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Ski touring and backcountry in Krasnaya Polyana

General info

Perfect conditions of Krasnaya Polyana area for your winter backcountry experience, ski touring and winter trekking with snowshoes are available from December up to April.

Since ski touring and backcountry suppose that you would need to ride down off-piste you need to understand your rider skill level  in Alpine skiing or snowboarding and tell the guide reliable information about your abilities and experience. That is highly important, as otherwise some problems can occur during the descent, as well as discomfort in the group. You can define your skiing/snowboarding rider skill level on this link.

All our routes do not require special previous training but the off-piste skills. Krasnaya Polyana is perfect for training ski-tour because all the directions are suitable for beginners as well as for sophisticated backcountry lovers.

Basic directions of ski touring
and backcountry in Krasnaya Polyana:

The Aibga Ridge

This is the area of three resorts. On the ridge there are Krasnaya Polyana Resort, Gazprom Alpika (Service) and Roza Khutor (Olympic resort). A classical day with the elements of backcountry on the Aibga Ridge includes several off-piste descents in the area of Roza Khutor resort and a walk along the ridge to Krasnaya Polyana resort. There, depending on the group pace, actual time and the schedule of resort, is available a great descent from the 3d or 2nd of the circuses in the eastern sector of Krasnaya Polyana resort. The back route is not less popular: we warm up on Krasnaya Polyana resort and then move along the Aibga Ridge to Roza Khutor. The southern slopes of the Aibga Ridge, starting from Roza Khutor, is a perfect option for secluded skiing/snowboarding in the Alpine zone with light ski touring, at prolonged absence of snowfalls. There are trails everywhere at the resort on the other side of the ridge, while the southern exposures have no traces, as a rule. With prolonged warming, long absence of snowfalls and correct timing, you can daily ski or snowboard on perfect spring snow. At that, you are in the resort area, which means that coming back to civilization won`t take much time.

The Mountain Tabunnaya and Bzerpinskiy Karniz (Bzerp`s edge). Backcountry in the Caucasian Biosphere Reserve

A 1-3-days route. The route starts from Gazprom Laura Resort mountain tourist center. Depending on the snow conditions and avalanche hazard, the hike up to Urochishche Medvezhji Vorota (Medvezhji Vorota natural boundary) is made either through the forest (the summer path) or on the southern slope starting from the cottages of the National Park. Then straight along the ridge we hike the Mountain Tabunnaya. From that point you can get down directly to Bzerpinskiy karniz (Bzerp`s edge), or walk along the Aishkha Ridge and also get down to the edge.

The Aishkha Ridge

The remote backcountry area of the Aishkha Ridge. The Aishkha zones 1, 2, 3. To get to this part of the reserve, one needs transportation. Depending on the snow situation we use a SUV, and then a buggy, a snow mobile or a snowcat. Within one day, regarding the remoteness of the zone, you can make 1-2 descents from the Aishkha Ridge in the Alpine zone, with the ski tour/splitboard hike up to 300-600 m, depending on timing and the group capabilities, and descents dropping from 600 m. We recommend to visit this backcountry area with an overnight stay in a mountain hut in zone Aishkha 3. In this case you will have a full backcountry adventure with several descents in the most beautiful places of the Caucasian Biosphere Reserve.



One day of skiing/snowboarding:

— In a group up to 3 people — EUR 260 per group.
— In a group from 4 to 6 people — EUR 75 per person.

The price of half a day of skiing/snowboarding*
— In a group not over 3 people — EUR 220 per group
— In a group from 4 to 6 people — EUR 67 per person

* from 9 am till 1 pm

For ready groups from 4 to 6 people – 10% off.

Loyalty card discount – 10%

The booking conditions..

What affects the cost of the program?
– Direction. If we go to the Mountain Tabunnaya and Bzerpinskiy karniz (Bzerp`s edge), you will need a ski pass and a pass to the reserve (costs 10-13 EUR per day per person).
– If we go into the reserve onto the Aishkha Ridge, you will need a pass to the reserve and transfer. Depending on the snow situation and the number of people, it can be a SUV, a crawler buggy, a snow mobile or a snowcat. The cost of transportation depends on the kind of transport and is requested a day before going out.
– If we go ski touring with an overnight stay, we will need to pay a night in a mountain hut. The cost starts from 10 EUR per day per person and depends on the area of the stay and the number of people in the group. You will also need sleeping bags, mats, headlamps and a torch. All that is available in our hire. Gas and food are bought by organizers a day before going out.

