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 18 resorts. Powder is reported at 0 resorts and 0 are reporting good piste conditions.

Recent Eyeball Snow Reports for Russia

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Ski resorts of Russia, alphabetically

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Resort Webcam Top
snow depth
top and bottom
Good piste
on-piste
Powder
off-piste
Fresh snow depth
Last Snow
Fresh snow depth
Next 9 Days
0–3 | 3–6 | 6–9
snow (cm)
Weather Next 5 days weather forecast.
Freezing level (m)
Fri Sat Sun Mon Tue

(713m — 820m)

snow report 6 days ago

2 cm
6 days ago
clear
cloudy
cloudy
partly cloudy
clear
Mid station 766 m
2400m 2250m 850m 650m 0m

(550m — 2238m)

snow report on 23 May

12 cm
on 23 May
rain showers
thunderstorm
light rain
light rain
light rain
Mid station 1394 m
2900m 2900m 2550m 1900m 2400m

(1918m — 2504m)

12
clear
rain showers
rain showers
moderate rain
moderate rain
Mid station 2211 m
3200m 3050m 2850m 2500m 2650m

(1500m — 2050m)

snow report yesterday

3 cm
yesterday
5
10
5
light snow
cloudy
clear
cloudy
light snow
Mid station 1775 m
0m 0m 0m 1150m 300m

(300m — 517m)

snow report 4 days ago

3 cm
4 days ago
4
6
light snow
light snow
cloudy
cloudy
snow showers
Mid station 408 m
0m 0m 0m 450m 0m

(1620m — 3005m)

snow report on 26 May

2 cm
on 26 May
rain showers
rain showers
thunderstorm
moderate rain
light rain
Mid station 2312 m
3250m 3000m 2900m 2700m 2800m

(530m — 1004m)

snow report today

2 cm
today
18
4
13
light snow
light snow
light snow
partly cloudy
partly cloudy
Mid station 767 m
250m 0m 0m 0m 600m

(960m — 2200m)

snow report on 23 May

opens in 37 days 20 cm
on 23 May
5
rain showers
thunderstorm
moderate rain
light rain
light rain
Mid station 1580 m
2900m 2850m 2550m 1900m 2400m

(102m — 590m)

2
light rain
cloudy
moderate rain
light rain
partly cloudy
Mid station 346 m
850m 600m 1200m 1100m 400m

(785m — 905m)

snow report 10 days ago

5 cm
10 days ago
clear
clear
clear
light rain
partly cloudy
Mid station 845 m
1600m 1250m 1500m 2050m 1100m

(856m — 3456m)

snow report 5 days ago

1 cm
5 days ago
5
clear
clear
cloudy
clear
partly cloudy
Mid station 2156 m
0m 0m 0m 0m 0m

(370m — 890m)

snow report today

1 cm
today
2
11
3
snow showers
clear
cloudy
light snow
light snow
Mid station 630 m
0m 0m 0m 100m 700m

(2311m — 4750m)

snow report 3 days ago

8 cm
3 days ago
1
3
8
partly cloudy
partly cloudy
light snow
clear
partly cloudy
Mid station 3530 m
250m 350m 400m 400m 550m

(920m — 3456m)

snow report 4 days ago

69 cm
4 days ago
22
82
17
snow showers
moderate snow
cloudy
clear
light snow
Mid station 2188 m
450m 450m 300m 400m 450m

(539m — 2228m)

snow report on 23 May

11 cm
on 23 May
rain showers
thunderstorm
thunderstorm
light rain
light rain
Mid station 1384 m
2900m 2850m 2550m 1900m 2400m

(167m — 600m)

snow report 5 days ago

13 cm
5 days ago
3
3
partly cloudy
light snow
partly cloudy
clear
light rain
Mid station 384 m
450m 400m 350m 400m 500m

(2100m — 3550m)

snow report 9 days ago

7 cm
9 days ago
12
11
rain showers
snow showers
light snow
light snow
light snow
Mid station 2825 m
3250m 3000m 2800m 2750m 2800m

(3203m — 5642m)

snow report 9 days ago

3 cm
9 days ago
24
9
5
snow showers
snow showers
snow showers
snow showers
snow showers
Mid station 4422 m
3350m 3250m 2950m 2750m 2850m

(2340m — 3800m)

snow report 9 days ago

4 cm
9 days ago
10
6
rain showers
snow showers
snow showers
light snow
snow showers
Mid station 3070 m
3350m 3250m 2950m 2750m 2850m

(575m — 2320m)

snow report on 23 May

opens in 37 days 12 cm
on 23 May
rain showers
thunderstorm
light rain
light rain
light rain
Mid station 1448 m
2900m 2850m 2550m 1900m 2400m

(669m — 1270m)

snow report yesterday

3 cm
yesterday
14
4
15
light snow
light snow
cloudy
cloudy
clear
Mid station 970 m
0m 250m 250m 500m 0m

(123m — 2173m)

snow report yesterday

5 cm
yesterday
54
57
36
light snow
heavy snow
cloudy
clear
light snow
Mid station 1148 m
550m 500m 450m 350m 350m

(139m — 189m)

snow report 9 days ago

1 cm
9 days ago
cloudy
partly cloudy
partly cloudy
cloudy
partly cloudy
Mid station 164 m
1400m 1350m 700m 1950m 2850m

(430m — 862m)

snow report 3 days ago

13 cm
3 days ago
clear
partly cloudy
light rain
partly cloudy
clear
Mid station 646 m
2350m 1950m 550m 0m 0m

(17m — 200m)

light rain
light rain
partly cloudy
clear
clear
Mid station 108 m
2050m 1700m 650m 0m 2700m

(547m — 1800m)

opens in 51 days
rain showers
thunderstorm
light rain
light rain
light rain
Mid station 1174 m
2900m 2850m 2550m 1900m 2400m