I am releasing the following material about one of the best ski resorts in Russia – Sheregesh. In the last article, I described my experience as a beginner in Dombay, and in this one, I almost confidently ski in Sheregesh (and compare it with other skis from my travel luggage).
If you like skiing and have not yet been to Siberia, then Sheregesh in the 2023 season – an idea for your note. The gurney opens early, already in mid-November, and ends in mid-April. It was in “Gesh” that I caught the mood of a cool skiing party, which was not, for example, in Dombay: bars on skis, apres, frost, Christmas trees – the sensations remained the most festive.
How did we get to Sheregesh? Transport
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My friends and I spent the January holidays of 2023 here (well, we celebrated the New Year at the same time). Despite the fact that getting from the capital is quite far, it's worth it, believe me. I still remember the Sheregesh ski resort with pleasure, because its main advantage is the variety of slopes and snow. Plenty of fluffy snow!
So, where is Sheregesh?This is a village in the Tashtagolsky district of the Kemerovo region. The nearest airport to the resort is located 150 km away – in the city of Novokuznetsk. S7 flies direct to Novokuznetsk: the cost of a round-trip flight from Moscow in February 2023 starts from 15,000 rubles. If you are flying with sports equipment, add another 5,000 rubles to the fare (S7 has nice discounts on sports luggage, but the full price for it can be 40 percent more expensive). From Kazan, for example, Nordwind Airlines has direct flights, and they cost about the same. We flew from Moscow, tickets cost 21,500 rubles per person in both directions.
Then follows an equally important step: to plan an independent trip to Sheregesh, book a transfer IN ADVANCE. This is the only convenient way to get to the village, and besides, many flights arrive in Novokuznetsk at night.
It took us about 3 hours to get to the resort by car. As you understand, a three-hour taxi that will carry your snowboards or skis and some other luggage is not the cheapest story, so we, as usual, went with a big group to chip in FOR EVERYTHING. Count on the amount from 5,000 rubles for a passenger car for two or three to 8,000 rubles for a minibus.
The most curious thing is that at the exit from the airport we immediately felt the unique smell of rubber. This is waiting for you too, but do not rush to look around for the source: this is how the AIR smells in this industrial region. Well, what, here is such a local feature!
By the way, one evening in a local bar, new acquaintances told me about another format of recreation popular among skiers – author's tours. You join a group of like-minded people, and the organizer does literally all the organizational moments for you – from hotels and transfers to a “cultural” program. You only ride on the best tracks, relax in cool places and communicate with interesting “classmates”. I think that this is beautiful, it’s a pity that I have already used my vacation for this year. As I was advised, everything about author's tours can be studied and viewed on the YouTravelMe website.
Prices for hotels and apartments in Sheregesh – 2023
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Where to stay in Sheregesh? Geographically, there are two options: in the village or near the tracks themselves. I’ll tell you more about both options, since housing prices in Sheregesh also depend on the choice.
Accommodation in the village.This is the residential part of the resort, the most ordinary urban-type settlement – with shops, cafes, a cinema, graffiti on houses, children's slides. You can rent an apartment in an ordinary panel house (there is a Daily website for this) and go to the grocery store like a local. The slopes can be reached in 10 minutes by car.
- An apartment on Dzerzhinsky Street (where we lived) will cost 28,000 rubles per week, but you can settle at least three of us
- Another option with two bedrooms and nice decor will cost 25,000 rubles for a week
Accommodation near the slopes.In the immediate vicinity of the ski lifts there are hotels and hotels. The prices for them at the Sheregesh ski resort in 2023 are as follows (for a week of stay in February):
- A very nice mini-hotel Rosehip, with a sauna, not far from the slopes and with a beautiful view from the windows – 33 000 rubles
- Ski Park Guest House, one and a half kilometers from the ski lifts, with a barbecue area — 38,000 rubles
- We Ski Gesh Guest House, also with a sauna, 720 meters from Sector E — 40,000 rubles
- For comparison, in the Shorya Port mini-hotel across the road from the slopes, from which you need to walk about nothing at all, a standard room already costs 57,000 rubles per week
All housing is similar to each other – they are wooden houses with all conveniences, sheathed from the inside also with wooden panels. Prices for hotels in Sheregesh in 2023, as in any other resort, depend on the proximity to the slopes (and the level of amenities, of course). They look for and book hotels on Ostrovka.
My advice to everyone.You can choose to stay in Sheregesh near some track … But keep in mind that some (excellent) sectors for skiing are at a distance of a car ride (because we all understand that you will not go anywhere with equipment).
< p>This is how the Sheregesh ski resort works: it makes no sense to plan that you will spend a week skiing only on the “Dollar” or “Mustag” track. Be sure to get to the sectors E and “Panorama” – because they are super! This means that you still have to use a car or a taxi, and it follows from this that it’s not very scary to live not near the highways (or not near “the very ones”). After spending 10 days in Geshe, I was completely delighted with the fact that there is so much variability for skiing.
My company and I rented several apartments in the village in the same house on Dzerzhinsky Street, as we wanted to save on housing. Every day, a trip to the Sheregesh cable cars cost us 250 rubles by taxi, since we can get there quickly.
