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article imageBosnia once more a ski destination as Sarajevo Olympics turns 28

By Paul Bradbury     Feb 8, 2012 in Travel
Sarajevo - The Sarajevo Winter Olympics of 1984 started 28 years ago today, and the Bosnian ski slopes are once again very much open for business.
As the cold winter weather continues to sweep across Europe, the 28th anniversary of the Sarajevo Winter Olympics occurred on February 8, 2012, and the ski slopes of Bosnia and Herzegovina are once more full after the devastating war in the region in the Nineties.
Sarajevo 84 was the first Winter Olympics to be held in a Communist country, and the then Yugoslav city won the hearts and minds of the world with its successful hosting of the Games, and few could understand the descent into the chaos of war and siege only eight years later.
While reconciliation is ongoing and far from straightforward - the presidents of Croatia, Serbia and Bosnia and Herzegovina met at the Olympic resort of Jahorina last week for talks - the recovery of the Bosnian ski tourism and industry is a somewhat happier tale.
While much of the infrastructure was destroyed during the war, there has been extensive reconstruction and expansion, and Sarajevo today offers some of the best - and competitively priced - skiing in south-east Europe. The quality of the skiing has never been in doubt - this was an Olympic destination after all. The proximity of its two major resorts - Jahorina and Bjelasnica - both within 30 minutes of the reinvigorated capital, affords tourists the rare combination of affordable Olympic skiing close to one of Europe's more interesting capital cities.
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