Krasnaya Polyana (formerly Gorki Gorod) is a year-round mountain resort located in the foothills of the Main Caucasian Ridge, the Aibga Ridge, in Krasnaya Polyana (Esto-Sadok).
According to the infrastructure, the Krasnaya Polyana resort is a separate ski and year-round family resort with everything you need, both for skiing and snowboarding, and for recreation without skiing. The peak of activity at the resort falls during the winter season, when the ski slopes are available. More about Krasnaya Polyana resort in winter…
Nevertheless, even in the summer, you can have a great time at the resort. In summer, Krasnaya Polyana offers viewing platforms and observation points, hiking and cycling routes, parks, as well as entertainment, activities and a beach on the Black Sea.
Remark! Since many of the entertainment and services at the resort are year-round, some of the photos in the article will be winter.
Beach on the Black Sea
Krasnaya Polyana resort has a beach on the Black Sea, located in the Imereti resort: Adler, Imereti Lowland, near the Olympic Park and the Sochi Park theme park.
The beach is designed for 300 people and is a wide strip of pebbles and sand, on which sun beds and umbrellas are placed in the summer season, all the necessary beach services are also provided (towels, changing rooms, luggage storage, decking for ease of movement, etc.), there is a children's area, an aerarium and a cafe-bar.
Daily for guests of the Krasnaya Polyana resort staying in 5-star hotels Mövenpick Hotel Krasnaya Polyana, Marriott Sochi Krasnaya Polyana, Novotel Resort Krasnaya Polyana Sochi, Rixos Krasnaya Polyana Sochi and Premium Apartments run a free shuttle that takes guests-in the morning to the beach, and in the evening from the beach to the resort hotels. The number of seats in the shuttle is limited; reservations are made in advance at the hotel reception. Travel time: 40-45 minutes.
For all other guests of the resort, the cost of a ticket in the transfer is: 200 rubles one way-an adult ticket; children (from 5 to 14 years old inclusive) - 100 rubles; children under 5 years old-free of charge.
Walking tickets at the Krasnaya Polyana resort
Krasnaya Polyana resort offers its guests walking tickets - these are tickets for walking trips on the cable cars of the slopes without skiing.
Walking tickets are available all year round and their variations vary depending on the season.
In the summer season, three gondola cable cars (closed cabins with seats, with a capacity of up to 8 people) are available for walking tickets: Krasnaya Polyana K-1, Relict Forest K-2 and Peak K-3; as well as chairlifts (4-seater chairs): as a rule, these are Aibga (K-4), Black Pyramid (K-5), Eastern Forest (K-10), Champion's Start (K-12) and Polikar Waterfall (K-13).
On the gondola cable cars, you can climb from the Polyana 540 mark to the top "Polyana 2200" with two transfers.
The K-1 cable car starts from the lower station of the cable cars of the Krasnaya Polyana resort, located at the Polyana 540 mark. It lifts guests to the station "Polyana 960". At Glade 960, it is necessary to transfer to the K-2 cable car, which will raise to the "+1460 meters " mark, where another transfer should be made to the K-3 cable car, which raises guests to the "Glade 2200" mark.
The Vostochny Les gondola lifts guests from Glade 960 to the Eastern Sector of the resort at +1000 meters.
In the Eastern Sector, the Champion's Start chairlifts and Polikar Waterfall are available, where you can climb up to +1370 meters, and then walk along mountain trails to one of the highest and most beautiful waterfalls in Sochi - Polikar Waterfall.
The Aibga and Black Pyramid chairlifts lift guests from the Glade 2200 to the level of +2350 meters, from where in the summer season you can make a hike to the top of the Black Pyramid, located at an altitude of 2375 meters above sea level.
Using walking tickets at each of the heights, you can go out and use all the services and entertainment located at a particular height.
