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Mountain resort Krasnaya Polyana in winter: rest, entertainment, what to do

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 full-fledged year-round family resort with everything you need, both for skiing and snowboarding, and for recreation without skiing.

More information about the mountain resort of Krasnaya Polyana in the summer season-recreation, entertainment and what to do can be found here →

In winter, the resort offers viewing platforms and observation points, ski slopes and lifts, walking and recreation areas, parks, various services, as well as entertainment, baths and a water park.

Skiing in the resort of Krasnaya Polyana

The most popular entertainment and sport in the resort of Krasnaya Polyana in winter is skiing.

All conditions are provided for skiers and snowboarders at the resort. At various heights there are ticket offices, luggage storage, medical centers, cafes and restaurants, instructor services and ski equipment rental.

The total length of the ski slopes in the resort is about 30 kilometers from an altitude of +2340 meters to +960 meters.

On Krasnaya Polyana there are tracks of all levels of difficulty, starting from easy (green) and ending with very difficult (black) tracks. The resort also has educational and children's slopes, snow parks, a flight zone, freeride trails and trails with artificial snow and lighting, suitable for evening skiing.

To ensure comfortable access of guests to various heights and trails, the Krasnaya Polyana resort has gondola cable cars (closed cabins with seats, with a capacity of up to 8 people), chairlift (4-seater chairs), towline types and a travolator along the children's educational slope.

There are ski passes from midday and evening to multi-day and seasonal. Learn more about the trails, ski areas, routes, lifts and ski passes in the Krasnaya Polyana resort…

Walking tickets at the Krasnaya Polyana resort

In addition to skiing, the 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.

During the winter season, three gondola cable cars are available with walking tickets: Krasnaya Polyana K-1, Relict forest K-2 and Vertex K-3.

On these 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 Polyana 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.

With walking tickets at each of the three heights (Glade 960, +1460 meters, Glade 2200), you can go out and use all the services and entertainment located at a particular height.

Walking tickets in the winter season:

- "Panorama of Krasnaya Polyana" - one ascent and one descent during one day on the cable cars "Krasnaya Polyana", "Relict Forest" and "Vershina" to Polyana 2200 with a 360° panoramic viewing platform;

- "Polyana 960" - one ascent and one descent on the K-1 cable car to Polyana 960. Read more about the walking tickets of the Krasnaya Polyana resort…

Winter entertainment at the Krasnaya Polyana resort

The total approximate area of the resort is 863.7 hectares. All the objects of the resort are located at different altitudes: starting from the Mzymta River (Glade 540) from 540 meters above sea level and reaching the peaks of the mountain range - "Polyana 2200" and "Black Pyramid 2375", located at 2200 - 2350 (2375) meters above sea level.

For winter holidays, the Krasnaya Polyana resort can be divided into 5 zones, in which all the amenities are concentrated:

- Polyana 540

- Polyana 960

- +1460 meters

- Polyana 2200

- +2350 meters.

Polyana 540

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.

In winter, the following places and entertainment are available in Polyana 540:

- Vremena Goda Park with places for recreation and walking, children's and sports grounds. On New Year's Eve, a Christmas tree is installed in the park;

- fair of taste and entertainment, located on the fairground.

At the fair, various goods are sold from wooden tents.

There is a children's carousel here;

- multifunctional shopping and entertainment center "Gorki Mall", which contains: shops and salons, ATMs and pharmacies, laundry and dry cleaning, a large supermarket, a water park, a cinema, bowling and billiards, a children's club, an esports club, an entertainment zone and catering.

The shopping center "Gorki Mall" is located at the address: Gornaya Karusel Street, 3. Learn more about the Gorki Mall shopping center…

- Sochi Casino is a cultural and entertainment complex located on 33,000 square meters.

In the casino: restaurants, a bar, a poker club, a slot machine hall, roulette.

The casino hosts entertainment show programs, live performances of musicians and concerts of famous Russian and world stars, themed parties, broadcasts of leading sports events and intellectual shows.

