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Mountain resort Krasnaya Polyana (Gorki Gorod) - travel guide

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 Sadke).

The resort can also be known as the Mountain Carousel.

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.

The total approximate area of the resort is 863.7 hectares. All the resort facilities, including ski slopes, lifts and entertainment, are located at various altitudes: starting from the Mzymta River (Polyana 540) from 540 meters above sea level and reaching the peaks of the mountain range - "Polyana 2200" and "Black Pyramid 2375", located at 2200 - 2375 meters above sea level.

Technically, the Krasnaya Polyana resort consists of:

- the main gondola cable cars, on which you can climb to different heights of the resort, chairlifts and rope lifts;

- eight main zones-heights (Polyana 540, Polyana 960, +1460 meters, the Eastern sector of the resort, Polyana 2200, +2050 meters, +2350 meters and the top of the Black Pyramid), connected by rolling roads, in winter also by ski slopes, and in summer by hiking routes. On the territory of the altitude zones and near them there are ski slopes, entertainment and the main objects of the resort.

In the winter season, the Krasnaya Polyana resort offers its guests trails for skiers and snowboarders, snow parks, observation decks and observation points, climbing to the Polyana 2200, areas for walking and recreation, cafes and restaurants, a sauna complex, winter tubing, theme parks, as well as other entertainment and services. More about Krasnaya Polyana resort in winter: recreation, entertainment, what to do…

In the summer season, these are: observation decks and observation points, hiking and cycling routes, climbing to the peaks of Polyana 2200 and the Black Pyramid, theme parks, rope park, summer tubing, a suspension bridge over the abyss, cafes and restaurants, a beach on the Black Sea, as well as other entertainment, activities and services. More about Krasnaya Polyana resort in summer: recreation, entertainment, what to do…

Ski lifts of the Krasnaya Polyana resort

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.

The ascent on the cable cars around the resort can be started from two places:

1. Polyana 540 - 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.

There are also parking lots and accommodation facilities (hotels, apartments) in Polyana 540.

In Polyana 540 there is the lower station of the resort's cable cars, from where you can climb the Krasnaya Polyana gondola cable car (K-1) in 7 minutes to the second level of the resort - to Polyana 960.

Read more about the lower station of the cable cars of the Krasnaya Polyana resort…

Learn more about the K-1 cable car…

2. Polyana 960, which is the most 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.

Glade 960 can be reached by the K-1 gondola cable car or by private car. In Polyana 960 there are paid parking and accommodation facilities (hotels, chalets, apartments).

Gondola and chair lifts run from Glade 960 to various heights of the resort.

Ski slopes of the Krasnaya Polyana resort

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 is about 30 kilometers from an altitude of +2340 meters to +960 meters.

At the resort of Krasnaya Polyana, there are trails of all levels of difficulty, ranging from light (green) to very difficult (black) trails. There are also educational and children's slopes, snow parks, a flight zone, freeride trails and trails with artificial snow and lighting, suitable for evening skiing. Learn more about the trails, ski areas, routes, lifts and ski passes in the Krasnaya Polyana resort…

Ski passes and walking tickets of Krasnaya Polyana resort

You can visit the Krasnaya Polyana resort all year round with walking tickets (cable car lifts without skating), and in the winter season also with ski passes (for skiers and snowboarders).

Ski passes of Krasnaya Polyana resort

There are ski passes from midday and evening to multi-day and seasonal.

There are adult and children's ski passes. Children's tickets are available for children from 7 to 14 years old inclusive. Children up to and including 6 years old are provided with a free pass.

There are also:

- training ski passes, which are valid only in the training areas when buying a lesson at the instructor school of the resort;

- fast tracks - the passage to the boarding on the cable cars of the resort is out of turn.

You can purchase a single ski pass, according to which skiers and snowboarders get the right to ride, as well as use the infrastructure and services of all ski resorts of Krasnaya Polyana (Esto-Sadka): Rosa Khutor, Gazprom MTC (Alpika and Laura slopes) and Krasnaya Polyana.

Walking tickets of the Krasnaya Polyana resort

Walking tickets are available all year round and their variations vary depending on the season.

Winter season

In the winter season, three gondola cable cars are available for 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 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.

Summer season

During the summer season, the three above-mentioned gondola cable cars (K-1, K-2 and K - 3), as well as chairlifts are also available for walking tickets-as a rule, these are: Aibga (K-4), Black Pyramid (K-5), Eastern Forest (K-10), Champion Start (K-12) and Polikar Waterfall (K-13).

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 you can make a hike to the top of the Black Pyramid, located at an altitude of 2375 meters above sea level. Learn more about walking tickets and their variations by season…

P.S.

Using walking tickets at each of the heights available in a particular season, you can go out and use all the services and entertainment located at a particular height.

The cost of ski passes and walking tickets and their variations vary from season to season.

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 of the resort's entertainment are usually lower than when buying at the ticket offices or terminals.