- "Rope Adventure Park" is a ticket for the K-1 and K-2 cable cars up to a height of +1460 meters, which also includes the passage of routes in the rope adventure park located at 1460 meters. Read more about the walking tickets of the Krasnaya Polyana resort in summer and winter…
Summer hiking routes in the resort of Krasnaya Polyana
In the summer season, hiking trails (ecotropes) run along the slopes of the Krasnaya Polyana resort, which can be visited for free and which start from Glade 960 and reach the height of the Black Pyramid 2375 meters.
Those who want to go hiking along the routes can climb to any height of the resort using walking tickets and then follow the trails.
After climbing up the trails, you can go down for free on cable cars, for example on K-3 and K-2. When going down, tickets are not checked. Attention! This condition may change at any time. Learn more about summer hiking routes in the Krasnaya Polyana resort…
Krasnaya Polyana Mountain Resort in summer
- the most famous height of the resort is the Black Pyramid peak, 2375 meters above sea level.
Polyana 540 is the lower level of the Krasnaya Polyana resort, located in the village of Esto-Sadok at an altitude of 540 meters above sea level.
Unlike all other heights of the resort, you can easily get to Polyana 540 by public transport (buses, electric trains) - there are public bus stops in Polyana 540, and there are railway stations nearby.
Also in Polyana 540 there is the lower station of the resort's cable cars, from where, first on the Krasnaya Polyana gondola cable car (K-1), and above on other lifts, you can climb to various heights of the resort located on the Aibga ridge. Read more about the lower station of the Krasnaya Polyana resort…
Glade 540 runs in a mountain gorge on a plot of about 2.2 kilometers. On the one hand, Polyana 540 is bounded by the Mzymta River, and on the other - by Estonskaya Street, which is the main transport highway of Esto-Sadka and along which there are bus stops.
The main arteries of Polyana 540 are two streets: Gornaya Karusel Street, which runs along Estonskaya Street, and the embankment of the Mzymta River-it is also Vremena Goda Street or Vremena Goda embankment.
The entrance to the park is free (free of charge). The park is located on the territory between the 8th apartment and the embankment of the Mzymta River;
- a small rope park and a climbing wall located on Gornaya Karusel 6 street;
There is a children's carousel here;
The shopping center "Gorki Mall" is located at the address: Gornaya Karusel Street, 3. Learn more about the Gorki Mall shopping center…
The address of the Sochi Casinois 51 Estonskaya Street. More about Sochi Casino…
The address of the WOW Arenais 51 Estonskaya Street. WOW Arena website: wow-arena.
The Friends Museum is located in Apartment 34.
Also in Polyana 540 there are: parking lots, public bus stops, a medical center, pharmacies, shops and salons, cafes and restaurants, hotels and apartments, ticket offices, an information center and a mountain bike school where you can rent tourist equipment, mountain and city bikes. On electric bicycles, you can go on a tour of the territory of the Caucasian Biosphere Reserve, both independently and on various routes accompanied by experienced guides. Learn more about Glade 540…
Polyana 960 is an extensive, visited and one of the most interesting stations for walking and recreation in the Krasnaya Polyana resort.
Glade 960 is located on the plateau of the Aibga ridge, at an altitude of 840-960 meters above sea level.
This is the second height (second level) of the resort, which can be reached by the Krasnaya Polyana gondola cable car (K-1) from the lower cable car station in Polyana 540, as well as by car.
In Polyana 960 there are: restaurants and cafes, shops and salons, a residential area with hotels, parking, lifts and hiking trails, a park and places for walking, a children's playground, observation decks, mountain baths, entertainment and various services are provided. There are cash registers, toilets and a medical center.
There are several observation points on Glade 960, the most popular of which is the observation deck located near the main square of the cable cars and the Bely Mushroom restaurant.
Another popular venue is located near the Apres Ski bar. Apres Ski is made in the spirit of Alpine resorts.
This popular winter entertainment is also available in the summer season, when the descent on inflatable "cheesecakes" takes place on an artificial snowflex surface, which retains the same sliding as on real snow.
