Elbrus Ski Resort

Elbrus Ski Resort

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  • Vertical (m)
    2,350m - 3,847m (1,497m)
  • Average Snow Fall
  • Lifts (4)
    3 Gondolas / cable cars
  • Ski Hours
    November to July
    9:00am to 4:00pm
  • Terrain Summary
    Runs - 25km (on piste)
    Longest run - 12km+
    Advanced - 25%
    Intermediate - 50%
    Beginner - 25%
  • Ski Lift Pass Price
    5-Day Pass 21/22
    Adult from 7500RUB (€88)
    Child 4850RUB (€57)
    Child u/5yr - Free
    Single ride gondola passes available

Elbrus Ski Resort Russia

Elbrus Ski Resort in the northern Greater Caucasus is on the flanks of Europe's highest mountain. Mt Elbrus in Russia has three modern gondolas taking skiers and adventurers up to 3,847m elevation. Beyond that human, snowmobile or helicopter power are the only ways to get to the best freeride routes or up one of the two summit peaks at a lung busting height of 5,642m (18,510ft).

Skiing & Snowboarding, Lifts & Terrain

Elbrus ski resort has in the recent past completed a lift modernisation program replacing 2 aged gondolas and a chairlift with 3 modern gondolas. The nearly 1,500m vertical of piste skiing essentially follows the line of the lifts and has an impressive longest run distance of over 12km.

However, the real reason to travel to Elbrus is for the big mountain freeride routes from the top at Garabashi (3,847m altitude) and further up from Priut 11 (4,050m). Descents of over 2,000m vertical are possible via glaciers & down a number of gorges running to the valley.

Check out the Elbrus Ski Trail & Freeride Map.

In addition to the ski lifts, beyond the highest lifted point at Gara Bashi, a snowmobile service can get one up to Priut without breaking a sweat.

Most freeriders that journey to Elbrus will also explore the steeper, north-aspect routes in the nearby Cheget ski resort. Check out the Cheget Freeride Map.

Elbrus Snow & Weather

A mountain as prominent as Elbrus creates its own weather patterns. Combined with storms from the north and moisture from the nearby Black Sea, the area is known for its consistent, deep snow record. Glaciers extend from the Elbrus summit to near the top of the ski lifts. Whilst the ski season runs from November to July, ski ascents/descents of its lofty summit are generally only undertaken in late May and June.

Where is Elbrus Ski Resort Russia?

Elbrus is located in the northern Greater Caucasus mountains, close to the border with Georgia. The closest town is Terskol, 5min down valley from the ski lifts. Moscow is 1,750km away to the north and Istanbul is 1,150km west!

The closest major airport is Mineralnye Vody (MRV), 186km and 3hr drive to the north east of Elbrus. All flights to Mineralnye Vody are generally via Moscow.

Search & book here for a flight to Moscow & Minerlanye Vody.

For more info & hints on getting to the region, see our Travel to Russia page.

Elbrus Accommodation

An extensive selection of lodging options line the valley below the Elbrus ski resort. From a ski-in ski-out perspective, several austere huts are located high on the mountain, but these are mainly used by those acclimatising for a summit attempt. If just skiing or snowboarding the resort & freeride routes, options near the base of the lifts at Azau plus the villages of Terskol and Elbrus provide ample accommodation options. The nearby ski resort of Cheget also has a few reasonable hotels to go with its aging lifts & challenging terrain.

Search & book here for all Elbrus ski accommodation.


The Powderhounds hope to visit Elbrus in the near future, but there are no guarantees. We would love to hear the thoughts on the resort from anyone that has visited recently.

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