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Planina Jahorina.jpg
Elevation 1,916 m (6,286 ft)
Location Bosnia and Herzegovina
Range Dinaric Alps

Coordinates: 43°43′36″N 18°34′37″E / 43.72667°N 18.57694°E / 43.72667; 18.57694 Jahorina (Cyrillic: Јахорина pronounced [jâxɔrina]) is a mountain in Bosnia and Herzegovina, located near Pale in the Dinaric Alps. It borders Mount Trebević, which is another Olympic mountain. Jahorina's highest peak, Ogorjelica, has a summit elevation of 1,916 metres (6,286 ft), making it the second highest of Sarajevo's mountains, after Bjelašnica at 2,067 m (6,781 ft).

Mount Jahorina hosted the women's alpine skiing events of the 1984 Winter Olympics.[1]

Jahorina is located 15 km (9.3 mi) from Pale and 30 km (19 mi) from Sarajevo. The international airport in Sarajevo is located 33 km (21 mi) from Jahorina, connected with the ski resort by a new motorway.


Jahorina Olympic Ski Resort is the biggest and most popular ski-resort in Bosnia and Herzegovina and offers a variety of outdoor sports and activities. Primarily it's a destination for alpine skiing, snowboarding, hiking, and sledding, with over 40 km (25 mi) of ski slopes and modern facilities. The average snow depth on ski runs during February is 106 cm (42 in) (ten-year average).

The Jahorina ski lift system was upgraded in 2012 and 2013 with new Leitner chairlifts. Together with a gondola lift (under construction) Jahorina has one of the most modern lift systems in the region. An 8-passenger gondola will connect town of Pale and the ski resort, and open up 15 km (9 mi) of new ski runs.

Winter Olympics[edit]

Jahorina Olympic Ski Resort
Location Bosnia and Herzegovina
Nearest city Pale
Vertical    616 m (2,021 ft)
Top elevation 1,916 m (6,286 ft)
Base elevation 1,300 m (4,265 ft)
Skiable area 30 km (19 mi)
of groomed runs
Runs 10 (easy 2, intermediate 6, difficult 2)
Longest run 2 km (1.2 mi)
Olympic Downhill
Lift system 10 total
(8-passenger gondola (u/c),
3 high-speed 6-passenger Superchairs,
2 double chairs,
3 Surface lifts
1 kid-surface lift)
Lift capacity 10,000/hour
Snowmaking 46 cannons
Website oc-jahorina.com


Jahorina is well-connected with the main transport routes in Bosnia and the region. Ski resort is 15 km (9 mi) away from the town of Pale and 30 km (19 mi) away from the capital Sarajevo.

Jahorina is reached by 4–6 hours drive from all major cities in the region, Belgrade, Zagreb, Split, Podgorica, and Ljubljana.

Mine risk[edit]

Jahorina was an area of major strategic importance during the Bosnian war. Some parts areas of the mountain, including areas near the resorts, still contain land mines.[2] Extensive de-mining activities have taken place after the war.[citation needed] Skiing on marked courses on Jahorina is safe from mines[3] and out-of-bounds areas are marked by skull-and-crossbones signs.[4] The off-course slopes were mined during the war and many remain risky.[5] In October 2011 a Slovenian paraglider was critically injured on Mount Jahorina when he landed in a minefield.[6][7]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ 1984 Winter Olympics official report. pp. 24-7, 107.
  2. ^ Vorhees, Mara. 2009. Eastern Europe. Footscray, Victoria: Lonely Planet, p. 119.
  3. ^ Dydyński, Krzysztof, & Steve Fallon. 1999. Eastern Europe. Footscray, Victoria: Lonely Planet, p. 130.
  4. ^ Frick-Wright, Peter. 2008. "Bosnia's Back in the Snow Biz." Los Angeles Times, 14 December.
  5. ^ "Olympics-Sarajevo Winter Games Venues Crumble into Oblivion." Chicago Tribune, 28 October 2013.
  6. ^ Slovenian paragliders land in mine field (Slovene)
  7. ^ EUFOR rescued four Slovenian paragliders from mine field

External links[edit]

Media related to Jahorina at Wikimedia Commons