Sochi is often called the unofficial `Summer Capital` of Russia or the Black Sea Pearl. This is the country`s biggest and busiest summer sea resort town on what`s called the "Russian Riviera," attracting more than 4 million visitors annually with its amazing mountainous coastline, warm sunny days and bustling nightlife.
The climate of the mountainous part of Greater Sochi is significantly colder, allowing for a full ski season in winter. Serving as a beautiful backdrop for Sochi are the Caucasus Mountains, home to the nearby snow skiing resort of Krasnaya Polyana.
High above Sochi, the Caucasus Mountains sparkle with snow. The mountains above the Krasnaya Polyana valley are the home to Russia`s primary winter resorts with massive alpine terrain. All the resorts lie along the rock-strewn valley of the Mzymta (or "Crazy") River as it plunges out of the Caucasus Mountains and westward down towards Sochi and the Black Sea.
The mountains are beautiful: the snow is gorgeous, and the equipment is state-of-the-art. Skiing in these Sochi resorts is very good for all levels of ability, including anyone who prefers challenging off-piste activity.
Snowboarding, helicopter skiing, paragliding, snow mobile rentals, hot air balloon rides and more provide guests with a vast range of activities. The popular resort attracts visitors even from the most established skiing regions to hit the slopes just a few kilometres away from subtropical beaches.