Bjelašnica Mountain

Bjelašnica Mountain

Infobox Mountain
Name = Bjelašnica
Photo = Bijelasnica2.jpg
Caption = The ski resort at Bjelašnica
Elevation = 2067 m (6782 ft)
Location = Bosnia and Herzegovina
Range = Dinaric Alps
Prominence =
Coordinates =
Topographic

First ascent =
Easiest route =

Bjelašnica is a mountain in central Bosnia and Herzegovina. It is found directly to the southwest of Sarajevo, bordering Mt. Igman. Bjelašnica's tallest peak rises to an elevation of 2067 meters (6782 feet) above sea level.

Only 20 minutes outside of Sarajevo, is a popular tourist attraction for hiking and skiing. During the 1984 Winter Olympics, Bjelašnica hosted the men's alpine skiing events, where brash Bill Johnson (USA) won the downhill after boldly predicting victory. American twins Phil and Steve Mahre took gold and silver in the slalom at Bjelašnica as well. The base area has several structures dating from that time, including hotels and skiing areas. The women's alpine events were held at Jahorina.

Bjelašnica's base is largely forested, however there are no trees above the 1500 meter (4921') tree line. There are numerous trails set up and maintained by local mountain clubs that lead to the bald peaks higher up. The mountain's name stems from the root "bijel", which means "white".

ee also

* Tourism in Bosnia and Herzegovina

External links

* [http://www.visit-bosniaherzegovina.com/skiholidays.htm Visit-Bosnia Herzegovina.com] - ski holidays - Bjelasnica
* [http://www.bjelasnica.ba Bjelasnica.ba] - official site


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