The routes of the legendary Kabardino-Balkar resort run by the Ministry of Economic Development of Russia will be the first in the European part of Russia to welcome guests. The resort has already opened for skiers and snowboarders, and the Gara-Bashi - Mir and Mir - Krugozor ski trails have started operating.
In the 2020/2021 season, a new red difficulty category track will be opened on Elbrus. Now the management company "Resorts of the North Caucasus" is completing its certification. The new route will start at the Gara-Bashi station. The average width is about 40 meters, the slope length is 1.5 km, and the height difference is more than 400 meters.
"The introduction of new infrastructure increases the resort performance, determines the profitability and investment attractiveness for potential residents. The success of each resort in the district will indicate the effectiveness of the entire tourist cluster being formed," Maxim Reshetnikov commented, Minister of economic development of the Russian Federation.
Two cable cars with a length of 200 and 830 meters will also be built at the resort by 2022. They will mark the beginning of the development of a new ski area at altitudes of 3200-3700 meters above sea level. "The Elbrus resort has already established itself among tourists, and not only among Russians. For its further development, we have developed a comprehensive master plan. The focus of the work is aimed at expanding the ski infrastructure, commissioning new trails, lifts, and artificial snowmaking systems," Mikhail Babich said, the first Deputy Minister of economic development of the Russian Federation, who oversees the development of the NCFD in the Department.
Until the full opening of all the resort slopes, the "Promo" rate for ski passes will be valid: 1500 rubles for a ski pass for an adult, 750 rubles for a child from 6 to 13 years old. Children up to five years old ride at the resort for free.
The Gara-Bashi - Mir cable car is the highest in Europe. Its upper point is at an altitude of 3,846 meters. It was built by the Resorts of North Caucasus JSC in 2015.
Under the coordination of the Ministry of Economic Development of Russia, construction at the resort continues - by 2025, 9 lifts will appear on Elbrus (now there are 3). The length of the tracks will increase from 15 to 31 kilometres. Elbrus is a unique resort in the structure of the tourist cluster of the North Caucasus Federal district. It is included in the seven wonders of Russia, as well as in the list of the highest peaks of parts of the world "Seven peaks". At altitudes of more than 3,000 m, snow falls in October and melts only in June, and at altitudes of 3,700 m the negative temperature lasts 320 days.