The best tracks in Western Siberia are located in Sheregesh. During the 2014-2015 season, more than a million tourists visited it, which makes it one of the most popular ski resorts in Russia. The tracks are located on the slopes of Zelenaya Mountain, at the foot of which there are about 50 hotels, hotels and chalets. The highest point of the rise is 1570 meters above sea level. In total, Mount Zelenaya is entangled with 15 trails from (green to black) and 19 lifts of various types: drag, chair, gondola.
In terms of alpine skiing, Sheregesh is known for a lot of snow and off-piste skiing. The thickness of the snow cover in some places reaches four meters. Professionals will appreciate the possibility of skiing on virgin soil in the forest. The tracks have the international FIS standard because the Russian Championship stage is held on these slopes.
The ski area is formed of four peaks – Mustag, Zelenaya, Kurgan and Utuya mountains. The mountain is divided into 3 sectors – Sector A and Sector E, Sector South (“Malca”, formerly Skyway). Ski-pass can be bought both for all zones, and for each separately
In Sheregesh there are shops of sports equipment and equipment, a ski-board school and children’s ski nurseries “Nevalyashka”. As well as restaurants and cafes at the foot and at the top of Mount Zelyonaya. Dining room, bar. Bowling center (12 tracks), billiards. Disco club. Saunas, Russian baths.
The ski season lasts from November to May.
How to get there: by plane to Novokuznetsk, and then 200 kilometers by bus.
Issue price: a single ski-pass “Big” for 1 day costs 1400 rubles (for the lifts “Cascade”, “Malka”, “Sector E”). “Small” ski-pass for 1 day – 1,000 rubles.
Krasnaya Polyana, Krasnodar Territory
The original resort village Krasnaya Polyana is located 42 km from the Black Sea, on the southern side of the Main Caucasian Range. Thanks to this location, the climate here is extremely mild, which contributes to pleasant skiing.
The most remarkable resort in the village is Rosa Khutor, which provides an opportunity for practicing both winter and summer mountain sports. Rosa Khutor has 80% of all ski slopes in Krasnaya Polyana. Before the 2014 Olympics, their total length was 77 kilometers, and after the sports festival, the tracks stretched for almost 100 kilometers. They are connected by 5 gondola lifts and 13 chair lifts. This is the largest skiing area in Russia, the height differences reach 1535 meters.
Due to the fact that the infrastructure of the resort is highly distributed throughout the valley, rest after skiing is mainly limited to gatherings in bars and restaurants at hotels.
How to get there: by plane to Sochi.
Issue price: the cost of ski-pass per day depends on the season. Until December 25, it costs 1,100 rubles, from 26.12 to 10.01 – 2,500, and from 11.01 to 31.03 – 1,950 rubles. Skiing for 5 days in a row in the “high season” – 11,300 rubles.
Tsey, Republic of North Ossetia
Tsey resort is located on the northern slopes of the Caucasian ridge (on the map). This is a land of majestic snowy peaks, turbulent and rapid mountain rivers, glaciers and magnificent landscapes, which is the hub of the most diverse ski routes in terms of difficulty.
The resort is located along the gorge, at the foot of Mount Adaihokh, at altitudes of 1910–2870 m. Seven tracks of different difficulty levels are prepared for athletes: 2 red, 2 blue and 3 black. The total length of the slopes is 7.7 kilometers. The slopes are covered with a 2-3 meter layer of snow. The season in Tsey usually lasts from January to early April, and in especially snowy years – until May.
On the territory of the ski complex there is a stable and an equipment rental center; instructors in mountaineering and skiing are working. In hotels and hotels guests can enjoy hotels and karaoke bars, saunas and swimming pools, baths and exercise equipment, billiards and table tennis. From the city, excursions are organized to the protected areas of the Tsey Gorge. The gorge contains one of the most famous historical monuments in North Ossetia – the Rekom sanctuary.
How to get there: the nearest airport is in Vladikavkaz, then by regular bus.
Mountain Moroznaya, Kamchatka Territory
Mount Moroznaya is a popular ski center in Kamchatka, where representatives of the Russian national alpine skiing team train. A breathtaking view of the Koryaksky and Avachinsky volcanoes opens from the top.
Moroznaya offers ski lovers 5 slopes with an incline of 10 to 30 degrees, including one for children. The total length of slopes suitable for skiing is 2,100 meters, and three lifts help to get to them. And next to the resort there is a wellness center.
Be sure to take into account that heavy snowfalls and blizzards often occur in Kamchatka during February-March.
How to get there: Mount Moroznaya is located ten minutes from the airport of Petropavlovsk-Kamchatsky.
Issue price: Ski-pass for the whole day – 1,100 rubles on weekdays, 1,600 rubles on weekends.
Gudauri is located on the southern slope of the Greater Caucasus Mountain Range. And this resort is equipped with the latest technology.
The average height is 2153 meters above sea level. The lower station of the lift is located at an altitude of 1990 meters, and the upper one at 3307.
The total length of the tracks is 50 kilometers. The height of the snow cover on the slopes reaches 1.5 meters. There are 22 slopes for skiers. The wide open slopes of Gudauri provide opportunities for snowboarding and skiing on virgin lands. The lifts can simultaneously serve 11,000 guests.
Professional skiers will love the slalom, giant slalom, super giant and downhill slopes. They are all FIS-certified. Guaranteed snow cover – from the second half of December to May. Despite the fact that the resort is located high in the mountains, the weather is typical for Gudauri – warm and sunny.
How to get there: by plane to Tbilisi. Then 120 kilometers to Gudauri by bus.
Issue price: Ski-pass for the whole day 875 rubles for adults, card for 5 days – 3 986 rubles.