Southwest of Volgograd and northeast of Sochi in the Caucasus Mountains, the Krasnaya Polyana ski area has eight runs served by 11 lifts accessing a maximum vertical drop of 1,220m. While only 5% of the runs are difficult, there is plenty of backcountry terrain to explore if you feel like doing some hiking. There are some world class freeriding opportunities here if you know where to look for them, but make sure to bring full avalanche gear. There are snowfields up high and glades off the lower runs, if there's snow.
If you are looking for some challenge, head to the top lift to the skiers right for steeps and chutes. Plus, there are some sweet glades to check out. There is a long 13km run that can be fun and there are some gladed areas down low.
When looking at the ski area map, the resort looks bigger than it really is. The base area is actually located well above the village in the valley. There are two long access lifts for uploading/downloading to the base village. There are not pistes from the base area down to the valley floor.
The Krasnaya Polyana was the site of the 2014 Winter Olympics ski and snowboard events. The 3.5km Rosa Khutor downhill race course is worth exploring.
In addition to the Krasnaya Polyana ski area, there are three other adjacent but not interconnected ski areas. The Gasprom ski area has 21km of easy pistes served by 15 lifts. The Alpika ski area has 25km of moderate pistes served by 10 lifts. The Gornaya Karusel ski area has 20km of moderate pistes that are served by 11 lifts.
Note: Due to the relatively low base elevation of the Krasnaya Polyana ski area at 550m and its proximity to the Black Sea, it is known to have variable and sometimes unreliable snow. Make sure to contact them before going to confirm that it is open. Also, be aware that Krasnaya Polyana ski area is known for its long lines. Luckily, Krasnaya Polyana is known for a good apres ski scene.
The Krasnaya Polyana ski area is located about 25 miles northeast of Sochi. There is a high-speed train line from Sochi to Krasnaya Polyana (25 minutes), and the closest train station to the ski area is the Rosa Khutor train station. The best airport to use is Sochi, which can be accessed via international flights from Istanbul. An alternate approach is via Alder. There is an airport in Alder and then you can use either a bus or taxi to the ski area. Keep in mind that a visa is required to enter Russia from most countries, and the visa process can be quite lengthy.
Overall, Krasnaya Polyana is the 1st most popular snowboard & freeride destination of all 23 snowboarding resorts in Russia.
Local Contacts: Krasnaya Poliana ski centre 891-8308-1890; Adventure Studio freeride guides 8 (928) 292 05 96.
Best Season: Dec. - Mar.
Average Difficulty: Moderate
Base Camp: Tulip Inn, Rosa Khutor 7-862-243-0000; Tri Vershiny, Krasnaya Polyana; Rodnik, Krasnaya Polyana; 4 Peaks
Luxury Loding: Radisson SAS Peak Hotel, Krasnaya Polyana; Park Inn by Radisson, Rasa Khutor 7-862-243-1111.
Reference Source: click here https://rosaski.com/
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GPS: 43.671189, 40.297614
Date Published: 1/6/2016
Date Updated: 10/12/2019
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