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WINTER HOLIDAYS ISSUE

Bosnia's back in the snow biz

Creaky lifts, so-so trails, land mines -- and shrugs. It's all part of the charm at the Jahorina ski resort.

December 14, 2008|Peter Frick-Wright | Frick-Wright is a freelance writer.

But there are signs of a promising future for Jahorina. There is talk of privatizing it, which would probably solve many of the service and maintenance problems. Luxury accommodations at Hotel Nebojsa and Hotel Termag are bringing in a more affluent crowd.

Tourism numbers have swelled here in the last few years as Croatia, Bosnia's coastal neighbor, boomed.. Soon the area will be able to compete with budget ski resorts in Austria and Slovenia.

Boris Markovic, (no relation to Romeo) who works the front desk at the modest Hotel Kristal, says there are plans to rebuild the Hotel Jahorina. I ask when and he says he doesn't trust the construction to begin on time. "It may be [a few] months, it may be years . . ." He trails off, but his eyes finish the thought.

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If you go

THE BEST WAY TO JAHORINA

From LAX, connecting service (change of planes) is offered on Lufthansa, United, Swiss and British. Restricted round-trip fares begin at $1,369.

For The Record
Los Angeles Times Thursday, December 18, 2008 Home Edition Main News Part A Page 2 National Desk 1 inches; 28 words Type of Material: Correction
Skiing in Bosnia: An article in Sunday's Travel section about skiing in Bosnia-Herzegovina referred to it as a "young year-old nation." Bosnia gained its independence in the 1990s.
For The Record
Los Angeles Times Saturday, December 20, 2008 Home Edition Main News Part A Page 2 National Desk 1 inches; 24 words Type of Material: Correction
Bosnia ski resort: An article in the Dec. 14 Travel section about skiing in Bosnia-Herzegovina translated the word pazi, as "mines." Pazi means "warning."
For The Record
Los Angeles Times Sunday, December 21, 2008 Home Edition Travel Part L Page 3 Features Desk 1 inches; 43 words Type of Material: Correction
Skiing in Bosnia -- An article in last week's section about skiing in Bosnia-Herzegovina incorrectly referred to it as a "young year-old nation." Bosnia gained its independence in the 1990s. Also, the article mistakenly translated the word pazi, as "mines." Pazi means "warning."

TELEPHONES

To call the numbers below from the U.S., dial 011 (the international dialing code), 387 (country code for Bosnia-Herzegovina) and the local number.

WHERE TO STAY

Hotel Bistrica, a luxury hotel with something of a college dorm feel. Amenities include a swimming pool, table tennis, arcade, ski rentals and lessons. Rooms from $79 a night, then increase to $107 till mid-January; 57-270-020, www.oc-jahorina.com.

Hotel Kristal, a smaller, slightly more modest hotel with bed-and-breakfast, half-board and full-board options. B&B double rooms start at about $80 a night; 57-270-430, www.kristal-jahorina.com.

WHERE TO EAT

Etnos Pizzeria, a different take on pizza, with a fun and friendly staff. Pizzas for two for $11.

Ognjiste, traditional Balkan food. Massive meals for $10.

LIFT TICKETS

Full-day adult tickets are $20, with 10-day passes for $140 or a season pass for $326.

TO LEARN MORE

Tourist information, www.bhtourism.ba or www.jahorinainfo.com.

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