Surrounded by the mountain ranges of Komovi, Sinyavina and Belasitsa, the European compact town of Kolasin is known all over the world. It was founded by the Turks in the 17th century. as a station on the caravan route from Istanbul to the Adriatic coast, and today it is one of the two ski resorts in Montenegro, where winter sports enthusiasts enjoy the beauty of nature. Kolasin is surrounded by century-old forests protected by the local national park.
According to liuxers.com, the season lasts from November to April, but you can ride here even with a small thickness of snow cover.
How to get there
From the airport in Podgorica, which is 80 km, or from Tivat, it is already 160 km, you can take a bus or taxi. The railway links the city with Belgrade.
Winding slopes stretched at a distance of eight kilometers from Kolasin, concentrating in the ski centers “Trebalevo” and “Belasitsa”. Mount Belasitsa is surrounded by a thread of descents 15 km long, the length of the main route is 4.5 km.
Two slopes are FIS certified for international competitions. The resort has several lifts, one of them is chairlift, three are ski lifts and one is for children. Ski schools offer their services to beginners.
- 1-day ski pass for an adult costs 20 EUR, for children – 13 EUR,
- 3-day – 52 EURand 34 EUR,
- 7-day – 104 EURand 68 EUR,
- 10-day – 132 EURand 86 EUR.
The cost of renting ski equipment is 19 EUR per day. For 1 4-hour ski school lesson you will need to pay from 85 EUR. The ski center Kolasin 1450 Ski Resort at the foot of Belasitsa Mountain, 10 km from the city, is especially popular. Opening hours of the slopes: from 10:00 to 16:00, evening skiing starts from 19:00.
Treatment and rest in summer
Despite the fact that Kolasin is known primarily as a ski resort, in summer it is also crowded: the city becomes a balneological and air clinic, where the unique air is the main and effective medicine.
4 things to do in Kolasin:
- Ride at night along the Ezerine track, which is illuminated around the clock.
- Attend the annual international Golden Ermine and snowboarding competitions during the ski festival in February.
- Organize a disco marathon by visiting the noisiest places in the city — Select and 66 — in one night.
- Take a ride on a six-seater cable car, unique for the Balkans.
Entertainment and attractions
Kolasin differs from standard sports resorts in that there is something to see in the city itself: the Moraca Monastery, an example of 13th century architecture, the Church of the Assumption of the Virgin with skillful frescoes and rare icons of the 17th century, the churches of St. Nicholas and Archdeacon Stefan. The local history museum of Kolasin boasts extensive ethnographic, historical and artistic collections.
In addition to ornate ski slopes, you can take the time to explore the national park in which the city is located. Ecotourism lovers will especially appreciate the natural beauties, because the oldest forests of Europe are within walking distance. The pearl of the reserve is Biogradsko Lake, one of the largest among the 5 glacial lakes, on the shore of which you can rent a cottage for a few days.