In winter, Baikal is unique and fabulous. Its snow-capped peaks, transparent and sparkling ice in the sun, fluffy spruces, crisp snow and endless white expanses – this is what it takes to come to Baikal in winter.
But in addition to the usual excursions to Lake Baikal come for this winter adrenaline rush. The number of extreme types of recreation, which give a huge emotional charge, is huge and fully accessible to anyone who wishes.
Anyone who has ever visited Baikal in the winter time will definitely come back again to see this miracle and recharge themselves with the energy received!
Cross-country skiing is one of the most favorite forms of recreation for residents of the Baikal region. This is facilitated by the mass of interesting routes in the suburbs of Irkutsk, along the Angara, over mountainous terrain with access to Lake Baikal, as well as over the ice of the lake itself. In February and March, literally every weekend, hundreds of people walk out onto the ski run, and many cross the Baikal ice shell in all directions.
The most popular with cross-country skiing lovers are routes in the environs of Irkutsk along the Yershovsky Bay, Jacobi Bay, in a grove near the campus, in the Olkhi area. For hire you can always pick up cross-country skis complete with boots at the IGU Yurfak ski base, located at the address: Irkutsk, ul. Ulan-Batorskaya, 8A, phone: +7 (3952) 526378
You can learn more about all the ski routes in the Baikal area and choose the most suitable one for yourself in the thematic branch on the angara.net forum. Here you can always ask a question and get detailed comments with tracks on any selected route.
Baikal icebound is amazingly beautiful! The snow-capped peaks of the mountains, transparent ice floes glittering in the sun, crisp snow and endless winter expanses – this is what it takes to come to Baikal in winter.
Snowmobiles – an integral part of an active winter holiday, filled with thrills and vivid impressions. Unleash your accumulated emotions! Feel the real drive behind the wheel of a powerful snowmobile, rushing across the endless snowy expanses of Baikal at a speed of more than 100 km / h! Adrenaline, raging in the blood, displace the blues and relieve fatigue. Stunning landscapes will not leave indifferent even the sophisticated travelers. Mirrors of transparent ice, with tongues of snow drifts and white fields of snowy virgin. Fantastic clusters of ice hummocks, sparkling in the rays of the bright Baikal sun, the azure sky and the snowy peaks of the surrounding mountains. The greatness of winter Baikal can not be described, you can only feel it!
The main places for snowmobile rides are the picturesque taiga sites along the Olkhinsky board, along Baikal from Listvyanka to the village of Bolshie Koty, on the ice of Baikal and of course the snowy slopes of the Khamar-Daban mountain range, where experienced extremesters master their skills.
A snowmobile on Lake Baikal can always be rented for self-guided tours or to book an already prepared excursion route. One of the most interesting at the cost of proposals for the rental of snowmobiles and ready-made excursion routes along the snowy Baikal taiga and Baikal is offered by Samoto, the base of which is located in Listvyanka.
For many years, skating has not lost its popularity in Irkutsk.
One of the most popular skiing options is on the mirrored ice of Lake Baikal on the frozen waters of the Small Sea and near Olkhon Island. Thanks to the winds, the snow from these parts of the lake is completely blown out, baring ideally smooth surface of thick and surprisingly clear ice.
You can get skating skills at any ice skating rink in the city of Irkutsk.
If you are comfortable in the city center, then of course choose the Trud stadium. There is an open skating rink (summer roller-track) for the right of the stadium, if you stand with your back to the street. Lenin. It works from Monday to Friday from 4 pm to 10 pm, on Saturdays, Sundays and public holidays – from 12 am to 10 pm (technical break: 4 pm – 5 pm). The entrance ticket to the rink costs 100 rubles. for adults and 50 rubles. – for kids. Skate rental – 100 rubles.
The Kapitel skating rink is closer to the residents of the Sverdlovsk region behind the Yuzhny market (it is open on weekdays from 15:00 to 22:00, on weekends from 12:00 to 22:00) and the skating rink at the Lokomotiv -1 stadium ( address: Botkina St., 1, open on Wednesday, Thursday and Friday from 17:00 to 21:00, on weekends from 15:00 to 21:00), as well as the indoor ice rink “Ice people”. Entrance fee to “Ice people” 150-200 rubles / hour (for adults), 100-150 rubles / hour (for children). Skate rental is additionally paid: 80 rubles per hour (for adults), 50 rubles per hour (for children). The cost of entering the open-air rinks is 100 rubles, the cost of renting skates there is 100-120 rubles.