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Dombay, popular winter sports resort for snowboarding and skiing.

 

    Dombay is an urban locality (a resort settlement) under the administrative jurisdiction of the town of republic significance of Karachayevsk in the Karachay-Cherkess Republic, Russia. Population: 657 (2010 Census); 403 (2002 Census); 1,601 (1989 Census)

    The settlement is situated in the Teberdinskiy zapovednik (Teberda Nature Reserve) and is a popular tourist destination. The area attracts people for its skiing and hiking trails and natural beauty of the Caucasus mountains.

    The settlement is located on the elevation of 1,630 meters (5,350 ft) above sea level, with its skiing area occupying the slopes of Mt Musa Achitara between 1,800 meters (5,900 ft) and 3,200 meters (10,500 ft) above sea level. The highest peak of Dombay area, Dombay-Ulgen is 4,046 meters (13,274 ft). Dombay is surrounded with snow-capped mountains and glaciers all year round.

In 1965, urban-type settlement status was granted to Dombay.

In January 2013, the ski resort made international headlines when a man died from a broken neck and another was seriously injured when a Zorb rolled out of control down a mountain, hitting rocks and eventually coming to a stop a kilometre away on a frozen lake in Dombay. The incident was caught on camera and uploaded to the Internet. After the incident made international headlines, Russian authorities called for tougher safety laws.

Ski Area - 1630-3012m
Vertical drop - 1382 m
Number of runs - 10-12, more difficult to estimate, there is no labeling
Total length - about 20 km
Chair lifts - 6, but, as a rule, used for driving only 3-4, others - support for the initial delivery of up
Drag lifts - 6
Pendulum lift

Most of the tracks - for a comfortable ride: moderate slope, smooth terrain, little mounds.
In the snow of the year (2000, 2002, 2003) offers an extremely pleasant ride through the woods (! Advanced).

Hotels
Several major hotels (Dombai, Woodman House, Crocus, Mountain Top, Sun Valley, Snowflake, Sulahat, Tauli) - a level from 3 to 4 stars.
A dozen private hotels (from 10 to 30 seats).
Actively rent apartments (private sector).
During the New Year, the beginning of February, the end of April and March 8 - places there is little, all booked in advance.


Hotel "plate"

How to get there.
By plane to the city of Mineral Waters. From the airport, a taxi (or bus with a change in Teberda).

Train to one of the following cities: Nevinnomyssk Cherkessk, Nalchik or mineral water. From the railway station of any of the stations to get Dombai either by taxi or by bus, again with a change in Teberda.

In addition, some companies are launching Moscow for the winter trip bus Superior (2-storey), running between Dombai and Moscow.

Settlement Dombai is located at 1,600 meters above sea level, on the reserve, the water in the tap - from mountain springs, the next 150 km of four medium-sized town, and manufacturing facilities are virtually absent. Only this makes the typical inhabitant metropolis to experience some confusion in the body from the lack of something familiar. Skating is going to drop heights from 3200 to 2277 meters. The modern system chairlift takes you to the highest point Mount Mussa-Achitara for some 20 minutes! Thus, in this short time you cover a half thousand meters in height, and this can not but affect unprepared body.

Uncommon scenario when, inspired by a view of the mountains and natural beauty of the newcomers, the first night of arrival strong point, and the next morning soar to a height of 3,200 meters, and then at a rate of torpedoes carried down ... Then again, "take off" on the lift up, pouring in themselves on the way from a flask of brandy. Often this style of behavior leads to at most acute manifestations of altitude sickness in the form of unexpected increases in pressure, nausea, and loss of driving schedule for several days. The smallest manifestation of such reactions can be considered as distraction of attention, weakness, a fast heartbeat. Lack of concentration and euphoria often leads to injuries on the slope. About the worst cases, it is better not to talk at all.

We have seen all of these scenarios, and sometimes even heard moaning patients frustrated rescue: "Yes I arrived the first day, really broken?"

Not coincidentally, in Soviet times, coming climbs mountains until the fourth day, devoting the first three active explore the area at an altitude of 1600 meters.

My advice is to be careful and cautious, do not get alcohol (still not drunk in the city) and the first day dedicate walks, the benefit of such opportunities in the village provides plenty. But they say later.

Deciding to go for ten days, we wanted to ride every day, and busy with the remaining time, so it goes on just about natal side trips, but also about the things that often go undeservedly forgotten, but make up a large part of the rest. In the first place, of course - runs and lifts.

Today in Dombai there are three main features on the cable car up to a height of 3000 meters and the same number of options to get down.

