ago meaning that all of the old lifts have been replaced with modern ones comparable to anything else you’d fine in Europe. The ski area was big enough to keep us amused for 5 days and was well maintained, the pistes were bashed nightly although there are only snow cannons on the ‘Olympic runs’ so some areas, particularly at the very top of the mountain where it could be very winding meaning the snow couldn’t settle as easily could be a little rough.

Finally Graeme, the owner of http://ww.ski-sarajevo.com is a top guy. We have stayed in communication via email since coming home 6 weeks ago and he certainly is a real specialist on the country and its history and current socio-economic and political situation. He has clearly put a lot of effort into the company and we can’t help but recommend them. There is no Tourism Ministry in Bosnia and so small companies really rely on reputation and word-of-mouth for their business so you can be confident that Graeme and all of his local staff will work really hard to ensure that you have a good time. I have written this review as a little ‘thank you’ and I hope that it drives some more business their way.

So for what we thought was a 'budget' holiday we actually ended up having one of the most personal and exciting trips we have ever taken - I don't think I have ever fitted so many varied experiences into a one week holiday in my life, from skiing, a war-tour of Sarajevo, trips to Bosnian social clubs and breweries to photos on the bridge at Mostar! Bosnia has really got under my skin and I'll certainly be back. The hospitality of everyone was just above and beyond.

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1. Re: Ski Trip to Jahorina with Ski Sarajevo UK

Easter holidays, our first ski trip to Jahorina and our first with the kids. We had no idea what to expect, we had never travelled to Bosnia and it was at the end of the ski season therefore we weren't expecting snow either! How thrilled we all were when there was snow on the mountains and our rep Mustafa arrived, a great guy and guide. Our children had never skied before so it was all very new to them, I hadn't put on a pair of boots for at least 8 years. The instructors, Ogi and Marco were wonderful, my kids had fun and learnt to ski in the process. Within a few days they were conquering the red runs! The accommodation was lovely and the hotel superb, providing hearty breakfast and dinner everyday, more food than you could possible eat! We made full use of the hotel facilities - lovely pool and treatments, bowling alley and pool table - kids had a ball!

We can't recommend Ski Sarajevo enough they provided a great service, easy to contact, responded really quickly, always very helpful, giving great advice. Thanks to Ski Sarajevo our kids had a great introduction to their first ski trip! We can't wait to return next year.

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2. Re: Ski Trip to Jahorina with Ski Sarajevo UK

can i get the contact Ski Sarajevo i want to visit jahorina in this Decemberto see snow

with my family...i am from dubai they can mange me...

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3. Re: Ski Trip to Jahorina with Ski Sarajevo UK

I, a Norwegian, spent the period 5-12 March 2017 in Jahorina. The last night I spent in Sarajevo. I traveled from Oslo in Norway via Istanbul with Turkish Airlines. It was a cheap flight, so I had to spend a night on the return in Istanbul. That was not a problem. I could carry 30 kg with Turkish Airlines. That was good because I brought with me my own skies.

I was picked up at the airport in Sarajevo by Mustafa, and he drove me up to Jahorina. He also transported me on the return to the airport and his service was excellent. The accomodation in Jahorina was good, and the service there was very good. The staff was very friendly and the food, breakfast and dinner, was very good.

Even if the weather was no the best, I did enough skiing. The pists were good, and I normally used the six seated lifts every day. Since it was at the end of the season I experienced no ques.

All in all it was a nice experience, and I would gladly come back. Mustafa did a very good job at the two guided tours in Sarajevo, one at the airport were he talked about the tunnel which was made during the Balkan war, and the other about the history of Bosnia and Sarajevo. I would reccomend to spend at least one night in Sarajevo to visit the old town and get an impression of the daily life and visit some of the local bars.

Edited: 7 years ago
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We went as a group of males from 18th of Feb to the 25th.The last night was spent in Sarajevo and the rest at the Jahorina resort. It was an unbelievably good holiday and I can't describe how pleasant and helpful both Mustafa and Greame were on or trip. Graeme helped us plan our trip despite many changes in the lead up. Nothing short of exceptional professionalism and customer service. Mustafa was our guide and rep whilst we were over there. I would strongly recommend taking his guided walk of the city. It was a very insightful and lovely walk around the beautiful city. He too was exceptional in the way he helped us day to day and on his tour. I can't recommend this enough to people who are looking for a slightly different, cheaper type of ski trip. We were lucky to have a massive snow dump on the day that we arrived which basically saw us through the week that we were there. So we enjoyed the slopes thoroughly. Everything was so cheap and the people, especially in Sarajevo, were incredibly welcoming and polite. I know that all of the people who came on the holiday had an amazing time and I hope you choose this holiday and have an equally good time.

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We recently enjoyed our second trip with Ski Sarajevo to Jahorina.

If anything it was even better than the first. We were there from 16-23 February and conditions were fantastic. Loads of snow and sunny skies most days. The organisation of Graeme and his team his is top notch. Everything just works. We pre-booked lessons for our 2 families which included kids, first time skiers and advanced. The lessons were great, and the instructors led by Nikola, made sure we all learned lots and were challenged.

Anyone looking for a ski trip that is that bit different should give Ski Sarajevo a go.

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One of the best New Years destinations that I've been. The snow was incredible as where the people that celebrated with us on the mountain. I have some great memories from my trip & can't wait to be back next year! Thank you so much Ski Sarajevo for arranging such a great trip for us.

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Abolutely amazing service from this company. We booked ski mobiles and were told 3 times prior to the trip that the snow was inadequate. We then asked for a last minute replacement trip for 4 teenagers, 2 adults and a toddler and Graeme organized a last minute ski trip and tunnel tour for all of us at a very affordable price. The service is outstanding and the actual trips were amazing. Highly highly recommended.

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Ski-Sarajevo are amazing value. The level of service provided is outstanding, and the range of holiday activities is excellent. Being in Sarajevo city centre allowed us to satisfy the diverse wants of my family -- one didn't ski at all, so stayed in the city while the rest of us could ski nearby. We were lucky with the snow-fall, but even in poor snow conditions the city and region has loads to offer. It is a beautiful place - with an extra-ordinary history, and lovely food.

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We've had a great week of skiing in Jahorina with Ski Sarajevo. Graeme and his team were really helpful and efficient and had everything perfectly organized for us.

The skiing was great for our family, ranging from a complete beginner (Graeme organised for her to join another English family's private lessons) to a few who needed refresher lessons (again sorted through Graeme) - the instructors could not have been better and, compared to paying for private lessons in other European ski resorts, a bargain! Plenty of quite empty red runs across the resort for us all to enjoy for the rest of the week.

The hotel was comfortable with a nice sauna and swimming pool for relaxing after a hard day's skiing. Graeme gave us tips on where to go and restaurants etc, including a bowling alley and pool tables at a local hotel. Our only complaint was that most restaurants and bars were very smoky - but we were told that there is move to impose a smoking ban, perhaps for next year.

We spent our last day exploring Sarajevo, which was a fascinating city. Ski Sarajevo arranged for us to stay in an apartment right in the centre, which was comfortable and perfect for exploring the city.

All the Ski Sarajevo team who helped us were fantastic, from Graeme who organised everything and was very helpful, to the drivers who took us to and from the resort and to the airport and all really well informed and gave us an amazing crash course in Sarajevo history.

We are looking forward to going back again!

Edited: 6 years ago
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10. Re: Ski Trip to Jahorina with Ski Sarajevo UK

Thanks for this. We are heading off in two weeks partly on your recommendation! Can’t wait!

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