Montenegro Winter Holiday – Multi-Active
“This is one of the best holidays I have ever had. The genuine warmth of the welcome we had from our hosts and locals was really wonderful…fantastic local food and adventurous activities.” Joanna McAuley, February 2022
2022/23 departure dates: any Saturday, January-March
Montenegro is not just a summer destination! With high mountains and alpine conditions, the north of the country is fast developing its winter sports with a newly expanded ski centre up at Kolašin. We’ve put together an awesome winter holiday program for snow-hounds and adventure lovers which combines the best of this small Balkan country – our adopted home – in winter.
Snowshoe, ski, snowboard, night-hike and sled as you explore Montenegro’s spellbinding alpine landscape with our local hosts and guides. There’s something for everyone on this unique multi-active week!
Your base for the week is a charming family-run wooden cabin complex, just 90 minutes’ drive from Podgorica Airport and a short shuttle to Kolasin Ski Centre where 45km of managed runs await, suitable for all categories of skiers and snowboarders! Take a beginner/refresher class on the easy slopes with fully licensed, English-speaking instructors. And then, it’s ready, get-set, go for three days spent skiing or snowboarding to your heart’s content. We’ll also visit UNESCO-protected Durmitor for a day at the Savin Kuk ski centre and famous Black Lake, plus epic views as we travel there along the magical Tara Canyon.
Mixing skiing or snowboarding with snowshoeing and community-based adventures makes this break more sustainable. Discover the pristine wilderness of Montenegro’s mountains by foot – a totally different, more authentic scene from the ski centres. Follow animal tracks in untouched snow, then visit an artisan cheese farm and traditional shepherds’ ‘katun’ village for lunch; both joyous places you will leave with full bellies and hearts lifted. Evenings are spent by the roaring fire, enjoying hearty, home-cooked food, mulled wine and ‘rakija’ brandy at the cabins’ small restaurant or simply relaxing, ready for the next day’s adventures.
A late hour departure on your final day offers up the chance to go from “ski to sea” by visiting Montenegro’s stunning Adriatic coastline, just two hours away.
“Emma and Ben have set out to change everyone’s understanding of skiing in this hidden gem…there’s far too much conviviality, beauty, charm and heaps of good food to keep wintertime Montenegro to themselves.” Mary Novakovich, The Daily Telegraph, March 2022
We welcome all abilities to give Montenegro winter-sports a try, from families to couples and groups of friends; minimum age seven (or six for exceptional kids who are used to outdoor winter sports). Maximum group size is eight.
Book to Give Back – every booking sparks a donation to our chosen local environmental and community causes!
All accommodation, ski-passes and equipment hire are included, as well as most meals and 5 days of winter-sport activities! Click on the itinerary tab to find out more.
Your Hosts: Ivana and Slavko are Kolašin locals who have long-provided expertly hosted outdoor adventures as well as delicious, locally-produced meals at their activity base close to Kolasin ski centre. Starting out in 2003, they own their own accommodation, vehicles and equipment (as well as horses!) and work with only the best English-speaking guides.
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This is a sample itinerary – weather and client wishes may lead to different activities on certain days
Day 1 – Arrival and transfer to Kolašin
Welcome drink with your local hosts on arrival at your accommodation, Bijeli Potok. Group dinner.
Day 2 – Snowshoe walking day
After a delicious breakfast at base camp, we travel 15 minutes up the road to the ski resort and take the ski lift to Ključ peak, from where we will start a stunning snowshoe hike across Bjelasica mountain. Our destination is the shepherd’s village ‘Vranjak Katun’, where we will enjoy a picnic lunch in the mountain lodge. After a well-earned rest and hot drinks, we will descend back to the ski resort. This is an easy walk with beautiful open views, about 5-6km distance in total. Transfer back to Kolašin. Group dinner. (we can recommend some excellent local restaurants!).
Day 3 – Skiing and/or snowboarding
After a delicious breakfast at base camp we travel 15 minutes up the road to the newly opened Kolašin 1600 ski resort. Included are your ski-passes, all equipment hire and one hour with a certified skiing/snowboarding instructor (you can spend more time with them for a surcharge, payable to the instructor direct). It doesn’t matter if you are experienced or a complete novice – just let your guide know and they will make the appropriate arrangements! Lunch at resort restaurant (not included). The evening is free (we can recommend some excellent local restaurants!).
Day 4 – 2nd skiing and/or snowboarding day
Once at the ski centre, you can head off and do your own thing on the slopes – you can head off under the watchful eye of your guide – or for novices still finding their feet in either discipline, extra tuition is available for €25/hour (you pay the instructors direct). Near the end of the day we will add an early evening walk with torches near Bijeli Potok, to the view point of Kolašin – a walk of about 1 hour 30 minutes. Dinner is back at Bijeli Potok base camp.
Day 5 – Free day
Time for a rest! If you don’t feel like chilling out, you can jump on the sledges provided by your accommodation to speed down the nursery slopes right by your cabin. Alternatively, we can arrange, at extra cost, horse-riding, mountain-biking, or an extra ski/snowboard lesson!
Day 6 – Snowshoe walking day 2
After a short morning transfer to Lipovo village (one of the most beautiful Montenegrin villages, settled in a valley surrounded with high mountain peaks, we take a lovely snowshoe walk though the pastures of ‘Cegljev do’ under ‘Jablan peak’, and visit one of the local cheese farms where we will have lunch. Dinner is back at Bijeli Potok.
Day 7 – Visit to Žabljak for skiing/snowboarding
On this day we will leave Kolašin at 8 a.m. and drive to the resort of Žabljak via the famous Djurjdevica Tara bridge. Once at the slopes of Savin Kuk, you can choose your sport and hit the slopes again, with choices of four runs of varying classes. Lunch at a local restaurant is included, as well as transfers, all ski-passes, equipment rental and dinner back at Bijeli Potok.
Day 8 – return to Podgorica
Prices: £895 per person – accommodation is 2px in a double or twin room in a 4/6-person shared cabin.
Prices include all accommodation and breakfasts, 5 dinners, 2 lunches, 5 activity days, ski-passes and equipment. Flights and airport transfers excluded.
This is a group holiday that can also be tailor-made on request. Maximum group size is 12.
BIJELI POTOK CHALETS
Bijeli Potok Chalets are run by your local hosts, Slavko and Ivana. They have 3 chalets (2 x 2 bedroom, 1 x 3 bedroom), each with a powerful wood-burner and central heating, high speed WiFi and all the usual mod-cons. Sited just 15 minutes drive away from Kolašin’s ski-centres, it’s also only a 5 minute drive into the town itself and just 1 hour 15 minutes from Podgorica airport. There’s an on-site restaurant for all your morning and most of your evening meals, and helpful staff on hand to assist you in every aspect of your stay! Our tip – take advantage of the freely provided sledges to enjoy some winter fun on the nursery slope right by the cabins!