• Mountains

  • Bjelašnica



    Bjelašnica is situated southwest, only 25 km from Sarajevo. During winter, from November to May, snow forms drifts of a couple of meters in height which are a particular challenge for winter sports lovers.

    The beauty of the mountain is augmented by the temper of its climate. It is the result of the geographical position of Bjelašnica within the Dinaric Mountains, its geological structure and altitude. The highest part of the Dinaric Mountains, 300 meters in length, towards the Adriatic Sea, represents a border of impact of two climates - Mediterranean and Continental. Air mass from the sea interferes with the air mass from mountains on Bjelašnica. That kind of interference results in rain and snow precipitation in autumn and great amounts of snow in the winter which retains until late in the spring. This kind of climate specificity is suitable for winter sports.

    A weather station was built on the highest part (2067 meters of altitude) in 1894, which is the highest constant inhabited point in Bosnia and Herzegovina. The peak itself was named after the Observatory. The mountain was named after the whiteness of its stones and snows which reside on its peaks until August. An extraordinary mutability of weather characterizes the mountain so it is possible to experience three seasons in one day.
     

    Igman


     
    Igman is a mountain in central Bosnia and Herzegovina. It is located directly to the southwest of Sarajevo, bordering Bjelašnica mountain and the city of Ilidža. Igman's highest point, Crni vrh, is 1502 meters (4928 feet), making it the shortest of the Sarajevo mountains.

    Igman is a popular destination for hiking and skiing. During the 1984 Winter Olympics, it was the primary mountain used for the Olympic events, along with Jahorina and Bjelašnica. Igman Olympic Jumps in the Malo Polje area hosted the ski jumping and the ski jumping part of the Nordic combined events. Meanwhile, the Veliko Polje hosted the biathlon, cross-country skiing, and the cross-country skiing part of the Nordic combined event. There are numerous structures on Igman dating from this time, although many still bear the scars of the 1992-1995 conflict.
    One of the most interesting attractions is the Ski Jumping platforms from the Winter Olympics. Of note are the many bullet impact holes near the medal platform at the bottom of the hill; this site was used for executions during the war.

    Igman was the location of the lowest recorded temperature in the region, −43 °C (−45 °F). When the weather is right, from Igman mountaineers can see all the way to Montenegro and the Adriatic Sea.

     
    Jahorina



    Jahorina is the mountain range to the southeast of Sarajevo. Its ideal geographical position more or less guarantees three to four months of good ski snow.
    Like other three mountains, Igman, Bjelašnica and Trebević, Jahorina is a popular destination for a variety of outdoor sports and activities. During the 1984 Winter Olympics, Jahorina was the site of the women's alpine skiing events. Jahorina remains a popular destination for skiing, hiking, and sledding, with over 40 km of ski trails and modern facilities.

    Today, Jahorina is one of the biggest ski and tourist center of Balkan. It's just 28 km from Sarajevo. The main road, which is completely reconstructed and in use by winter period, is the line between the Capital town of BIH and the Commune Pale. When you arrive to Jahorina, there are great prepared ski paths over 20km long with four ski-lift and four two-seaters. It can transport about 7 5000 skiers.


    Vlašić
     
     

     
    Vlašić is a mountain in the very center of Bosnia and Herzegovina. Its peak is called Vlašićka Gromila and has an elevation of 1,969 meters above sea level. The mountain is a major center for winter tourism due to its excellent accommodation for skiing, snowboarding and other winter sports. It is also a popular destination for summer and eco tourism with many hiking trails and undisturbed wilderness areas. It is closest to the Bosnian town of Travnik although lodging is available on the mountain itself.

    The mountain gets its name from the Vlasi (as are called the Vlachs in Bosnia), who lived there attending their sheeps since the fall of the Roman Empire. They lived there until the end of the XIX century. Academics like prof. Mark Vego say that the nomadic Vlachs-romanised descendants of the ancient Romans and the ancient Illyrian people-brought one of the trademarks of Mount Vlasic: Vlasic cheese, from one of their endless journeys around the year 1000 AD. Vlasic cheese is one of the best sheep cheeses stored in brine. It is originally made from fresh sheep milk, but also cow milk, and then left to ripe for two to three months. By perfecting the cheese making recipes, the Vlachs passed on the tradition to the cattle breeders from the surrounding mountains. Today, Vlasic cheese is produced throughout the area thus becoming its original traditional product.

    In addition to the Vlasic cheese, there are two other trademarks of Mount Vlasic: Bosnian and Herzegovinian shepherd dog and Pramenka sheep. The shepherd dog of the Vlasi has been living in this area for more than 1000 years, defending the sheep during grazing: Vlašić is said to be one of the places of origin of the Bosnian mountain dog or "Tornjak" ('torni acca' = 'turn here' in old neolatin Vlach language), bred to guard livestock from wolves and bears. The last trademark is "Pramenka", Bosnian and Herzegovinian indigenous breed of sheep.

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