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15.02.2013 | By Leonid Uzvar

Everything about alpine skiing in Ukraine

You can enjoy a great vacation not only under the hot summer sun, but also in the frosty winter and clean air on the snow-capped mountains of Ukraine. Tourists from all over Europe flock to Ukrainian ski resorts every winter

Nice alternative

The main motivation for the development of mountain and downhill skiing in Ukraine and the construction of new ski slopes is the ambitious desire of the Ukrainian government to bid for the chance to the tender for hosting the 2022 Winter Olympics.

Ski resorts in Ukraine are located in the Carpathian Mountains (Zakarpattya, Chernivtsi, Lviv and Ivano-Frankivsk oblasts). There are also ski resorts in Crimea. Overall, there are 51 ski resorts in Ukraine. They are fairly decent alternative to ski resorts abroad. The infrastructure (accommodation, services and equipment) is improving with every year, prices remain reasonable and it is much easier and cheaper to get to these resorts. Moreover, tourists coming to Ukraine from abroad will enjoy a combination of the picturesque Carpathian landscapes, the hospitality of the local residents and their colorful traditions, which are sure to leave unforgettable impressions.

Carpathians

Ski resorts in the Carpathians Bukovel, Slavske, Drahobrat are the best places for winter outdoor activities.

Bukovel is a favorite resort for the Ukrainian elite and is also attractive for foreign tourists. It is located on three mountains Bukovel, Chorna Kleva and Dovha. The mountains protect the resort from cold winds. There are more than 50 km of ski trails for rookies, experienced skiers and snowboarders and even trails for athletes 7 blue, 28 red and 7 black. The resort has one surface lift and 15 chairlifts. You can ski at Bukovel even on warm winter days, because it is equipped with snow cannons. Most trails are lit for night skiing and the resort has snow from December till the end of April.

Bukovel stands out for its developed infrastructure. At the base of the mountain there are outlets for rental of ski equipment, a skiing school, ski bars, restaurants and a nightclub. An additional amenity is the natural mineral water springs on the resorts territory for health treatment.

Bukovel attracts tourists by reducing prices for accommodation, ski lifts and equipment rental. It is very easy to get there by bus from the Ivano-Frankivsk railway station or airport or by the Lviv Vorokhta bus.

Slavske has become one of the most popular ski resorts in Ukraine since the start of the 20th century when Polish and Austro-Hungarian nobility visited the Carpathian village to drink mineral water. Today, tourists often come to Slavske to ski and relax on weekends.

The resort has 12 different ski trails (with the exception of black diamond slopes) with a total length of approximately 22 km. The Ukrainian national skiing team trains in Slavske and there you will also find the dummies valley a small hill perfect for beginners. Besides ski equipment rental and training schools, the village has nightclubs, restaurants, bars and even a bowling center. 2 km from the center of the village you will find Trostyan Mountain (1,232 meters). The area is also known for its breathtaking landscapes and a mild climate.

Slavske is conveniently located not far from the Kyiv Uzhhorod highway: there is an exit to Slavske about 2 km from the town of Skole. Slavske is 120 km from Lviv and only 60 km from Striy. All trains going from eastern to western oblasts of Ukraine stop in Slavske.

Drahobrat is a resort at the base of Stih Mountain in the Carpathians where you can still find unique, untouched nature and ski 7 months a year. Drahobrat is the highest ski resort in the Carpathians (1,360 m above sea level) and is covered with snow much longer than Ukraines other ski resorts from November till May.

It is equipped with convenient lift and has trails for skiers and snowboarders of all levels of difficulty: from beginners slopes to difficult black diamond trails for more experienced skiers. Here there are 16 trails (blue, red and black levels of difficulty) from 300 to 2,000 m with an elevation of 500 m. The quality of the ski runs meets Olympic requirements and standards. The place is popular among experienced skiers. On the hills you will find restaurants, a sauna, an outdoor cafe and other places where you can relax after skiing.

You can get to the foot of Stih only through the village of Yasinya, 18 km from Drahobrat. However, not all vehicles will pass along this road, so you are better off getting their through local transfers in Soviet military trucks GAZ-66. From the hills of the mountain you will see Hoverla, Petros and Blyznytsya.


Ivano-Frankivsk oblast

This oblast located in the bowels of the highest Ukrainian mountains also has many ski resorts Verkhovyna, Yablunytsya, Vorokhta, Vyshkiv, Kosiv, Tyudiv, Sheshory and Yaremche.

Verkhovyna is ideal for those who want to learn how to ski without overpaying simply for the resorts name. Its only 380-meter trail is an intermediate run and is located on the Pushkar Mountain. It is covered in snow from December till March. There you can combine skiing and health treatment procedures in the local health centers and spas. The comfortable ski trails and cheap accommodation attract vacationers to Yablunytsya. The village has 6 trails, 4 surface lifts and 2 chair lifts.

Vorokhta is not only a ski resort, but also a climate resort. This resort is surrounded by beautiful nature and is known for its clean mountain air. There is an intermediate trail (500 m) and a speed surface lift.

Tyudiv is located on the left bank of the Cheremosh River and is a perfect place for family vacations. The village has a developed infrastructure, offers a good choice of entertainment to everyones liking and comfortable trails for beginners (400 m) and two main trails (600 m and 800 m). There is a surface lift (400 m) and a special lift for toddlers.

In Vyshkiv one trail is located on Zaloma Mountain (1,000 m) it is wide and not too difficult, but ends in a steep hill that is not recommended for beginners. The other trail is located on Cheremshyna Mountain (350 m) and also has a medium level of difficulty. You are well advised to bring your own equipment to Vyshkiv as the selection in local rental outlets is limited and not very impressive.

Kosiv, Sheshory, Yaremche these resorts are different. The trail in Kosiv is 1,200 meters in length and will be perfect for experienced skiers. In Sheshory there are three runs (700 1,500 m) that are suitable for various levels of training. In Yaremche there are two trails for beginners (200 m and 300 m).

Crimea

Officially there are no ski resorts in Crimea. Indeed, the ski lifts, base and all equipment was brought to the Ai-Petri Mountain resort by enthusiasts of a ski club. As a ski resort, Ai-Petri is developing quite slowly. But its advantage is the mild Mediterranean climate, health resort complexes that are vacant during the low season and a cable car from Miskhor to the top of Ai-Petri. All that will leave unforgettable impressions and guarantee an enjoyable vacation.

You can also have good time at the Anharskiy Pass. Even when the lift is closed, you can rent an ATV (quad bike), skate, shishkebab or simply relax. The area is perfect for sledding on special trails for sleds and snow scooters. The most important thing is that you can get there by trolleybus.

However, such an option is not for professionals, rather for those with skiing experience who want to perfect to their skills skiing down picturesque hills.

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