I can say with confidence that we did not regret a bit: if we wanted to party, we went out to bars or to dance in the evening. But often after skiing you just want to relax, which we did periodically visiting each other. At the same time, everyone’s apartments were spacious, all our belongings and a bunch of friends in the living room were easily placed there.
What if … and what if you don’t want to bother with choosing routes, finding places with food, sights, and even reading this article and writing out useful things? 🙂 I just want to come to the airport, like in tik-tok, and be led by the hand.Well, the god of skiing himself advises you to look for an author's tour – according to your needs, preferences and budget. From freeriding for the weekend to a week with full immersion in learning or polishing the existing level, from your company to meeting a bunch of interesting people – there are countless topics and programs in Sheregesh.
- The main site for author's tours in Russia is Youtravel.me.
The cost of such a tour does not include only the way to get to the meeting point. The price level varies from 9,500 rubles for a weekend trip to 25,000–40,000 rubles for a week. Here are the most popular options in Sheregesh ⬇️
Tourist reviews of Sheregesh
I really liked Sheregesh! I definitely want to go back and ride there. The trip actually started with the fact that we were invited by friends who spent a great previous season here.
The brightest and most important thing in this resort is, I repeat, snow. Clean, crumbly, light. And natural, they manage almost without guns! I will never forget this feeling when you slide along the track, as if not touching the ground – fantastic. But at the moment, tourists' reviews of Sheregesh in 2023 say that there is still less snow this year than it usually happens at this time of the year. However, the whole winter is still ahead, and the season in Siberia is long – we are waiting for snow and winter joys!
The climate and weather of Sheregesh – when is the best time to go?
The season in Sheregesh starts in the first decade of November. The current one started on November 11th. When it closes, you can see it in the snow, but in general they ride until mid-April, even until the 20th, and this happened.
The weather in Sheregesh is VERY Siberian: the average temperature in December-January fluctuates around -10°C … -15°C. But you should not rely heavily on this, the frosts are notable in winter. Already in November last year, the temperature dropped to -34 degrees! Personally, I endure such a minus quite tolerantly: the main thing is to dress and move. But equipment is more important than anywhere else, the body must work and warm up properly.
In March and April, the weather is more pleasant – up to + 15 ° C on the thermometer, and someone even puts on a SWIMSUIT on the Warmer Fest! Well, summer in this region is hot – from +20°C to +25°C, sometimes even higher.
Krasnaya Polyana, Dombay, Sheregesh or Arkhyz – where is it better to go?
If you have not traveled to popular resorts before, you may have a question in the spirit of: Sheregesh or Krasnaya Polyana, Sheregesh or Arkhyz?
All resorts are very different! I tried to make a sign to show their strengths and weaknesses. I do not pretend to be 100% objective, but still:
How are you You can see that everywhere there are nuances: Sochi is warm and has great infrastructure, but it’s more expensive to live and eat there. It can be very cold in Sheregesh, but there can be no snow at all in Sochi.
On Dombay and Elbrus, the mountains are higher and the views are steeper. At the same time, there is nothing for beginners to do on Elbrus, and on Dombai there is a very weak infrastructure. There are quite a few trails on Arkhyz – this resort, I hope, will surprise us in the future.
But my conclusion and advice will be this: you should definitely go to Sheregesh! So many trails, routes, good lifts, snow, Siberia – beauty, and nothing more.
How much does a holiday in Sheregesh cost?
I offer an approximate cost estimate for a week-long trip for one a person in order to understand how much a vacation in Sheregesh will cost in 2023. The price tag is for one, but accommodation is designed for two, as is a group transfer.
- Flight from Moscow – 20,000 rubles
- Transfer – 3,000 rubles
- Accommodation – 15,000 rubles in an apartment, 20,000 rubles in a guest house closer to the slopes in A)
- Food – 10,000 rubles (cafes on the slopes no more than 1,000 rubles for lunch and dinner at home)
- Equipment rental – 9,000 rubles (if you rent everything)
- Souvenirs — 2000 rubles
Total: 70,000 rubles. You can safely deduct rental from this if you have everything of your own, or you live in an apartment for four. Well, or vice versa, add the cost of bars, bathhouses and snowmobiles.
Prices in Sheregesh are not the lowest, and you can spend much more. And most likely you will spend more, since my calculations are still very average (“I need to start keeping an accurate budget,” I tell myself every time). But on a rare vacation, you can still treat yourself to wonderful skiing, especially when you have been waiting for it for a whole year!
Sheregesh in the summer – what is it like?
Now the region is trying to develop tourism not only in winter: in summer, quad bike trips, fishing on the Biya River, dog trekking, trips to natural attractions – Blue Lake, Stone Camel rocks, Mount Devil's Finger are popular. You can also go to the city of Tashtagol to get acquainted with the sights of Mountain Shoria – this is the name of this mountainous taiga region.
Several years in a row, Sheregesh closed the season with a bright Grelka Fest. To understand what it is, just imagine hundreds of skiers and snowboarders on the slopes… in swimsuits! They promise that Warmer Fest 2023 will take place in April, but there are no dates yet. So we are waiting for the announcements.
Well, what else can I say. Feel free to plan an independent trip to Sheregesh in the 2023 season, and let the trip be bright!