Asha is a small Ural industrial town at the foot of the Adzhigardak Ridge. It emerged as a working settlement a little more than a century ago, and its emergence is due to the Samara-Zlatoust Railway that passed through the territory of the Simsky mountainous district in 1889-1890, and to the Asha Mining/Iron Smelting Plant that appeared here later.
The settlement and the plant received their name from the Asha River flowing along the western outskirts of the city. Today only the surviving buildings of the railway station, the water tower, the old plant management building and the exhibits of the factory museum remind of the Asha River of that time.
Tourists know Asha not for its industrial role. The fact is that the town is located almost at the very foot of the Adzhigardak Ridge. The surroundings of the ridge are sometimes called “The Ural Switzerland”; one of the best ski resorts of the South Urals is located here, just a couple of kilometers away from Asha. The resort has the same name as the ridge – “Adzhigardak”. It includes a dozen skiing trails of various degrees of complexity, ranging from 500 to 2,500 meters, the longest descent can reach 3,500 meters, and the height difference amounts to 370 meters. The ski season lasts from November to the end of April.
Author: Anna Dorozhkina