Going off Piste: The Montenegrin Ski Season

  • By Luštica Bay
  • 06 Nov, 2017

The imagination conjures the Montenegrin scene as one of sun beating down on the Adriatic coastline. 

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Imposing mountains frame the sparkling blues that are peppered only with yachts. Picturesque ports and former fishing towns whisper untold tales of Montenegrin heritage to those who wander their streets. A well kept secret, however, is that of the Montenegrin winter. It is not a country boasting only beaches but also some of Europe’s best ski slopes. As we slalom into the ski season we thought we’d share some information on the surprising winter sport in Montenegro.

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Montenegro is, almost in its entirety, composed of mountainous terrain, ninety percent of the land to be exact. This offers ideal ski slopes when dusted in the winter snow for beginners and the professionals amongst us too. The season begins in mid-December and continues until ski lifts halt in mid-March. Montenegro's natural surroundings prove a beautiful scene for any ski slope and the terrain is particularly popular with those who enjoy exploring off piste - the best way to see the Montenegrin mountains. It is surprising that the country hasn’t seen floods of skiers and snowboarders since the 1970s and 1980s. 
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There is plenty of deep snow and whilst the resorts are smaller than their Alpine counterparts, thanks to its clandestine nature lift queues are also smaller. This is particularly apparent midweek when the mountain offers space for the widest of snowploughs. After a day on the slopes what could be better than heading back to your cabin and warming up with traditional Montenegrin slow cooked lamb or seafood stew?

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Montenegro treasures several ski resorts. The largest resort is Kolasin with a total slope length of 14km and six lifts. Not as big as other European resorts but this is reflected in price with a children’s day pass costing just €10 and an adult’s €15. The slopes themselves provide entertainment for all levels of skiers having benefitted an €8 million investment in infrastructure, equipment and machines. Kolasin is a centre that has invested in competing in the Downhill race of the European resorts.

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The highest town in the Balkan mountains is Zabljak. Found in the centre of the Durmitor mountain the area champions several natural ski slopes including Savin Kuk which runs 3,500m in length and Javorovaca which, 4oom. Javorovaca showcases 1,500 species of plants and flowers, affirming the charm of Montenegrin nature, blooming even for winter tourists. Its open, winding slopes are ideal for beginners and floodlights gloss the mountain at night for a truly magical skiing experience.

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The free slopes, the food, the unmatched views are just several reasons that this season you should go off piste from your usual ski holiday and try Montenegro.

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