The first - the classic version - the old chair lift. Lower segment is a single chair that will take you to a glade LII, where necessary change to double chair lifts you to the level of the hotel "plate" at the height of 2200, then change to another double chair to the clearing crocus, then branch to the height of 3,000 meters . Total of four stages. This progress is slow, but very beautiful - most of it passes through the forest.

The second option lifting slightly more modern - it Pendulum lift. It starts from the village center Dombai. From the bottom of the station to an altitude of 2200 meters you climb in the car with a capacity of 20, the climb to the clearing crocus in the same way as in the first version, then the clearing crocus to a height of 3000 meters on the so-called Yugoslav - in double chairs.

Today in Dombai there are three main features on the cable car up to a height of 3000 meters and the same number of options to get down.

The first - the classic version - the old chair lift. Lower segment is a single chair that will take you to a glade LII, where necessary change to double chair lifts you to the level of the hotel "plate" at the height of 2200, then change to another double chair to the clearing crocus, then branch to the height of 3,000 meters . Total of four stages. This progress is slow, but very beautiful - most of it passes through the forest.

The second option lifting slightly more modern - it Pendulum lift. It starts from the village center Dombai. From the bottom of the station to an altitude of 2200 meters you climb in the car with a capacity of 20, the climb to the clearing crocus in the same way as in the first version, then the clearing crocus to a height of 3000 meters on the so-called Yugoslav - in double chairs.

With a height of 3000 meters there are 3 variants descent:

The first - facing the Dombai right direction, conventionally called "a Yugoslav." It is a fairly interesting and beautiful descent, the average number of hills and slope. Here it is possible descent traverse left the mainstream to transfer to other routes. At the bottom, before clearing Crocus, has rolled out, is a "wading pool."

Further, going by Crocus meadow, past a dozen cafes and 7 lifts of the "Baby Lift" serving "Frogs", you can continue to descend to an altitude of 2277 meters in a little more strongly pronounced slope and pronounced traverse nature trails.

The second option straight down without going under the Yugoslav, along the so-called "five lines of SAC." Here a more hilly, snowcat rides rarely traverse fewer opportunities, especially good ride here after a heavy snowfall. In the bottom of the repeated version of the first descent on a "paddling", along the meadow cafe Crocus continue in the footsteps of the first route to a height of 2277 meters.

The third option, "to the left of the elevator" - interesting, sometimes very steep and varied in terrain, with good elevation change. In the morning, if there is no snow, otratrachenny in "velvet." On the left side up to the limit ski area are good pieces and often unprepared neraskatannogo slope. Right side, giving the line of descent otratrachena except for one short section, which efforts scrubbing "dummies" for dinner gets mogulny character. That third option is called "a Doppelmayr" and in good weather is particularly popular with skiers.

We can not say about other interesting options for skiing in Dombai. For example, from a height of 2,250 meters to the village is 4 km long descent through the woods, but rather only in a good snowy winter. In this version of our visit was full of thaw, streams and even the stones, and on cloudy days and icy patches. This descent passes through the clearing LII, the old "splash" and goes to the central road of the village Dombay, opposite the "Golden Fleece."

The remaining off-piste possibilities we have not been studied in detail because of the initial lack of fresh snow, and after the snow to the side does not want to go, because Dropped it so much that it was quite enough honest report trends.

The cost of driving varies greatly over time driving and length of stay in Dombai.

Something like a day pass with the rise of the village Dombay to ski area and then riding the "Yugoslav" is worth about $ 1000. Day pass to the new cable car doppel-Maeyra costs 1200 rubles, he, a half-day - 700 rubles. When buying for a few days the discounts, but no money to return the weather is problematic.

Given the unpredictability of the weather in the mountains and prolonged lack of snowfall, we preferred to use a half-day every day riding with the rise of "doppel-Mayer", arguing that buy a subscription for the day is never too late. As practice - do not have to. As a general rule, at nine in the morning we have already made the first descent, and lost no time in gatherings in cafes, pretty ukatyvayut one o'clock, that is by the time the subscription ceased to act. But! The trick is that the main thing to go through the turnstile in 2277 to 13-00, and then we relax, sunbathe, attended one of eight cafe' at 3000 meters, tasted hychiny, but more limited magnificent mountain tea (as in Dombai at 3000 meters, recommend to look cafe "Eagle's Nest" and assess their kitchen).

Climate
Average January temperature: -3.2 C (26.2 F)
Average July temperature: +20.6 C (69.1 F)
Average annual precipitation: 550 millimeters (22 in) (plains) to 2,500 millimeters (98 in) (mountains)






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