Breakaway Point, or the Great Races at La Plagne
One of the main attractions of La Plani is the Olympic bobsled track, built before the Olympics in Albertville in 1992. The only one in France, this route is considered…

Continue reading →

Unleash the Mist, or Aquamistics in Leukerbad
We have already written many times about the Leukerbad Therme complex (formerly Burgerbad), the largest thermal complex in Leukerbad, but as it turned out, even after three years of regular…

Continue reading →

Villars, canton of Vaud. Switzerland
Among the guests of Villara are those who, having arrived once, come back here for many years in a row. The royals, Formula 1 stars, movie stars, not to mention…

Continue reading →

Since we are relocating to the next snow destination Dragobrat the other day, I would like to summarize the month of skiing in Sheregesh. Still, a big piece of life, elah-burns. The final report about Geshe ski – below.

From the point of view of the ski infrastructure, Mount Zelenaya (Caritschal) is one of the best ski resorts in the country, it is worth recognizing. Still, 42 km of “tracks” that serve 17 existing lifts of various types, including a number of high-speed modern gondola and gondola-chair lifts. Moreover, the growth of infrastructure is particularly active in the last 5-7 years.

There are further megaprojects for hundreds of millions of dollars of varying degrees of scale … which ones are realized, life will show. But the fact that there is not bad, to say the least. Although if for the same Komsomolskaya Pravda (the nearest peak of the Mustag Range) a cable car will be built, as planned, no one, I think, will not refuse))

Unlike the slopes of Mount Green, the village itself is certainly not so modern and advanced. Alpine ski and mining entities exist in it as if in parallel realities, without intersecting.

The ski history in Geshe began in 1980, with the Games of the Peoples of the RSFSR, but, it should be noted, the following years, until the early 90s, Mount Green remained a training center, but not at all tourist-oriented. Only much later began the construction of hotels and other infrastructure. People who came at the dawn of the formation of the Sheregesh ski and those who came today will see absolutely two different Gesh …

There are many lifts, but this is not yet a single system, when I arrived, I bought a so-called cash register at the box office. ski pass, that is, a day-week-month pass and you ride, no. On the main sector A (“Freestyle”, “Cascade” and the former “Shoria-Tour”) there are only travel cards, on the “SkayWay-Panorama” others, and on the gondolas of E sector there are paper tickets … Pricing policy and nuances are also different everywhere .

But, on the other hand, not everything is as scary as it may seem at first glance. It is enough to purchase only 2 plastic cards, for example, “Elena-Cascade” (on sector A) and “SkyWay-Panoramas” and, putting money on them, ride everywhere except the gondolas on E. Moreover, no matter how much money they have, if snow suddenly falls and you want to take a 4-hour subscription, then you just need to go to the checkout and pay this 4-hour travel ticket additionally, from the moment of the first pass it will start working, but the main money will not be debited from the card. In general, everything is quite convenient and reasonable, as is customary in modern resorts.

Yes, who does not know, on 9.11.2011, the lifts and infrastructure of CJSC “Shoria Tour” are now purchased by Kaskad Group, so the merger has begun, even though absorption has begun … for the end user, this is probably even good, at least in Geshe.

About cons. First, cards can only be purchased (50-100 p.), Then they are not refundable, but the validity period is not fixed, so it can be used in the following visits. Secondly, the money placed on the “Elena-Cascade” card is not returned. Therefore, you need to put exactly as much as you plan to roll, no more, or you can reluctantly lend a respected cableway)).

The main bug of Gesh refers to a phenomenon called “the tragedy of public use systems”, there is one in the theory of systems. The bottom line is that the better the system, the greater the number of people begin to use it and the worse it gets. That is, if in a nutshell. For Gesh, the worst bottleneck, in my opinion, is the wild queues at the lifts. Not always and not everywhere, but the phenomenon is.

So the most popular lifts (not the most convenient, I must say), especially on weekends, should be avoided. Instead of sector A, use Skyveer “Panorama”, instead of “Helena Cascade”, – “Freestyle” or upper bows, etc.

With proper tactical planning, you can ride in perfect solitude, in the format of “10 people on the cable car,” if you know when and where to go. This knowledge does not come immediately, but after a week in Geshe you are being mastered enough to cut through the piece. Unless, of course, I have studied all possible options before that, and not rolled all the days on one “dollar” and “forehead”.

At the expense of rentals, cafes and so on. here is more or less.

The most abundant rentals at the main slope, at the bottom of sector A, there are probably a dozen and a half of them. If there is enough snow, then the choice of what can be taken is great, right down to the latest innovations of this season, especially skis. There is even a ski tour and snowshoes, which are very relevant in Geshe (snowshoes – 280 p / day). By the way, the characteristic feature of local rentals is free tea, which you can drink from them while you wait for the order to be fulfilled. Trifle, but nice.

Cafes are no less abundant than rentals, unless dispersed more evenly over the mountain. There are well-known to all local riders “Bullet-1”, “Bullet-2”, “Tramlin” and even “Finish”. And many others.

Freestyle in the Dolomites: Come, they will teach you!
The news that this winter in the Dolomiti Superski region will build more than 20 snow parks for the majority, probably will not be decisive. Even if many of us…

...

La Plagne without skis: how to take children and grandmothers
With the ski area in La Plain everything is in order: here and a week is not enough to roll out all the tracks Paradiski. But the weather in the…

...

Zell am See: favorites for kids
The first thing that catches the eye on the main street of Zelat am See is the myriad of après ski bars, as well as carriages parked near them with…

...

Nenda: small big freeride
Nenda is part of the Four Valleys ski area (4 Vallees), one of the largest in Switzerland, combining also the resorts of Verbier, Chion and Veysonne. There are more than…

...