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Where to Ski in Russia: Tegenekli, Kabardino-Balkaria
February 20, 2019 15:54


(Source: http://101ways.ru/russia/2016/cheget.html)

The Tegenekli village, located in the Tyrnyauz district of Kabardino-Balkaria, gained unprecedented popularity after the release of the film “Vertical” with the inimitable Vladimir Vysotsky in the title role. At that time, it was a small settlement with several farmsteads, lost in the valley of the Baksansky gorge, which, however, did not prevent the locals from making friends with a famous actor.

Currently, there are two modern ski resorts in the vicinity of Tegenekli, providing a full range of services in extreme sports - Cheget and Azau. In addition to the developed ski infrastructure, the region boasts of balneological health resorts where guests can improve their health at any time of the year.

What to see

The main attraction of the village is considered to be the Mountaineering and Hunting Museum named after V. Vysotsky. Among the exhibits is an extensive collection of Zalikhanov's hunting trophies, as well as objects related to the name of the great actor: records, rare photographs, etc. And the museum building itself, erected from the debris of frozen lava, has no analogues in the world.

5 km from Tegenekli, near the village of Baidaevo, “Polyana Narzanov” is located - a place of pilgrimage for fans of thermal springs and healing drinking water. Local residents call the water from the Narzan sources “nart-sane”, which means “bogatyr water” in Balkarian. Due to the high content of iron, magnesium, potassium, calcium and sodium, the water has a rich red tint. It should be drunk immediately, because within half an hour from the moment of intake into the container the substances contained in it fall into the sediment, and the liquid loses its beneficial properties.

8 km from Tegenekli, in the foothills of Elbrus, there is a glade Cheget - a Mecca of extreme sports lovers. The resort has hotels, cafes, restaurants, night bars, saunas, equipment  shops. From the meadow to the mountain of the same name there are two cableways with high capacity. The black slopes of Cheget are a real test of strength and fortitude: there is a great risk of injury, and the chances of finding an instructor ready to teach the basics of riding in extreme conditions are minimal. As a rule, those who do not possess professional skills are redirected to Azau Glade, a nearby resort with various types of trails suitable for beginners and amateurs.

Glade Azau is located in the foothills of Elbrus at an altitude of 2300 m above sea level. All objects within the complex are concentrated around the perimeter of the zone, forming a ring around the central square. All routes end in the square, from where the selected hotel can be reached in a couple of minutes. Some hotels are located outside the resort area with the advantage of free parking. There are two different types of cableways running parallel to each other in Azau - the pendulum Elbrus Azau and the gondola Puma designed by the French. The latter is much more functional than the Elbrus Azau, however, the fare  is higher.

Useful Info

There are 4 ways to get to the Elbrus region: by car, by plane, by bus and by train. The fastest and most comfortable way is by plane (landing at the airport of Mineralnye Vody or Nalchik). You can get to Azau, Cheget and Tegenekli from these airports by taxi (1000 RUB per person, provided that a group of people is traveling) or by bus / minibus to Terskol.
Those who choose the train, should  get off at the stations "Prohladnaya", "Nalchik", "Mineralnye Vody" or "Pyatigorsk" and take a taxi or take a minibus / bus, going to Tyrnyauz, Elbrus or KBGU recreation center. Bus service with Elbrus will be organized by travel agencies, the average fare for one way is 3500 RUB. Those who prefer to travel by their own car, should get to the city of Baksan and turn onto the A-158 Baksan-Terskol road leading directly to Tegenekli, Terskol and Cheget and Azau ski areas.

The address of the Museum named after Vysotsky: Tegenekli, st. Balkar, 3a. Working hours: daily from 10:00 to 16:00. On the territory of the museum complex there is a cafe and a hotel with single and double rooms.




Author: Anna Dorozhkina

Tags: Kabardino-Balkar Republic Vladimir Vysotsky skiing in Russia Elbrus Ski resorts 

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