Where to go skiing in mountain Altai - a story from a local

Where to go skiing in mountain Altai - a story from a local resident

If your suitcase is always half full, a 30-liter travel backpack already seems too small, and you study airline offers with interest, then you are a real traveler. Therefore, an article about a new vacation spot on the eve of the winter season will be of interest to you. I'll tell you where to go skiing in the Altai mountains.

My name is Yana. I am 29 years old and I am from snowy Siberia. In February 2020, I suddenly realized that winter would end soon, and I still didn't even get my skis. I quickly booked rooms at the tourist base, grabbed my skis, my wife and went to the Altai Republic.

How to get there

Altai is available to everyone. You can often find good prices for a flight from Moscow to Gorno-Altaysk airport - from 2200 rubles. one way. You can also choose the airport of arrival in Barnaul or Novosibirsk. Then order a transfer or rent a car (the average cost is 2500 rubles per day).

I live in the capital of the Altai Territory - in Barnaul. The distance from us to the border with the Altai Republic is 250 km along the Chuisky tract. Yes, the Altai Territory and the Altai Republic are different regions.

  • go to the distant real Altai, where Roerich was looking for Shambhala (this is another 600 km),
  • or stop at nearby bases.

We drove our own car according to the second option. We arrived in 3 hours. There are often gas stations and cafes along the Chuisky tract, and it is one of the 10 most beautiful roads in the world. Multiple photo stops are inevitable.

Where to live

We planned the trip for the weekend, so the main criteria when choosing a base were:

  • proximity to the beginning of the Republic, so as not to waste time on the road,
  • proximity to the ski complex
  • location on the banks of the Katun.

I chose the tourist complex "Lyubava", which is located 5 km from the ski resort "Manzherok", and 280 km from Barnaul.

This is a complex of detached houses in a pine forest with panoramic windows and a terrace. Despite the fact that the Katun is a mountain river, in winter it is covered with ice and only in a few places with rapids one can observe its course. It is in the area of ​​the base that it is open and, just imagine what pleasure you can get sitting on the terrace overlooking the snowy mountains and the turquoise noisy Katun.

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I love nature, fresh air and long walks. Having traveled half the world, I caught myself thinking that she had devoted too little time to her native country, so I decided to explore every corner of it. I have heard a lot about Gorny Altai: that this is a place of stunning beauty, a land of untouched nature, snowy peaks and mountain lakes, where they go for adrenaline and active rest. And also mysterious stories about shamans and Altai spirits. Spending most of the year in the Moscow office, I decided that a small reboot and digital detox would not be superfluous, so I packed up and went to Altai.

Our trip was organized by the travel club "Strannik", with which I went to Kamchatka and across Iceland, so I did not doubt their reliability.


The average price of a two-week hike is 25,000-30,000 rubles. When choosing, pay attention to whether transfers, food and public equipment are included (all this was included in our price). We chose a two-week combo tour, which, in addition to hiking around the Multinsky Lakes, included horseback riding and three days of rafting down the Katun River.

On a hike, I called a German friend who was so inspired by my stories about Kamchatka that he asked me to take him with me next time. Everything he heard about Siberia was from the series "It's cold there and there is snow everywhere." Imagine his surprise when we advised you to bring your bathing accessories! For two weeks, his idea of ​​Russia and the Russian people changed dramatically, and he simply fell in love with Gorny Altai. As we are.

How to get there

Gorno-Altaysk is considered the starting point of all hikes in Gorny Altai. There are several ways to get to it:

From Moscow

S7, Aeroflot, Ural Airlines, UTair have direct flights to Gorno-Altaysk. In high season, they fly at least once a day. It is better to buy tickets in advance, as well as track airline promotions. A good price - 13,000-14,000 rubles in both directions, but if you fly with transfers, you can get it cheaper. The flight duration is 4-4.5 hours.

From St. Petersburg

There are no direct flights, the transfer will be in Moscow, and the tickets themselves will cost more. Better to get to Moscow by train, from where you can fly.

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