Enjoy Spectacular Skiing in Russia
As the host country for the 2014 Winter Olympics, Russia has been drawn to the attention of the international snow skiing community, which may very well mean more business for the country’s numerous ski resorts and areas, the most prominent of which includes Dombaj, Krasnaya Polyana, Kvan, Loujki, Mount Cheget, Mount Elbrus, Baikalsk, Ohta Park, Shukolovo, Volen and Sheregesh.
With direct access to twelve ski lifts, moving 5,000 skiers and snowboarders per hour, and pistes above 2,500 meters, Dombaj ski resort generally has good snow coverage throughout the skiing season. Located in the Teberdinsky Nature Reserve at an altitude of 1,600 meters above sea level, the resort has up to 12.5 miles of runs, as well as back-country skiing and six heli-skiing routes.
Mount Elbrus, in the Central Caucasus Mountains of Russia, is the highest mountain in Europe, and it is on the slopes of this majestic mountain and neighboring Mount Cheget in the Prielbrusie region, that snow sport enthusiasts will find ten spectacular ski runs varying in length from 1,000 meters to 1,500 meters. Prielbrusie attracts more than a quarter-million skiers and riders each season, many of whom return year after year for the exhilaration of skiing and snowboarding in this beautiful region of Russia.
Enjoying some of the most consistent and generous snowfall in Russia, Krasnaya Polyana is located in the Russian Urals, just 48 miles east of Sochi, the host city for the 2014 Winter Olympics. While previously the ski area lacked snowmaking equipment, relying purely on nature to supply the snow, for the Olympics more than 400 snowmaking machines will be installed to ensure sufficient snow coverage for the events. The resort offers direct access to more than 15 miles of slopes served by six ski lifts.
Located on the banks of the picturesque Lake Baikal, the Baikalsk Alpine Resort in Siberia is located around 150 km from Irkutsk and is popular as a slalom venue. The other popular ski area in Siberia is located near the village of Sheregesh on the slopes of Mount Selyonaya, with slopes between a half a mile and more than two miles long, offering plenty of incentive to go snow skiing in Russia.