Elbrus Ski Resort

The twin peaks of Elbrus. (photo - RMI)
Elbrus ski resort.
Ski Elbrus.
Elbrus backcountry is phenomenal. (photo - Tyler Reid)
Elbrus ski resort has loads of hotels in the towns of Azau, Terskol & Elbrus..
Elbrus ski resort.
Even beginners are well catered for at Elbrus ski resort.
Elbrus ski resort has nearly 1500m skiable vertical on piste.
Close to the Mt Elbrus summits. (photo - Tyler Reid)
Elbrus accommodation in the valley.
Ski Elbrus.
Northern Caucasus stretch to the horizon from Elbrus. (photo - Tyler Reid)
Ski Elbrus

Elbrus Ski Resort

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  • Vertical (m)
    2350m – 3847mm (1497m) 
  • Average Snow Fall
  • Lifts (4)
    3 Gondolas / cable cars
  • Ski Hours
    November to July
    9:00am to 4:30pm
  • Terrain Summary
    Runs - 25km (on piste)
    Longest run – 12+ km
    Advanced - 25%
    Intermediate - 50%
    Beginner - 25%
  • Lift Prices (Day Ticket 17/18)
    Adult 1550RUB (€23) (gondola 1 & 2) + 700RUB (€10) (gondola 3)
    Child 800RUB (€11)(gondola 1 & 2) + 350RUB (€5)(gondola 3)
    Child u/6yr - Free

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 3847m elevation. Beyond that human or helicopter power are the only ways to get up one of the two summit peaks at a lung busting height of 5642m (18510ft).

Skiing Elbrus

Elbrus ski resort has recently completed a lift modernisation program replacing 2 aged gondolas and a chairlift with 3 modern gondolas. The nearly 1500m vertical of piste skiing essentially follows the line of the lifts and has an impressive longest run distance of over 12km.

The real reason to travel to Elbrus is for the big mountain freeride routes from the top at Gara Bashi and further up from Priut (4050m). Descents of over 2000m vertical are possible down a number of gorges running to the valley.

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 snow record. Glaciers extend from the Elbrus summit to near the top of the ski lifts. Ascents of the summit and skiing down are generally 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 1750km away to the north and Istanbul is 1150km 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.

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Elbrus Accommodation

A surprisingly extensive number of lodging options exists in 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, options near the base of the lifts at Azau and the villages of Terskol and Elbrus provide ample accommodation options. The old ski resort of Cheget also has a few reasonable hotels.

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Tours in or near Elbrus

Backcountry Skiing Tours

Mt Elbrus. Photo - RMI
13 Days | 11 Days in Russia
Ability: Advanced to Expert
Ski one of the Seven Summits. Mt. Elbrus is a stunning volcanic peak located in the Caucasus Mountains of Russia and at 18,510′ (5642m) it is Europe’s, as well as Russia’s, highest peak. This 13 day ski mountaineering expedition, will attempt a ski descent from the summit.
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