Rs Ski Russia

With so many of the ‘new rich’ Russians now filling top resorts in the Alps, most noticeably Courchevel, Kitzbuhel and St Moritz, it should come as no surprise that the world's largest country is home to more than 120 ski areas.

Most of these were internationally unknown until the end of the Soviet era in the 1980s, but subsequently the full range of Russian ski possibilities has become known and new privatised resorts developed. There are few, if any, countries on earth with a more diverse range of resorts.

To begin with, there are the dozens of small ski hills in and surrounding Russia’s major cities, particularly Moscow and St Petersburg. Many can be reached by metro train services and during the Soviet era many operated rudimentary lifts and ungroomed slopes free of charge to citizens at weekends, if you were prepared to queue.

Now privatised, many of these slopes still exist and indeed some have become so exclusive in contrast to their origins that lift pass prices are reported to be among the world’s highest to price out most people. There’s also one of the world’s biggest indoor snow centres, snej.com, in Moscow.

Next is Russia’s world class terrain along its southern borders. Although Mont Blanc is sometimes reported to be Europe’s highest mountain, it is in fact Mount Elbrus on the border with Asia that’s higher at 5633m, and it can be possible for ski cats to take you above the height of the top lift, at 3800m, right up to 5100m for some huge descents.

This is also the area where the Russian government and several giant corporations have transformed the ski slopes close to the Black Sea city of Sochi in to several resorts for the 2014 Winter Olympics which, after billions of investment, boast the most state-of-the-art lift system to be found anywhere in the world.

Plans are now in place to develop five more world class ski areas in the region over the next decade, with a combined total of nearly 900km and guest capacity of 150,000 in a bid to help stimulate economic growth in the region.

Moving east in to Siberia more new resorts have been created but others from the Soviet era have been abandoned. As recently as the 1980s cities artificially created for mining up in the arctic saw no winter daylight due to their latitude and doctors prescribed skiing to some of the workers in order to help them keep fit and active in the harsh conditions.

But while those cities have closed, in the capitalist era new commercial centres have been created such as Kvan at the country’s main car making city, where a remarkable $30m ski slope has been built with a giant steel frame at the top of the hill that adds 100m of slope length and 20m of vertical.

On the North Pacific Coast, half-a-dozen time zones from Moscow, skiing remains a major attraction, this time in particular heli-skiing on the Kamchatka peninsula, world famous destination for this version of the sport.

Russia’s ski area development is not without its troubles; there have been helicopter crashes at Kamchatka and in the Caucasus which are also earthquake prone, and terrorist groups have shot tourists and tried to blow up ski lifts in recent years at Elbrus too.

But set against this is the determination of avid skiers and sometime political personas such as Vladimir Putin have been a driving force in the development of the Russian ski industry over the past decade.
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Russia: latest snow conditions round-up

Summary of forecast snowfall and ski conditions for resorts in Russia. Fresh snow is forecast at 23resorts. Powder is reported at 0 resorts and 0 are reporting good piste conditions.

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Ski resorts of Russia, alphabetically

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Resort Webcam Top
snow depth
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off-piste
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last snow
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next 9 days
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snow (cm)
Weather Next 5 days weather forecast.
Freezing level (m)
Sat Sun Mon Tue Wed

(713m — 820m)

19
6
35
moderate snow
partly cloudy
light snow
light snow
light snow
Mid station 766 m
0m 0m 0m 0m 0m

(550m — 2238m)

opens in 14 days
163
17
24
heavy snow
heavy snow
heavy snow
partly cloudy
moderate snow
Mid station 1394 m
700m 500m 250m 250m 350m

(1654m — 2240m)

88
10
7
heavy snow
heavy snow
moderate snow
partly cloudy
light snow
Mid station 1947 m
800m 750m 250m 400m 700m

(1500m — 2050m)

7
12
6
clear
light snow
light snow
light snow
clear
Mid station 1775 m
0m 850m 350m 50m 0m

(1620m — 3005m)

Dombai webcam
134
14
16
heavy snow
heavy snow
moderate snow
partly cloudy
moderate snow
Mid station 2312 m
650m 650m 200m 350m 450m

(530m — 1004m)

7
5
snow showers
partly cloudy
snow showers
light snow
light snow
Mid station 767 m
0m 0m 200m 100m 100m

(960m — 2200m)

opens in 7 days
198
19
33
heavy snow
heavy snow
heavy snow
partly cloudy
moderate snow
Mid station 1580 m
750m 500m 300m 250m 300m

(785m — 905m)

22
5
1
light snow
light snow
light snow
partly cloudy
snow showers
Mid station 845 m
0m 0m 400m 0m 150m

(856m — 3456m)

1
3
1
light snow
clear
clear
light snow
cloudy
Mid station 2156 m
200m 0m 0m 200m 1050m

(370m — 890m)

28
17
20
light snow
light snow
snow showers
snow showers
snow showers
Mid station 630 m
0m 0m 0m 0m 0m

(2311m — 4750m)

20
36
32
light snow
snow showers
snow showers
heavy snow
light snow
Mid station 3530 m
150m 0m 0m 200m 900m

(920m — 3456m)

53
145
216
heavy snow
light snow
light snow
moderate snow
heavy snow
Mid station 2188 m
0m 0m 250m 250m 350m

(539m — 2228m)

172
17
30
heavy snow
heavy snow
heavy snow
partly cloudy
moderate snow
Mid station 1384 m
800m 500m 300m 250m 350m

(167m — 600m)

5
28
41
light snow
partly cloudy
cloudy
snow showers
moderate snow
Mid station 384 m
0m 0m 250m 200m 250m

(3203m — 5642m)

22
3
3
moderate snow
light snow
light snow
partly cloudy
light snow
Mid station 4422 m
700m 800m 450m 550m 650m

(2100m — 3550m)

66
8
7
heavy snow
moderate snow
light snow
snow showers
light snow
Mid station 2825 m
600m 700m 500m 500m 400m

(2340m — 3800m)

43
7
4
heavy snow
light snow
light snow
partly cloudy
light snow
Mid station 3070 m
650m 800m 450m 600m 650m

(575m — 2320m)

snow report yesterday

Rosa Khutor Alpine Resort webcam
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177
18
29
heavy snow
heavy snow
heavy snow
partly cloudy
moderate snow
Mid station 1448 m
750m 500m 300m 250m 300m

(669m — 1270m)

6
26
6
clear
snow showers
light snow
light snow
light snow
Mid station 970 m
0m 0m 150m 0m 0m

(123m — 2173m)

37
88
152
heavy snow
light snow
light snow
light snow
moderate snow
Mid station 1148 m
0m 50m 250m 350m 350m

(139m — 189m)

10
8
15
snow showers
partly cloudy
light snow
light snow
light snow
Mid station 164 m
0m 0m 200m 100m 0m

(430m — 862m)

Zavjalikha webcam
10
6
19
light snow
light snow
partly cloudy
light snow
light snow
Mid station 646 m
0m 0m 0m 0m 0m

(17m — 200m)

3
17
4
light snow
cloudy
light snow
light snow
light snow
Mid station 108 m
0m 0m 0m 0m 0m

(547m — 1800m)

142
15
21
heavy snow
heavy snow
heavy snow
partly cloudy
moderate snow
Mid station 1174 m
750m 500m 300m 250m 300m