The address of the Sochi Casinois 51 Estonskaya Street. More about Sochi Casino…

- concert and entertainment venue "WOW Arena" with the possibility of organizing events of any level.

The arena was built using modern technologies, which makes it possible to make the site mobile-transformable for any event formats: concerts, fights, conferences, exhibitions, discos, etc.

The total capacity of the auditorium is from 500 to 3000 seats.

Various events are regularly held on the site: music programs and concerts, fights and shows, performances of artists and theatrical productions.

The address of the WOW Arenais 51 Estonskaya Street. WOW Arena website: wow-arena.

- the Friends Museum is a space for people who are passionate about mountain sports, where guests are told the history of the development of off-piste skiing in Russia and the emergence of Krasnaya Polyana; where guests can see (and possibly test) historical models of snowboards and downhill skis from legendary riders, as well as watch retro films.

The museum's exposition presents samples of snowboards and downhill skis of future collections, historical models of snowboards and downhill skis, photos of off-piste skiing and outdoor activities, as well as other artifacts, such as maps of the area, ski passes, breast plates and sports awards.

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, ski equipment rental, an instructor service and an information center. Learn more about Polyana 540…

Polyana 960

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, a residential area with hotels, ski lifts and the lower reaches of the ski slopes, a children's educational slope, a park and places for walking, a children's playground, observation decks, mountain baths, entertainment and various services are provided. There are ticket offices, toilets, a medical center, an instructor service and rental of ski equipment and equipment.

Viewing platforms

There are several observation points on Polyana 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.

Tubing center

Descent is possible from snow slides on inflatable sleds or "cheesecakes" (tubes).

There is a children's slide for kids from 2 to 5 years old and several descents for older children and adults. The tubing area is equipped with a special rope lift that will lift the "cheesecake" to the start of the descent.

Free luggage storage and a tube bar are available on site.

Entertainment is paid.

Husky Center

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.

In winter and with a sufficient amount of snow, dog sledding in sleds is available.

Visiting the husky center and all entertainment is paid.

Reindeer Farm

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.

In the winter season, if there is enough snow, you can ride a sled in a reindeer sled. Such a trip is available for visitors of any age. The sled can accommodate two people at the same time.

Visits to the reindeer farm and sledding are 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.

Entrance to the park is paid.

Air balloon

The balloon smoothly lifts the guests over the Polyana 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.

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 and an outdoor swimming pool with a terrace. 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.

Snowmobile tours

From Glade 960, winter tours along the ridge on snowmobiles are possible (if there is enough snow and favorable weather conditions).

Start-behind the 5-star hotel Novotel Resort Krasnaya Polyana Sochi. Learn more about Glade 960…

Polyana 1460 meters

Altitude 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 Glade 960.

At an altitude of 1460 there are: observation decks and observation points, ski slopes, cafes, restaurants and toilets; + from the height there are trails suitable for evening skiing and snowboarding.

Observation deck

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…

Glade 2200

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 Glade 2200 by the gondola cable car "Vershina" (K-3) from the Glade 1460 meters.

In winter, Glade 2200 is the highest (final) point that can be reached with walking tickets.

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, ski slopes, a training descent, an instructor service, chair and gondola lifts, toilets,a medical center and some entertainment. Learn more about Polyana 2200...

Observation deck

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…

Height +2350 meters

The height of 2350 meters in the winter season is available for skiers and snowboarders.

The chairlifts "Aibga" (K-4) and "Black Pyramid" (K-5) lead to the height from the Glade 2200.

At the height there are ski slopes and the all-season entertainment megazipline.

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.

Both single and pair flights are possible.

In the winter season, the megazipline is available to guests by ski passes (you need to purchase a separate ticket for the megazipline at the ticket office at the start), and in the summer - for everyone. In addition, there are days during the winter season when groups of guests are recruited using walking tickets for the megazipline. Learn more about the megasipline...

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).

