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I came to Baikal to run a marathon. On a day before I took a chance and rent skis. Normally I ski in Alps, so I am a bit spoiled. Stil, slopes here are decent and snow is excellent. Most of all I enjoyed carving...More
Simple ski resort area with 1 chair lift and 3 rope lifts. Snow conditions vary with either man made snow to a meter of powder - weather varies significantly overnight due to the Baikal Lake. Most trails are a simple gentle decent - the eastern...More
Hill Sobolinaya located 150 km away to the south from Irkutsk city. No doubt Hill Sobolinaya is one of the best place in Russia to mess around with your snowboard or ski. The most highest place is around 1 km abow the sea level. It...More
We stayed at the Grand Baikel Hotel situated next to the ski slopes before the Baikal Ice Marathon for a few days. The slopes are swept with massive vehicles every night and in the mornings when you wake up and go outside the world is...More
Half a dozen lifts and a vertical fall of less than 500m but we'll groomed and organised. The staff were all very friendly and helpful. Lift pass including ski hire was R2,750. Great value. Tourist info in Irkutsk proudly told us that Mr Putin skis...More
There is rental equipment available right at the ski hill resort, and small rental stores on the drive up the mountain too. Lessons are available for all beginner levels, but you may be hard pressed to find someone that’s... More
There is rental equipment available right at the ski hill resort, and small rental stores on the drive up the mountain too. Lessons are available for all beginner levels, but you may be hard pressed to find someone that’s also English speaking. Those dates might be a little too early for ski season however. Last year the resort open middle of November but not all area had snow cover, and or it will be man made snow, which is icier.