Set 1,968 feet (600m) above sea level, Krasnaya Polyana, meaning
'red meadow' is fast becoming the most popular ski resort in
Russia. Skiers and snowboarders here can enjoy the magnificent
panoramic view of the West Caucasus.
Located just 25 miles (40km) from Sochi and the Black Sea coast,
Krasnaya Polyana is sometimes called the 'Russian Courchevel" for
its well-groomed pistes, good après-ski nightlife, and high prices.
The resort owes much of its popularity to its excellent heliskiing
opportunities, however there are good runs for beginners.
The resort is currently undergoing massive construction and
renovations ahead of the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi, as it will
host many events. Olympic facilities located in Krasnaya Polyana
include the Russian National Sliding Centre (luge bobsleigh and
skeleton), Psekhako Ridge (biathlon, cross-country skiing and
Nordic combined), Roza Khutor Alpine Resort (Alpine skiing and
snowboarding), Alpika Service Mountain Resort