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Mount Elbrus

Mount Elbrus Ski Resort Guide

Mount Elbrus, Russia

Rated: 3/5 (from 6 ratings)

Ski Area Highlights
Recommended ForExpert Skiers, Snowboarders and Snowfall.
Total Piste Length23km14 miles
Highest Lift3,800m12,467ft
Resort Height1,980m6,496ft
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Mount Elbrus

Year round skiing on Europe's highest peak (5633 M), lifts exceptionally cheap (as is heli skiing option) but often broken down. A ski cat tow to 4700m in Winter and 5100 M in Summer is normally offered as an alternative or in addition when fixed lifts are operational ($6 - $10 US per trip). This opens up massive vertical and impressive off-piste options. The base hotel 'Azau' closed for 'reconstruction' in the mid-1980s and reportedly shows no sign or re-opening. Operational hotels begin 1.5 to 2 KM away and are reached by bus or taxi ($1 - $2US each way). On average there are a maximum of 500skiers on the slopes daily, more at weekends and in school holidays.


The Russian ski resort of Mount Elbrus is in the Russian Caucasus at an altitude of 1,980m6,496ft, with 23km14 miles of marked runs.

Mount Elbrus has direct access to 23km14 miles of downhill skiing, with 6 marked pistes, served by a total of 3 ski lifts.

The ski resort itself is at 1,980m6,496ft, so skiing or boarding back to the resort is usually possible. With ski lifts as high as 3,800m12,467ft, skiing and snowboarding is assured throughout the season.


Mount Elbrus offers some good boarding.

Snow and Weather

When will it snow in Mount Elbrus?

The next notable snow forecast is 1cm1in, expected on 23 September, with around 9cm3in forecast over the next 7 days.

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Snow this week

Snow Forecast by day for Mount Elbrus

Ski Area Stats

Mount Elbrus Ski Area

Piste and Lift Stats
Black Pistes
Expert Trails
Red Pistes
Intermediate Runs
Blue Pistes
Easy Trails
Total Length
23km14 miles
Cross Country
Total Length
9km6 miles
Ski Lifts
Number of Lifts


Mount Elbrus Ski Area Heights

Lift Heights and Resort Altitude
Highest Lift3,800m12,467ft
Lowest Piste2,300m7,546ft
Resort Altitude (Mount Elbrus)1,980m6,496ft
Max Vertical1,820m5,971ft

Ratings & Suitability

Ratings for Mount Elbrus
Expert Skiers
Intermediate Skiers

Mount Elbrus Overview

 Notable Ski Runs

The longest possible descent in Mount Elbrus is 3km2 miles long.


The Elbrus cable car ascends in stages. The first from the Azau station to the station Stary Krugozor. rises 650 m over its 2500 m length. The 2nd section from the station Stary Krugozor to the station Mir rises a further 500 m and is another 2000 m in length. The third and final section rises from the Mir station to the top Gara Bashi station, a further 250 m altitude rise. The length of the ski run back down is 2 km.

Mount Elbrus offers good sking, particularly, for Expert and Intermediate skiers.

Location and Map

Where is Mount Elbrus?

This ski resort is in the Russian Caucasus in Zolskiy rayon, Kabardino-Balkaria.


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How to get there


Ski Lift Capacity

The three ski lifts are able to uplift 1,100 skiers and snowboarders every hour.

Season Dates

When is Mount Elbrus open?

We don't currently have confirmed season dates, but hope to soon.

NOTE:- Ski area, lift and piste opening is subject to Current Snow Conditions.

COVID-19 / Coronavirus

We don't yet have specific details of the COVID-19 precautions being taken in Mount Elbrus, but they are likely to include most of the following :-

  • Face masks required on lifts, and in shops.
  • Social distancing in public areas.
  • Reduced lift capacity.
  • Extensive disinfection / sanitization.

French Ski Resort COVID-19 Measures describes further measures that may also be applied.

Visit the Mount Elbrus Tourist Office for the latest.

Mount Elbrus