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 21 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 4 days ago

7 cm
4 days ago
clear
cloudy
light rain
light rain
light rain
Mid station 766 m
450m 500m 900m 1050m 1250m

(550m — 2238m)

snow report today

4 cm
today
7
light rain
light snow
moderate rain
light rain
light rain
Mid station 1394 m
1700m 1500m 1500m 1700m 1900m

(1654m — 2240m)

snow report today

19 cm
today
15
5
light snow
moderate snow
light snow
light snow
light snow
Mid station 1947 m
1750m 1600m 1550m 1800m 1900m

(1500m — 2050m)

snow report yesterday

10 cm
yesterday
11
1
4
partly cloudy
light snow
snow showers
clear
partly cloudy
Mid station 1775 m
300m 500m 600m 850m 1200m

(300m — 517m)

snow report today

1 cm
today
clear
partly cloudy
partly cloudy
cloudy
partly cloudy
Mid station 408 m
150m 400m 350m 450m 750m

(1620m — 3005m)

snow report today

30 cm
today
19
13
2
light snow
moderate snow
moderate snow
light snow
light snow
Mid station 2312 m
1700m 1600m 1650m 1900m 1850m

(530m — 1004m)

snow report 2 days ago

3 cm
2 days ago
2
2
1
light snow
partly cloudy
light rain
partly cloudy
clear
Mid station 767 m
300m 700m 1650m 850m 1150m

(960m — 2200m)

snow report yesterday

345
Spring snow 7 cm
today
13
3
light snow
light snow
light snow
light snow
light rain
Mid station 1580 m
1700m 1500m 1500m 1700m 1850m

(785m — 905m)

snow report 8 days ago

8 cm
8 days ago
cloudy
snow showers
clear
clear
clear
Mid station 845 m
1450m 850m 1300m 1850m 2200m

(856m — 3456m)

snow report 19 days ago

1 cm
19 days ago
3
clear
clear
clear
clear
partly cloudy
Mid station 2156 m
1300m 1150m 1100m 750m 500m

(370m — 890m)

snow report 4 days ago

9 cm
4 days ago
1
light snow
cloudy
light rain
partly cloudy
partly cloudy
Mid station 630 m
500m 850m 1450m 700m 1650m

(2311m — 4750m)

snow report yesterday

15 cm
yesterday
9
23
49
snow showers
snow showers
snow showers
snow showers
light snow
Mid station 3530 m
1250m 1150m 1100m 800m 450m

(920m — 3456m)

snow report yesterday

53 cm
yesterday
42
89
partly cloudy
partly cloudy
clear
light snow
moderate snow
Mid station 2188 m
400m 400m 200m 200m 250m

(539m — 2228m)

snow report today

3 cm
today
6
light rain
light snow
moderate rain
light rain
light rain
Mid station 1384 m
1700m 1500m 1500m 1700m 1850m

(167m — 600m)

snow report 2 days ago

3 cm
2 days ago
10
clear
clear
clear
partly cloudy
partly cloudy
Mid station 384 m
550m 750m 350m 250m 300m

(2100m — 3550m)

snow report today

25 cm
today
18
8
light snow
light snow
light snow
snow showers
light snow
Mid station 2825 m
1800m 1700m 1700m 1850m 1950m

(3203m — 5642m)

snow report today

14 cm
today
14
2
light snow
light snow
light snow
snow showers
snow showers
Mid station 4422 m
1850m 1700m 1650m 1800m 1900m

(2340m — 3800m)

snow report today

18 cm
today
19
5
light snow
light snow
light snow
snow showers
light snow
Mid station 3070 m
1850m 1700m 1650m 1800m 1900m

(575m — 2320m)

snow report yesterday

338
5
Spring snow 6 cm
today
8
1
light snow
light snow
moderate rain
light rain
light rain
Mid station 1448 m
1700m 1500m 1500m 1700m 1850m

(669m — 1270m)

snow report today

3 cm
today
1
clear
partly cloudy
partly cloudy
partly cloudy
clear
Mid station 970 m
200m 350m 300m 450m 800m

(123m — 2173m)

snow report yesterday

52 cm
yesterday
31
64
partly cloudy
clear
light snow
light snow
light snow
Mid station 1148 m
350m 350m 200m 200m 350m

(139m — 189m)

snow report 22 days ago

1 cm
22 days ago
clear
light rain
partly cloudy
partly cloudy
clear
Mid station 164 m
800m 1150m 1400m 1600m 2000m

(430m — 862m)

snow report 2 days ago

3 cm
2 days ago
clear
rain showers
cloudy
light rain
light rain
Mid station 646 m
350m 450m 750m 950m 1150m

(17m — 200m)

snow report 19 days ago

4 cm
19 days ago
partly cloudy
light rain
partly cloudy
partly cloudy
partly cloudy
Mid station 108 m
650m 800m 1000m 1450m 1400m

(547m — 1800m)

snow report 17 days ago

3 cm
17 days ago
light rain
moderate rain
moderate rain
light rain
light rain
Mid station 1174 m
1700m 1500m 1500m 1700m 1850m