More information about how to get to all the ski resorts of Krasnaya Polyana (Esto-Sadok), including the mountain resort of Krasnaya Polyana, can be found here →

Where to stay in the Krasnaya Polyana resort

You can stay at the Krasnaya Polyana resort in two places:

1. In the lower reaches of the cable cars - in Polyana 540.

From the placement funds:

- 5-star Marriott Sochi Krasnaya Polyana Resort features an outdoor swimming pool, a restaurant, a bar, a fitness center, a children's club, free Wi-Fi, a ski storage room and ski equipment, a spa center with a sauna, a steam bath and an indoor pool.

Breakfast is included in the room rate;

- 4-star Courtyard Marriott Resort Sochi Krasnaya Polyana with a fitness center, sauna, 2 restaurants, bar, ski storage room, free Wi-Fi and on-site parking.

Breakfast can be included in the room rate;

- 3-star Bonus Hotel Krasnaya Polyana offers family rooms, a 24-hour front desk, an ATM, free Wi-Fi and private parking on site;

- Gorki Gorod Apartment with free Wi-Fi with a 24-hour front desk, air conditioning, free parking and a children's playground on site;

- 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.

From the placement funds:

- 5-star Hotel Rixos Krasnaya Polyana Sochi with an indoor pool, spa center, restaurant, nightclub, meeting room, luggage storage, children's club and free Wi-Fi.

All rooms offer mountain views. Most rooms have a balcony, while suites have a living room.

Breakfast is included in the room rate;

- 5-star Sberbank Corporate Center hotel with a restaurant, lobby bar, ski storage room, mini golf club, billiards, karaoke club, 24-hour front desk, free private parking, free Wi-Fi and a spa center with a swimming pool, saunas, Turkish hammam and fitness center.

A buffet breakfast is included in the room rate;

- The 5-star Mövenpick Hotel Krasnaya Polyana features a restaurant, a lobby bar, a business center, a spa center with an indoor pool and a sauna, free Wi-Fi and free ski storage.

Breakfast can be included in the room rate;

- 5-star Resort Hotel Novotel Resort Krasnaya Polyana Sochi with a bar, a restaurant with a terrace with mountain views, a ski storage room, luggage storage, a 24-hour front desk, a conference room, a banquet hall, free parking and free Wi-Fi.

The rooms offer a view of the mountains.

Breakfast can be included in the room rate;

- with panoramic views of the peaks, a swimming pool, a restaurant, a bar, a free fitness center, a free ski storage room and a children's club.

The room rate includes: breakfast or breakfast + dinner;

- 4-star hotel Dolina 960 with swimming pools, spa center, bar, restaurant, luggage storage, dry cleaning and ironing services.

Breakfast is included in the room rate;

- 4-star ibis Styles Krasnaya Polyana Hotel with a terrace, a restaurant, a lobby bar, a seating area, a 24-hour front desk, free parking and free Wi-Fi.

Breakfast can be included in the room rate;

- The 4-star Novotel Congress Krasnaya Polyana Resort features a restaurant, lobby bar, fitness center, free Wi-Fi and free parking.

Some rooms have a balcony with mountain views.

Breakfast can be included in the room rate;

-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-Sadka, including at the Krasnaya Polyana resort (Polyana 540 and Polyana 960), can be viewed and booked here

Practical information

Krasnaya Polyana resort is constantly developing, new trails, lifts, entertainment and tourist routes are appearing on its territory.

The best time to visit the mountain resort of Krasnaya Polyana as a ski resort is from December to March. Sometimes the season starts in November and ends in May (June). But there are also rains at the height of the season, then the snow lies only on the upper marks of the slopes.

The opening and closing dates of the ski season 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 ski season is posted on the official website of the resort (the website is listed below).

Ascents to the resort, including to the Glade 2200, are available in winter by ski passes and year-round by walking tickets, besides, 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, trails 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 in real time.

Ski passes and walking tickets 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, 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.

Map-scheme of the Krasnaya Polyana winter resort

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