Free luggage storage and a tube bar are available on site.
Entertainment is paid.
Siberian Husky dogs live in the husky center.
The center conducts excursions, during which guests are told about the culture and traditions of the northern peoples, about mutual assistance and friendship of a person with representatives of a kind and playful breed of dogs - the progenitors of wolves.
During the visit, personal communication with dogs is possible.
Also in the husky center there is a playground for children "Archaeological excavations of dinosaur skeletons" and a quest game "Gold Rush". These zones are available during sunny days without precipitation (spring, summer, autumn).
A visit to the husky center is paid.
The reindeer farm is home to Rangifer deer, who arrived at the Krasnaya Polyana resort from the Khanty-Mansi Autonomous Okrug.
The farm conducts excursions, during which reindeer herders-guides tell guests about the life of the northern peoples and the life of deer in the harsh climate of the Far North.
Each guest can communicate with the animals, pet and feed them with the deer's favorite delicacy-yagel.
A visit to the reindeer farm is paid.
The farm is located at the top of the Wonder Land adventure Park behind the "Gingerbread House". You can buy a ticket to visit only the farm or farm + park.
Wonder Land Adventure Park
The park is located on the territory of the forest.
In the park there are characters of fairy tales and cartoons, fictional heroes and real inhabitants of the forest: raccoons, swans, peacocks and even a talking raven.
The park hosts holidays and events for children.
In spring and summer, the Wonderful Honey mountain mini-apiary operates in the park.
The park is accessible all year round. Entrance to the park is paid.
Archer Shooting Range
The archery range has a specially equipped area for archery.
The shooting distance for children is 5-7 meters from the target.
Cost: 5 shots-300 rubles, 10 shots - 500 rubles.
The price includes training by trainers. The cost is for children from 4 years old, as well as for adults.
The balloon smoothly lifts the guests over the Glade 960 by 40-50 meters. The flight duration is up to 10 minutes.
The most comfortable time for flights in the mountains is the first half of the day and after lunch. The operation of the balloon depends on the weather conditions.
The balloon is located behind the Novotel Krasnaya Polyana Resort. There is also a ticket office where you can buy flight tickets.
Hot air balloon flights are available for guests from 5 years old. Maximum total weight for lifting: 450 kilograms.
The cost of a hot air balloon flight: 1000 rubles-for children (up to 15 years old inclusive); 1500 rubles-for an adult ticket; individual flight (up to 3 people in a basket) - 5000 rubles. Attention! The cost may vary, we recommend that you check the information before visiting.
The bike park is a complex of trails with a full-fledged infrastructure for mountain biking.
The trails of the bike park are laid at an altitude of 960 to 540 meters above sea level. The total length of the trails for downhill is more than 15 kilometers with a height difference of 400 meters.
In the bike park, there are tracks of "green", "blue", "red" and "black" difficulty levels with worked-out blinders, drops, counter-slopes, sharp turns and rhythm sections.
In the bike park: a wooden skill park and an earthen pump track, a free car wash, mountain bike rental and protection, a mountain bike repair and maintenance workshop, gazebos for recreation along the trails.
The entrance to the bike park is located behind the 5-star Rixos Krasnaya Polyana SochiHotel, and the platform with a pump track and a skill park is located just above the landing on the Vostochny Forest cable car (K-10).
The bike park is open in spring, summer and autumn. You can rent a bike or you can come with your own. Learn more about the bike park...
Mountain baths "4 elements"
Mountain baths "4 elements" - a bath complex with the rituals of soaring of the four natural elements of Fire (Russian steam room), Water (Turkish hamam), Earth (steam bath-mazanka) and Air (Alpine bath).
It offers a bar, Large and Small bath complexes. A spacious territory with four steam rooms, fonts, a Jacuzzi, an outdoor pool and a summer terrace with sun loungers and umbrellas. Or a secluded space with small baths, an infinity pool and a font.
