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Skiing in Elbrus (Azau) Ski Resort, Mount Elbrus, Republic of Kabardino-Balkariya Russia

Top station altitude:
3780 m/12402 ft
Vertical drop:
1780 m/5839 ft
Longest run:
5000 m/16404 ft
Ski lifts:
7
Trails:
27
Mount Elbrus or Adyge 'Waschhemaxwe' or Karachay-Balkar is a dormant volcano situated in the western Caucasus mountain range, in the Republics of Karachayevo-Cherkesiya and Kabardino-Balkariya, Russia, near the Georgian borders.

Elbrus or as it is known Azau Ski Resort belongs to the unique ski resorts in Russia. Housed in the vicinity of the highest European Mountain, it does not need much commercial. But glory is not the only thing that gives popularity to this rocky edge.

The magic nature of the area attracts people all year. The convenient proximity of the mountain provides the best conditions for any kind of riding and especially alpine skiing.

The freeriders will love the area above the last station. The cable car Elbrus takes skiers to the last station to make their long dizzying descents. The large amount of snow fall, which guarantees deep snow throughout the season, creates perfect conditions for skiing.

The total length of the skiing slopes is 35 km/21.1 mi. The number of trails is 27 and most of them are located at an altitude between 2100 m/6890 ft and 3800 m/12467 ft.

The trails on mount Elbrus are characterized by varying levels of difficulty and are suitable for all levels. There are 2 trails for novices, 5 for intermediate skiers, 10 for advanced skiers and 10 for experts. Elbrus slopes are flat and wide with small changes in elevation.

The trails are served by 7 lifts, 1 cable, 2 gondolas, 3 chairlifts and 1 T-bar. The opening of the ski season occurs sometime in November until June. Closure of the ski season may not occur, as some times ski season has successfully roll into the summer.

The Elbrus trails are made for alpine skiing, so if you are an enthusiast of the sport, Elbrus-Azau Ski Resort is a must!!!

How to Get to Destination

BY CAR FROM Sochi
454.4 miles/731 km, 10 hours 54 minutes
Head southwest toward ул. Несербская. Turn left onto ул. Несербская. Take the 1st left onto ул. Советская. Turn left onto пр. Курортный/М27. Continue to follow М27. Turn right onto ул. Виноградная/М27. Continue to follow М27. Slight right toward ул. Б. Хмельницкого/Р254. Slight right onto ул. Б. Хмельницкого/Р254. Continue to follow Р254. At the roundabout, take the 2nd exit and stay on Р254. Go through 1 roundabout. Turn right onto ул. Партизанская/Р254. Continue to follow Р254. Turn right onto ул. Ворошилова/Р254. Continue to follow Р254. Continue onto ул. Шоссейная. Continue onto ул. Гагарина. Turn right onto ул. Пушкина. Turn left onto ул. Железнодорожная. Turn right onto ул. Хакурате. Continue onto M29/М29. Turn left onto Кавказ/M29/М29. Turn right to stay on Кавказ/M29/М29. Continue to follow M29/М29. Turn right to stay on M29/М29. Make a U-turn. Continue to follow M29/М29. Slight right toward Кавказ/M29/М29. At the roundabout, take the 3rd exit onto Кавказ/M29/М29. Turn right to stay on Кавказ/M29/М29. Continue to follow M29/М29. Go through 2 roundabouts. Slight left to stay on M29/М29. Go through 1 roundabout. Slight left to stay on M29/М29. Go through 1 roundabout. Continue straight onto А158.
BY CAR FROM Moscow
1.076 miles/1.732 km, 19 hours 30 minutes
Head northeast toward пл. Революции. Restricted usage road. Turn right onto пл. Революции. Restricted usage road. Take the 1st left to stay on пл. Революции. Restricted usage road. Continue onto пл. Театральная. Restricted usage road. Turn right onto Театральный пр-д. Slight right onto пл. Лубянская. Continue onto пл. Новая. Continue onto пл. Старая. Turn right onto ул. Варварка. Continue onto ул. Большой Москворецкий мост. Continue onto ул. Большая Ордынка. Continue onto ул. Люсиновская. Continue onto ул. Большая Тульская. Continue onto М2/М4. Continue to follow М4. Turn right onto пр. Пролетарский/М4. At the roundabout, take the 1st exit onto Кавказский б-р/М4. Turn left onto ул. Бакинская/М4. Continue to follow М4. Partial toll road. Continue onto автодорога Дон/М4. Partial toll road. Take the ramp onto автодорога Дон/М4. Slight left onto the ramp to автодорога Дон/E38/А144/Е115/М4. Keep left at the fork, follow signs for РОСТОВ and merge onto автодорога Дон/E38/А144/Е115/М4. Continue to follow М4. Go through 1 roundabout. Take the ramp onto М4. Go through 1 roundabout. Continue onto Кавказ/M29/М29. Continue to follow M29/М29. Slight left to stay on M29/М29. At the roundabout, take the 1st exit. Continue straight onto А158.
BY AIR
Nalchik Airport,
78.1 miles/127 km
BY TRAIN

Russian Railways serve almost the entire Russia. The nearest train stations in Elbrus are Минеральные воды, Нальчик, Пятигорск, Прохладный (Mineral water, Nalchik, Pyatigorsk, Cool). The most convenient ones are Nalchik and Mineral water. Check the website for train schedule.

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