Since the 2014 Sochi Winter Olympics, the ski industry in Russia has grown rapidly with major improvements to the resorts infrastructure, such as new lifts being installed at Rosa Khutor. As it is yet to become a popular destination for foreign visitors, the slopes are often relatively quiet. The Russian mountains are home to the most spectacular views and endless backcountry options matched with great snowfall and perfect powder. Steep areas and high altitude make this the perfect option for more advanced skiers and snowboarders to explore, especially with the bonus that the snowfall is constant there until May. This is an extremely unique experience for any avid mountain explorer, with a vast amount of ski areas within the world’s largest country all at a reasonable price tag, with lift passes costing approximately €20 in the more modern resorts. Russia is also home to Mt Elbrus, which has Europe’s second highest ski lift, only beaten by Zermatt, Switzerland. On slope activities include plenty of options for heliskiing, snowmobiling and cat skiing alongside all the usual finds. Your day can be rounded off with a classic Russian vodka to finish your fantastic time exploring the Russian mountains.