Bath complexes work in sessions lasting 3 hours and 2 hours in the evening.
In the baths, you can use the services of steam rooms and a treatment room.
Visit to the baths from 4000 rubles.
Mountain baths are located opposite the 5-star hotel Rixos Krasnaya Polyana Sochi, in the area of the observation glade of Gorki Gorod 960.
Medical & SPA Polyana 960
Medical & SPA Polyana 960 is a center of functional medicine, which is primarily aimed at the prevention of diseases.
The center offers several programs: "Relax", "Detox", "Free breathing" and "Immunity".
Also: cosmetology, dietetics, fitness testing and one-day programs.
The address of the center: Constellations Street, 1.
Also available at Polyana 960are : ATV safaris or buggies with several routes along Krasnaya Polyana, fitness training and running routes, the territory of creativity "Olgiz" and children's clubs. Learn more about Polyana 960…
Polyana 1460 meters
Polyana 1460 is located on the Aibga ridge at an altitude of +1460 meters from sea level, in the Central Sector of the Krasnaya Polyana resort.
This is the third height of the resort, which can be reached by the gondola cable car "Relict Forest" (K-2) from Polyana 960.
At an altitude of 1460 there are: observation decks and observation points, a cafe, a restaurant and toilets, a rope adventure park, gazebos for recreation, a medical center; + hiking routes around the resort start from the height.
Rope Adventure Park
The rope adventure park is a place for family recreation with hanging routes of various levels of difficulty and observation platforms fixed on tree poles at a height of 5 to 15 meters.
The park is located on the territory of two picturesque sites - the southern one (with routes for the whole family) and the northern one (with more complex route options).
You can buy tickets for the passage of the park's routes on the spot - at the ticket office of the rope park. Or buy a walking ticket to the resort's cable cars, which includes a visit to the rope adventure park. Learn more about the rope adventure park...
There are several observation points at the 1460-meter mark, the most popular of which is an equipped observation deck located between the cable car stations.
The observation deck offers views of the Caucasus Mountains, the village of Esto-Sadok and the valley of the Mzymta River. Learn more about the height of 1460 meters…
The eastern sector of the Krasnaya Polyana resort
The eastern sector of the Krasnaya Polyana resort is located in the eastern part of the resort.
You can get there from Glade 960 on the gondola cable car "Vostochny les".
In the eastern sector, the Champion Start (K-12) and Polikar Waterfall (K-13) chairlifts are usually available during the summer season.
- to the Bear Waterfall and to the valley of rhododendrons, located in the Circus sector-2 of the Krasnaya Polyana resort. Learn more about hiking routes in the resort…
In the eastern sector there are: gazebos for recreation, medical posts; as well as a toilet and a cafe - in the lower reaches of the lifts Start of the champion and Polikar Waterfall, at an altitude of + 900 meters from sea level.
Polyana 2200 is one of the main heights of the Krasnaya Polyana resort, located at an altitude of +2200 meters above sea level.
You can get to the Polyana 2200 by the gondola cable car "Vershina" (K-3) from the Polyana 1460 meters.
On the Glade 2200 there is: a panoramic observation deck and observation points, a high-altitude restaurant "Height" with a panoramic terrace, an outdoor fast food area, a chairlift, toilets, a medical center and some entertainment; + a gazebo for recreation and hiking trails along mountain trails.
On the Glade 2200 there is the main observation deck of the Krasnaya Polyana resort-a 360° panoramic platform that gives beautiful 360-degree panoramic views of the Caucasus Mountains, the village of Krasnaya Polyana and the village of Esto-Sadok, the valley of the Mzymta River, the mountain valley of the Circus-2, the Aibga ridges and mountain peaks of the republics of Adygea and Abkhazia. In clear weather, you can see the sea, as well as meet the sunset.
Part of the site is located directly above the cliff of the mountain. The playground has safe railings - railings.
The panoramic platform is available free of charge and all year round.
