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HuckleB Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jan-12-05 08:31 AM
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In Sarajevo, skiers hit the slopes again at 'Serb mountain'

In Sarajevo, skiers hit the slopes again at 'Serb mountain'

http://www.csmonitor.com/2005/0112/p07s01-woeu.html

"Five years ago, intrepid skiers tired of Telluride could have earned bragging rights by taking on the ultimate thrillride: vacationing at this war-scarred ski resort near Sarajevo.

...

Back then, the mountain was mostly deserted, attracting a small but bizarre mix of Bosnian Serb politicians, vacationing Belgraders and Montenegrins, NATO peacekeepers, and international aid workers living in Sarajevo. They would spend part of the half-hour drive from the capital gossiping about which ski-school owner was a war criminal.

The boxy communist-era hotels and the surly service from waitresses brandishing menus in Cyrillic hardly evoked a cozy, aprs-ski atmosphere. And a likeness of the old Olympic mascot, a cartoon wolf pup named Vucko, appeared on lift tickets sporting a red, white, and blue scarf that mimicked the Serbian flag. The ambience was intimidating enough to keep my skier friends in Sarajevo away for years.

Today, however, Jahorina is the best place in Bosnia to ski. All-day lift tickets at the former site of several women's Olympic events cost about $16 (tickets at top US ski resorts, by contrast, cost as much as $75), and there are plenty of hotels, restaurants, and cafes. Lately, I've heard dozens of visitors rave about their first forays up there since the war.

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HuckleB Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jan-12-05 06:55 PM
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1. No skiers on LBN?
Hmmmmmmm.
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Dude_CalmDown Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jan-12-05 07:35 PM
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2. Skiing is cold. n/t
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HuckleB Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jan-12-05 07:54 PM
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3. Cold is good.
So is the reconstitution of Bosnia...

:hi:

I wish we had a snowman smilie...
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Dude_CalmDown Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jan-12-05 08:00 PM
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4. OK - one of those is a good thing. The other one I'm not so sure about.
I can't be the only one ready for summer.
:toast:
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HuckleB Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jan-12-05 09:38 PM
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6. Oh, I'm sure you're not the only one.
But here in the northwest, we're still waiting for winter.

Salud!

:)
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TahitiNut Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jan-12-05 09:38 PM
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5. Snowman smilie?
Edited on Wed Jan-12-05 09:41 PM by TahitiNut



All the smilies you'd probably ever want at http://www.smiliegenerator.com/smiliegenerator_eng.html
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HuckleB Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jan-12-05 09:40 PM
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7. SWEET!
:thumbsup:

Salud!

Let it snow, let it snow, let it snow!

:hi:
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