We recommend checking all possible combinations of ski passes and walking tickets and their cost, as well as other information about the Krasnaya Polyana resort, on the official website of the resort (the website is listed at the end of this article).

Summer hiking routes around the resort

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…

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.

During the summer season, 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. For all other guests of the resort, the transfer is paid.

Entertainment and services at the Krasnaya Polyana resort

Glade 540

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 Polyana 540 there are: the Seasons Park with a skate park and a children's playground, a shopping and entertainment center with a water park and a cinema, a Sochi casino, museums, a fairground with a children's carousel, an equipped embankment, a concert and entertainment venue "WOW Arena", a rope park and a climbing wall. Also: 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…

Glade 960

Polyana 960 is the second height (second level) of the resort, which can be reached all year round by the Krasnaya Polyana gondola cable car (K-1) from the lower cable car station in Polyana 540, as well as by car.

In the Meadow 960 are: restaurants and cafes, shops and showrooms, residential area with hotels, Parking, lifts, walking areas, children's Playground, lookout mountain baths, Medical & SPA centre, husky center, reindeer farm, a theme Park Wonder Land, archery shooting and a possible hot air ballooning. There are cash registers, toilets and a medical center.

In winter + the lower reaches of the ski slopes, educational and children's slopes, instructor service, rental of ski equipment, winter tubing and snowmobile excursions.

In summer + summer tubing, bike park, safari on quad bikes or buggies, fitness training and running routes, the territory of creativity "Olgiz".

In the summer season, hiking trails along mountain trails (ecotropes) run from Polyana 960 through the resort. Learn more about Polyana 960…

Glade 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 all year round 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, toilets, a medical center.

In winter, ski slopes descend from Glade 1460, including those suitable for evening skiing.

In summer, there is a rope adventure park with suspended routes of various difficulty levels and observation platforms fixed on tree poles at a height of 5 to 15 meters. From the height, hiking routes run through the resort. Learn more about the height of +1460 meters…

The eastern sector of the 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".

During the winter season, this sector is only accessible to people using ski passes. There are ski trails in the sector.

In the summer season The Eastern sector is available to everyone. In summer, as a rule, the Champion Start (K-12) and Polikar Waterfall (K-13) chairlifts operate in the sector.

In summer, hiking trails run along the Eastern Sector, following which you can walk:

- to one of the highest in the territory of Sochi and one of the most beautiful waterfalls in easy access - the Polikar waterfall;

- to the Bear Waterfall and to the valley of rhododendrons, located in the Circus sector-2 of the Krasnaya Polyana 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.

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 all year round on the gondola cable car "Vershina" (K-3) from the Glade 1460 meters.

In the winter season, for people with walking tickets, Glade 2200 is the final and highest point that can be climbed. In the summer season, you can climb higher from Glade 2200.

On the Glade 2200 there is: a panoramic observation deck and observation points, a high-altitude restaurant "Height" with a panoramic terrace, an open fast food area, toilets, a medical center, entertainment Megacachels.

In winter + ski slopes, ski lifts and an instructor service.

In summer + entertainment suspension bridge over the abyss. Summer hiking routes are possible from the height.

From the Polyana 2200 mark, paragliding flights are possible in the appropriate (good) weather. By paragliding, you can go down to the mark "Polyana 960". Learn more about Polyana 2200...

+2050 meters

From the Polyana 2200 in summer, you can walk or ride the Aibga chairlift (K-4) to the mark of 2050 meters.

In winter, the height of +2050 is accessible by ski passes and a red (difficult) track leads from the height to the Eastern sector of the resort.

At the mark of 2050 meters there are: cafes, fast food and toilets; + from the mark, summer hiking routes along the ridge are possible.

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.

+2350 meters

From the height of + 2050 meters in the summer season, you can walk or ride the Black Pyramid chairlift (K-5) to the level of +2350 meters.

This station is marked as altitude 2375.

In winter, this height is accessible by ski passes and ski trails lead from it.

On the site +2350 locatedviewpoint; + sites Hiking summer, 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.

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. In the winter season, the megazipline is available for guests by ski pass, and in the summer-for everyone. 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 on 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, which is available only in the summer season.

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…

Practical information

The opening and closing dates of the seasons are determined by the administration of the Krasnaya Polyana resort, depending on weather conditions. The administration can also determine the dates and deadlines for routine maintenance. Information about determining the start and end dates of the winter and summer seasons is posted on the official website of the resort.

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.

Website of the mountain resort Krasnaya Polyana: krasnayapolyanaresort.

Map-scheme of the Krasnaya Polyana winter resort

Map-scheme of the summer resort Krasnaya Polyana

Open the map of routes and lifts (summer) →

Where to stay in the Krasnaya Polyana resort

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

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

2. On the second level of the resort - in the Glade 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.

All accommodation facilities in Esto-Sadka, including at the Krasnaya Polyana resort (in Polyana 540 and Polyana 960) can be viewed and booked here booking

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 →

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