You can climb to the platform by the stairs from the restaurant "Height". Learn more about the 360° panoramic platform with photos and videos of the opening views...
Megakachels or mountain panoramic swings are high-altitude swings located on the edge of a steep cliff of the Aibga ridge - on the edge of a panoramic observation deck.
The swing has a height of 7 meters. This is an all-season attraction above the clouds, which works under favorable weather conditions. The flights on the swing last 3 minutes.
Swinging on a mountain swing, you will "soar" over a picturesque mountain valley and a cliff at an altitude of more than 100 meters and not only experience a feeling of weightlessness, but also be able to enjoy the opening panorama of the Caucasus Mountains.
The swing is paid. Tickets can be purchased at the ticket office located here - on the panoramic platform. Learn more about megachachels…
Suspension bridge over the abyss
The suspension bridge over the abyss is a high-altitude suspension bridge that runs near the edge of a picturesque gorge, from the upper station of the K-3 cable car to the restaurant "Height".
The length of the bridge is 100 meters.
Walking on the bridge is carried out in a helmet and with insurance.
Entertainment is paid. Tickets can be purchased at the ticket office on the spot. Learn more about the suspension bridge over the abyss…
From the Polyana 2200 mark, paragliding flights are possible in the appropriate (good) weather.
By paragliding, you can go down to the mark "Glade 960".
The pilot-instructor is responsible for the control of the paraglider, who flies with each guest in tandem and monitors the smoothness of the descent or, at the request of the guest, includes acrobatic tricks right in the air.
Paragliding flights are paid. Learn more about Polyana 2200...
From the Glade 2200, you can walk or ride the Aibga chairlift (K-4) to the mark of 2050 meters.
At the mark of 2050 meters there are: cafes, fast food and toilets; + walking routes along the ridge are possible from the mark.
At an altitude of +2050 meters, there is an equipped tourist tent camp (the Million Stars hotel), which is open to everyone during the summer season.
The infrastructure of the tent camp allows you to accommodate a company with a total number of up to 30-40 people at a time.
On site: 15 tents on wooden platforms with a capacity from 1 to 3 persons, equipped with sleeping bags with liners and mats; additional pad wooden deck for guests with their equipment; an equipped kitchen with heated water boiler and fridge; table games; a wi-fi area; socket 220V; drinking water; well-maintained toilet 150 metres from the camp.
The cost of a night in a tent camp starts from 1300-1600 rubles per place, depending on the month of the summer season.
You can find out the exact cost of accommodation, all information about the camp and book a tent or a place in a tent on the official website of the Krasnaya Polyana resort (the site is listed at the end of this article).
From the height of + 2050 meters, you can walk or ride the Black Pyramid chairlift (K-5) to the mark of 2350 meters.
This station is marked as altitude 2375.
On the site located 2350: the observation deck; + sites Hiking trails, following which you can climb to the highest point of the resort is the top of a Black Pyramid; and also to see the passes of the Caucasus and Gray or stroll down the route of "Two lakes", walk through Alpine meadows of the valley past Alpine lakes - upper and lower iceberg Cold.
Next to the upper station of the Black Pyramid cable car at an altitude of 2360 meters from sea level is the start of the dynamic megazipline attraction .
Megazipline is a dynamic attraction that runs from one mountain peak of the Aibga ridge to another-over a mountain valley, at a speed of 80 km/h.
The megazipline at the Krasnaya Polyana resort is the highest zipline in Russia. It takes place at an altitude of more than 2200 meters above sea level.
Both single and pair flights are possible.
The finish line of the megazipline attraction is located next to the panoramic platform at the height of Glade 2200.
Entertainment is paid. Tickets can be purchased at the start. Learn more about the megazipline…
The top of the Black Pyramid, 2375 meters
The Black Pyramid is a peak located in the Aibga ridge at an altitude of 2375 meters above sea level, surrounded by mountain passes and other ridges.
This is the highest point of the Krasnaya Polyana resort.
