Powder and Putin, Ski Descent of ELBRUS (5642 m), RUSSIA

Powder and Putin, Ski Descent of ELBRUS (5642 m), RUSSIA

  • Dates: June 22-July 5
  • Duration: 9 Days-Adventure Ski Program/14 Days Ski Descent
  • Level: Intermediate
  • Client Ratio: 5:1
  • Cost:
    • 2 climbers – $5,400
    • 3-4 – $4,900
    • 5-10 – $4,600
  • Included: Ground transportation, all meals while on the mountain, tents, stoves, cook kits, group climbing equipment, and guide services- Group transport; Food and accommodation; Russian entry visa support.
  • Not Included: Airfare, transportation within Seattle, gratuities for guides, Personal insurance; Individual transfers; Visa consulate fees, all personal items International airport transfers, Russian entry visa fee.

Adventure skiing Russian style! The Elbrus region has long history of alpine and ski activity but politics have kept it from experiencing the crowds the Alps have. The Caucasus Range offers great snow conditions due to the higher altitude and colder weather, which is the winning recipe for excellent skiing. The lift system of the Elbrus region offers some of the biggest vertical in the world with ski descents of 1700m right off the tram! The many side valleys and mountains are accessible with just a short tour above the top of the lift stations of Cheget and Elbrus. When done in summer a descent of the summit of the roof of Europe becomes the prize! With the ability to combine lift accessed alpine terrain, tour to a remote hut or take a ride in a helicopter, this region is the logical follow up for those who have been to La Grave or Chamonix and are ready for the next step.

ITINERARY:

Day 1-2. Leave the U.S. Arrive in Moscow. Hotel accommodation near the city center. Overnight at a hotel Izmailovo Gamma-Delta

Day 3.  Moscow city tour in the morning. Afternoon & evening free to explore. Briefing with the mountain guide. Overnight at a hotel Izmailovo Gamma-Delta

Day 4. Fly to Mineral Vody in the morning. Meeting at the airport in Mineralnye Vody and transfer by private bus to the hotel in Baksan Valley not far from Elbrus. Overnight at the Povorot hotel in Terskol

Day 5. Our first acclimatization ski tour into the beautiful Baksan Valley. Overnight at the Povorot hotel in Terskol

Day 6. Next up our 2nd acclimatization tour. This long day adds good bump up in altitude, leaving most climbers feeling strong and acclimatized. Overnight at the Povorot hotel in Terskol

Day 7. Move to “barrels” where we lodge at about 3,800 meters. We use the tram and ski lift to help move our gear. Sleep in Barrels. Overnight at the Barrels

Day 7 Tour to Pastukov rocks (15,416 feet) and enjoy turns on the return to the Barrels. Overnight at the Barrels

Day 8 Ski tours exploring the area and practice skills necessary for the summit climb and descent. Overnight at the Barrels

Day 9 Rest Day or summit attempt, 6,000+’ ascent with the satifaction of making turns all the way back down! Overnight at the Barrels

Day 10-11. Two additional days available for the ascent of Elbrus or ski tours exploring the area. Overnight at the Barrels or transfer to Povorot Hotel in Terskol

Day 12-13. Drive to Mineralnye Vody. Flight to Moscow, move to the international airport for the return flight home.

*Spring Ski Program-March-May*
Day 4. Ski Cheget. The more energetic may wish to ascent Cheget Karabashi 3400m or ski using the Cheget chairlift system.

Days 5-8. 4 days of off-piste skiing. It is possible for the group to pay for heli time at an additional cost.

Day 8. Drive to Mineralnye Vody. Flight to Moscow, move to the international airport for the return flight home.

Day 4-9:Touring options
Drive to Adyrsu valley. “Ullu-Tau” Camp. Night at a lodge (2350m).
Ski-tours from the hotel;
Chotchat summit (3400m), 4 hours.
Koiavgan Pass (3572m), 4 hours.
Garvash Pass (3710m), 5-6 hours.
Mestia Pass (3860m) and continue to the Mestia summit (4230m), 8 hours.
Adylsu Pass (3300m) and continue to the Lokomotiv summit (3750m), 6 hours.
Jalavchat Glacier to the Druzhba summit (3650 m), 4 hours.
Gumachi Pass (3582m), 5-6 hours. Descent via Jankuat Glacier to the Adylsu valley.

Elbrus extension 3 days: Drive by bus to Terskol (Baksan valley). Hotel in Terskol (2100m).