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Snowboarding 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.

Mount Elbrus’s summit is the highest in the Caucasus. There is a fight between different authorities of how the Caucasus is distributed between Asia and Europe. Although many agree that the mountain is the highest in the entire Europe or the highest in the western Asia.

Either way, it is another reason for the great popularity of one of its ski resorts, the Elbrus (Azau) Ski Resort. Some doctors say that the air around the resort is magic and extremely good for the lawns. In Elbrus, great amount of snow falls guarantee deep snow during the season, creating perfect conditions for snowboarding.

Besides all these, the mountain enjoys convenient proximity, something that makes it even more attractive to snowboarders. The board enthusiasts will enjoy 35 km/21.1 mi of terrain that consists of 27 trails.

The trails are 2 for novices, 5 for intermediate snowboarders, 10 for advanced snowboarders and 10 for experts. The slopes are wide and flat with small elevation changes. The largest amount of trails lie between 2100 – 3800 m/6890 – 12467 ft though.

The freeride enthusiasts will adore the area that stands above the last station, as it is ideal for snowboarding. Boarders will also love a snowy field under the second stage of the pendulum lifts. The lifts that serve the resort are 7, 2 gondolas, 1 T-bar, 1 cable and 3 chairlifts, ready to give a ride to heaven.

If you feel impatient trying these awesome slopes, keep in mind that the season opens in November and usually ends in June. That may not happen though, as many times there is no closing season, because the snow is here all summer, providing snowboarding fun under the summer sun.

All these should be more than enough for you, in order to include a visit to Elbrus – Azau Ski Resort to your future plans.

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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