From the site of 2350 meters to the peak of the Black Pyramid itself, at an altitude of 2375 meters above sea level, you can only climb on foot with a climbing insurance and a helmet, which can be purchased here-on the spot. The cost is 500 rubles; for children from 10 to 14 years-400 rubles, the ascent is only accompanied by adults.
The length of the ascent to the top is 400 meters, the time of the route is 40-50 minutes. The ascent is supervised by instructors who equip the guests at the start, and I also tell them how to move along the laid safety cables. Comfortable clothing and shoes are recommended. Learn more about the Black Pyramid peak…
Map-scheme of the summer resort Krasnaya Polyana (hiking routes and a bike park)
How to get to the Krasnaya Polyana resort
The nearest airport to the resort of Krasnaya Polyana and, accordingly, to all the ski resorts of Esto-Sadok (Krasnaya Polyana) is located in the city of Sochi (Adler), 43 kilometers from Estosadka. Flights to Sochi (Adler) →
The fastest and most convenient way to get from Sochi airport to the resort of Krasnaya Polyana (Esto-Sadok) is by taxi. You can order a taxi / transfer in advance, even from home. At any time of the day, at the airport, a driver will be waiting for you with a sign where your first and last name will be written. To order a taxi is enough to inform your flight details.
If you arrive by car, you can leave it near the lower station of the cable cars of the Krasnaya Polyana resort (Polyana 540). There are also parking spaces on the territory of Polyana 960 (parking is paid).
For more information about how to get to all the ski resorts of Krasnaya Polyana (Esto-Sadok), including the mountain resort of Krasnaya Polyana, you can find out here →
Where to stay in the Krasnaya Polyana resort
1. In the lower reaches of the cable cars - in Glade 540.
- apart-hotel Gorki Gorod Apartment 540m with a seating area, air conditioning, free Wi-Fi, an on-site garden and parking.
2. On the Polyana 960.
It is better to stay in Polyana 960 for those guests of the resort who want to immediately plunge into the epicenter of "mountain life" after leaving the hotel, and skiers and snowboarders get the opportunity, after leaving the hotel, to be directly at the ski slopes and lifts (ski-in / ski-out).
Free unlimited access to the K-1 cable car and a transfer to Polyana 540 are provided for everyone who stays in the accommodation facilities at Polyana 960.
The room rate includes: breakfast or breakfast + dinner;
-Gorki Gorod 960 Apart-Hotel features a garden, a bar, a restaurant, a children's playground, a 24-hour front desk, private parking and free Wi-Fi.
All accommodation facilities in Esto-Sadok, including at the Krasnaya Polyana resort (Polyana 540 and Polyana 960), can be viewed and booked here
Krasnaya Polyana resort is constantly developing, new ski lifts, entertainment and tourist routes are appearing on its territory.
The opening and closing dates of the seasons are determined by the administration of the Krasnaya Polyana resort, depending on weather conditions and snow cover. The administration can also determine the dates and deadlines for routine maintenance. Information about determining the start and end dates of the summer season is posted on the official website of the resort (the website is listed below).
Ascents to various heights of the resort are available in winter by ski passes and year-round by walking tickets, in addition, depending on the season and at the discretion of the resort administration, different combinations of walking tickets and ski passes may be valid.
Attention! Lifts, routes and entertainment (one or the other, or all) may be closed due to weather conditions. We recommend that you check the information before visiting the official website of the resort.
Walking tickets and ski passes can be purchased at the ticket offices and terminals of the lower cable car station on Polyana 540, on Polyana 960, as well as online on the resort's website. !!! When buying online, the prices for walking tickets, ski passes and some entertainment are lower than when buying at ticket offices or terminals.
We recommend checking all possible combinations of walking tickets and their cost, as well as the cost of ski passes in winter, services and entertainment, and other information about the resort on the official website of the Krasnaya Polyana mountain resort.
Website of the mountain resort Krasnaya Polyana: krasnayapolyanaresort.