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Welcome to Krasnaya Polyana

Krasnaya Polyana

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 (freestyle skiing), and Russian National Ski-jumping Centre (ski jumping and Nordic Combined).

Information & Facts

Russian is the official language. Some people speak English, French or German.

The official currency is the Rouble (RUB), which is divided into 100 kopeks. Most major credit cards, like Visa and Mastercard are accepted in the larger hotels and at places that deal with foreign tourists. Currency can be changed at banks, currency exchange booths and hotels. Travellers cheques are difficult and expensive to cash, but if necessary it is advised to take them in US Dollars or Euro. ATMs are widely available in major cities. It is hard to get rubles outside Russia and travellers are advised to take good condition US dollars or Euro notes to change once there. It is illegal to pay for goods or services in hard currency, though it is often accepted.

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