The price includes:
— a guide

The price does not include:
— avalanche equipment: an avalanche transceiver, a shovel, a probe;
— ski passes;
— insurance;
— lunch.

Not allowed is skiing without avalanche equipment: an avalanche transceiver, a shovel, a probe.

– In winter any kind of mountain skiing or snowboarding activities in the reserve without a guide is prohibited!
– We strongly recommend to refrain from skiing/snowboarding on the southern exposures of the Aibga ridge without a guide. It is due to the terrain features of the southern slopes, complex snow conditions avalanche hazard, and the border zone.
– Please, refrain from independent movement along the Aibga ridge. The Aibga ridge, throughout its length between Roza Khutor and Gorky Gorod resorts, and especially on the interval between Alpika Service and Gorky Gorod, consists of long snow edges, hanging over rocks. The borders of such edges are not obvious even in clear weather. Meanwhile there are some zones with steep ascents and descents on the route. In some places it is necessary to stay as close as possible to the ridge, but to keep a safe distance from the non-obvious borders of snow edges, and to avoid going to the southern part.

Necessary personal outfit:

— 3 layers of clothing (thermal underwear, fleece, and the upper layer of GoreTex or any other membrane with similar properties), comfortable for moving and work in all weather conditions;
— an additional warm layer of clothing (containing down or some other material);
— a 25-40 l backpack (better with the ABS system);
— ski-tour boots;
mountain skis with bindings for ski-tour/splitboard;
skins for your skis/splitboard;
a cap, a helmet, a buff/balaclava/bandana, a mask + a spare mask, gloves + spare gloves, sunglasses;
light fleece gloves;
— sunscreen, protective lipstick;
— a first aid kit;
— telescopic poles.

We recommend you to use the services of our off-piste insurance partner.
To learn about the insurance options for freeriders


Booking conditions

– Upon confirmation of the Program by the Organizer, the Client pays a deposit of 50% of the full program price. In case of cancellations by the Client the deposit is not returned.
– If the Program is booked less than 24 hrs before its start, the Client pays the full price of the Program.
– The final payment is made not later than one day before the Program starts.
– In case of infringement of the payment terms, specified in clause 1 of the Agreement, the Client is not allowed to participate in the Program. The sum, specified in clause 1, is not returned in this case.
– The Client may withdraw from a previously booked participation in the program any time. The cancellations are accepted by email, sent to address The date of the cancellation is considered the date when the Organizer receives the emailed cancellation from the Client.
– In case of cancellation of the booking by the Client the Organizer has the right to recover the penalty:
• equal to the sum of the deposit in any period after the payment of the sum specified in clause 1 of the Agreement;
• 100% of the program price in less than one day before the Program starts.
Repayment of the remaining after deduction of the penalty amount to the Client is made during 7 working days from the moment of receiving the emailed cancellations.
– If the Client cancels his/her participation but in time (before the Program starts) finds another participant in his/her place in the group, and if a new client pays the full program price in time, then the deposit specified in clause 1 of the Agreement is returned to the Client. Repayment of the deposit amount to the Client is made during 7 working days from the moment when a new client pays the full program price.
– In case of the Client being late for over 15 min. to the place designated by the guide as a group gathering place, the Program is considered to be completed. In case of the Client`s absence, regardless its reasons, the Program is considered to be completed.
– The reduction of the duration of the Program by the Client`s wish, including the cause of fatigue, is not the reason for the change of the program price, returning the part of the price or/and shifting the dates of the Program.
– In case of cancellation of the Program by the Organizer (before the Program starts) for the reasons not depending on the Organizer (the closure of the resort where the program was planned, adverse weather conditions, high avalanche risk and the like) the Organizer of the Program is obliged to return the full amount received from the Client, during 7 (seven) working days.
– Removing the Client from the Program for giving false information, including his/her skiing/snowboarding level, or breaking the Off-piste Rules is not the reason for returning him/her the sum previously payed for the Program.

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