Poles and Powder - Elbrus Resort

Poles and Powder - Elbrus Resort

Visit Elbrus and Cheget resorts!

Available January 11 through March 31 = 5 days/ 5 nights

Pricing Structure

  • $1,645/person for 3-6 passengers
  • $1,480/person for 7-14 passengers (10% off)
  • $1,315/person for 15+ passengers (20% off)

Holiday Type

Snow Skiing/Boarding


Tour Itinerary

  • Arrival Day: Airport pick-up, PreElbrus hotel check-in, Registration
  • Day 1: Explore Azau ski village, Rent equipment, Balkar cultural exchange
  • Day 2: Full-day Elbrus-Azau skiing
  • Day 3: Full-day Elbrus-Azau skiing
  • Day 4: Full-day Cheget skiing
  • Day 5: Souvenir shopping, Pyatigorsk city center, Airport transfer


No well-traveled skier would accuse Mount Elbrus, the highest peak in Europe, of being forgiving to the inexperienced. Its trails are narrow and steep in comparison with Arkhyz and Dombay resorts, and its high-altitude lifts and long runs make Elbrus-Azau Resort one of the more unique ski-mountains in the world. How many times can you say you’ve ridden a lift to 12,000 feet and then skied/boarded all the way down?

On the other hand, there’s Cheget Resort, with its lower elevation and smaller crowds, nestled a ten-minute-drive away from Elbrus-Azau. A counterweight to its bigger brother, Cheget Resort runs flatten out into the village called by the same name and bursting at the seams with restaurants and souvenir shops. The more leisurely atmosphere created by the local Balkar people in Cheget will seem a pleasant transition after the more rugged Elbrus experience.

When this adventure is all over, some chest-pounding may seem appropriate when boasting with friends about skiing the tallest mountain in Europe. But please don’t forget to recount your experiences with the locals in the North Caucasus. During your cultural exchange with Balkar, you’ll find them eager to display their time-honored traditions of hospitality and respect for you – their guests.

Included in this tour

  • Planning consultation including, but not limited to, the following:
    • Recommended flight schedules
    • Airport information
    • Step-by-step visa application guide
    • Seasonal advice
    • Local expertise
  • Airport transfer within the North Caucasus
  • Transport to all included tour locations
  • Registration in Russia
  • All accommodations while on tour
  • Breakfast at hotels
  • Unlimited bottled water
  • An EE selected and approved guide/translator
  • Cultural exchange/local talent cost (when applicable)

Not included in this tour

  • Airfare (approx. $1500)
  • Travel insurance (approx. $3/day per person, including travel days)
  • Visa to Russia (approx. $425/person, 3-year, multi-entry for US citizens)
  • Lunch and dinner on tour days (approx. $15/meal)
  • Tips for guides/translators (approx. $10/day for the group)
  • Tips for drivers/servers (according to service provided)