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Where to Ski in Russia: Baikal, Sable Mountain
February 19, 2019 09:21


(Source: https://etosibir.ru/gornoly-zhny-j-kurort-gora-sobolinaya/show)

Just 1.5 km from a fairy-tale Baikal, there is a real mountain with comfortable slopes, various trails and all the pleasures of a ski holiday -  this is the Sable mountain. Just imagine: rustling of well-rolled snow under the tracks, aromatic mulled wine and first-class Siberian cuisine - all with views of the main treasure of the planet. The resort has many advantages, and perhaps only two imperfections - the relative distance from Central Russia and the lack of black tracks for experienced skiers. In everything else, this is a ski paradise.
   
How to get to "Sable Mountain"


The resort of Sable Mountain is located in the south of Baikal, not far from Baikalsk, between Irkutsk (150 km) and Ulan-Ude (320 km), each of them has airports that receive flights from many cities in Russia. From Irkutsk to the mountain, you can take a shuttle from the railway station (ul. Chelnokova, 1), bus station (ul. Oktyabrskaya Revolyutsii, 11) or the Central Market. 2.5 hours on the way. The second option is by train, which departs every day to Baikalsk Station, 3 hours on the way. Finally, you can rent a car and drive   along the M55 "Baikal" and then on the road AN-6. About 2 hours on the way. 

From Ulan-Ude the trip will last longer. By car, you should also follow the highway M55 "Baikal" (3.5 hours on the road). Or take the train number 361.  Minibuses from Ulan-Ude also depart from the railway station. Information about availability and booking: 8 (3012) 66-38-38.

Tracks

"Sable Mountain"   has 12 tracks, the total length of which is more than 15 km. All of them are mostly blue and red, but there are a couple of black parts. The highest point is 1004 m above sea level, the maximum difference is 475 m, and the longest route reaches 2.1 km. 

The lifts at the resort (chairlift and ski lift) are open from May to September from 10:00 to 17:00. There is a snowmaking system, one lighted trail, a snowpark for reckless snowboarders with two jumps and a slope of 30° and even a tubing track to entertain the kids.

Ski pass and rent

The cost of ski passes   depends on the season (weekdays / weekends / New Year holidays): for one hour of unlimited lifts 350/450/500 RUB, for a full day - 1000/1850/2000 RUB. Children under 12 years old - 250/350/400 RUB per hour and 350/900/1000 RUB per day.

Ski rental will cost 250 RUB on weekdays and 350 RUB on weekends for the whole day.

Accommodation

The resort has 4 hotels of completely different formats. A bed in the hostel "Baikal" within walking distance from the lake will cost from 600 RUB per night. The average cost in a three-star hotel “Grand Baikal” at the foot of Sable Mountain will be from 4300 RUB for a double room and in the Sable recreation center, located in a picturesque forest area within walking distance from the slopes - from 4450 RUB for a double room. Finally, you can rent a whole house made of Siberian pine in the cottage town "Rus" - for those who love comfort and silence  - from 6000 RUB for four people.

"Sable Mountain" for children

In addition to the children's room and the possibility of skiing or boarding, there is the largest rope amusement park in Eastern Siberia, Vuki Park. It consists of three routes of different   levels - family (at a height of 3 m), extreme (15 obstacles) and trolley (with two descents of 60 m each). Cost: adults - 600 RUB, children - 500 RUB.

 




Author: Anna Dorozhkina

Tags: Baikal skiing in Russia Russian winter Ski resorts  

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