Here’s where to go ski­ing, snow­board­ing in Ukraine

Kyiv Post - - Lifestyle - BY DARIA SHULZHENKO [email protected]

With hol­i­days ap­proach­ing and the first snow­falls of win­ter al­ready here, Ukraini­ans have started look­ing for places where to en­joy win­ter sports. The ski re­sorts at the Carpathian Moun­tains are an ob­vi­ous des­ti­na­tion, but there are places for ski­ing in other parts of the coun­try, too. The Kyiv Post checked out some of the coun­try’s win­ter sports venues.

Kyiv: Pro­ta­siv Yar

Those who can’t get away from the cap­i­tal can visit Pro­ta­siv Yar, a venue that of­fers ski­ing and snow­board­ing right al­most in the cen­ter of Kyiv.

Kyiv’s first ski re­sort, Pro­ta­siv Yar has been op­er­at­ing since 1998 and dou­bles up as a train­ing base for Ukraine’s Win­ter Olympics sport teams.

The win­ter sports sea­son started at Pro­ta­siv Yar on Dec. 4, and now its four runs are open, from the small 150-me­ter run for chil­dren, to the 500-me­ter run for pro­fes­sional ath­letes and ex­pe­ri­enced ski fans.

En­trance to the ski re­sort now costs Hr 80 on week­days, and Hr 100 on the week­ends, with an ad­di­tional pay­ment for each ski lift — Hr 20 on week­days, and Hr 30 dur­ing the week­ends.

Pro­ta­siv Yar also of­fers ski and snow­board equip­ment ren­tal — Hr 250 for skis, ski poles, boots and fas­ten­ers, and Hr 300 for snow­board, boots and fas­ten­ers for adults per day.

Those who have their own boots or poles can rent equip­ment sep­a­rately as well, with Hr 200 for skis, and Hr 300 for snow­board and boots. Apart from that, Pro­ta­siv Yar rents hel­mets, masks and mit­tens for Hr 50.

More­over, Kyiv’s Pro­ta­siv Yar has flood­light­ing so visi­tors can en­joy ski­ing or snow­board­ing at night, ev­ery Satur­day from 10:30 p.m.— 4 a.m., for Hr 350, and has a res­tau­rant open un­til 5 a.m.

Ad­di­tion­ally, for those new to win­ter sports, Pro­ta­siv Yar of­fers snow­board­ing and ski­ing with an in­struc­tor for Hr 500 per hour.

Pro­ta­siv Yar. (23A Pro­ta­siv Yar St.) Tue-Sun 10 a.m.— 10 p.m., Mon 2–10 p.m., Sat 10–4 a.m. +38044 338 2682. www.gora.com.ua

Ivano-Frankivsk: Bukovel

Ukraine’s most fa­mous and most ex­pen­sive ski re­sort, Bukovel, ev­ery

year wel­comes thou­sands of tourists from Ukraine and all over the world for ski­ing and snow­board­ing on the snowy hills of Ukraine’s Carpathian Moun­tains, where they can en­joy its breath­tak­ingly beau­ti­ful win­ter land­scapes.

Bukovel is in the moun­tain­ous part of Ivano-Frankivsk oblast, 620 kilo­me­ters west from Kyiv, and of­fers a to­tal of 65 kilo­me­ters of ski and snow­board runs for all tastes and lev­els of ex­pe­ri­ence. Each ride on the ski lift costs Hr 290, and Hr 375 dur­ing the New Year’s hol­i­days from Jan. 2–6, 2018. A ski pass, which gives ac­cess to all the ski lifts, costs Hr 1,120, per day and is valid from 8:30 a.m.— 4:30 p.m. A five-day ski pass costs Hr 4,425, and al­lows ski­ing and snow­board­ing on all of Bukovel’s open runs.

Bukovel also of­fers one-day ski equip­ment hire, in­clud­ing skis, boots, ski poles and a hel­met for Hr 130–430, de­pend­ing on their size and cat­e­gory. Prices for snow­board­ing equip­ment are the same, and in­cludes snow­board, boots and a hel­met. Equip­ment ren­tal for night­time ski­ing or snow­board­ing, start­ing from 6 p.m. ev­ery day, is Hr 140–450.

Be­sides pro­vid­ing the op­por­tu­nity to ski and snow­board, Bukovel is also known for its many spa-cen­ters and saunas, sled­ding hills, out­door ice-rinks, fairs with food and drinks, and a great va­ri­ety of restau­rants and cafes. To stay at Bukovel dur­ing win­ter hol­i­days will cost from Hr 1,244 to Hr 10,194 ($44 to $364) per night for a dou­ble room. The price for one night at the five-star Radis­son Blue ho­tel starts from Hr 10,000 ($357) dur­ing the Christ­mas hol­i­days.

Bukovel. (Ivano-Frankivsk Oblast) Mon-Sun — 9 a.m.— 5 p.m. +38034 2595 546. www.bukovel.com

Lviv: Play

Lo­cated about 120 kilo­me­ters south of Lviv, a city some 540 kilo­me­ters west from Kyiv, the ski and snow­board sea­son at the Play ski re­sort is about to open, with the tem­per­a­ture in the west of Ukraine now drop­ping be­low zero de­grees.

Play is not as well-known and crowded as Bukovel, and stands out for its more rea­son­able prices.

With five runs of dif­fer­ent lev­els of dif­fi­culty, with the long­est one be­ing 1,200 me­ters long, Play also of­fers a num­ber of restau­rants, cafes, and spa-cen­ters with saunas and swim­ming pools.

The price for a one-day ski pass is Hr 740 on week­days, and Hr 840 on week­ends, or Hr 70–100 for one ride on the ski lift, the price de­pend­ing on the type of lift. Ski and snow­board equip­ment ren­tal starts from Hr 250, and de­pends on its size and qual­ity.

Play also has four ho­tels lo­cated on the re­sort’s ter­ri­tory. A room for two goes for Hr 2,000–5,500 per night.

Play. (Plavie Vil­lage, Lviv Oblast) Mon-Sun — 5 a.m.— 4 a.m. +38097 380 9740. www.play-karpaty.com

Poltava: Sorochyn Yar

While Sorochyn Yar has no ho­tel on its ter­ri­tory, this ski re­sort in cen­tral Ukraine still of­fers a plenty of ac­tiv­i­ties to keep peo­ple busy all day long.

Lo­cated about 20 kilo­me­ters north of Poltava, a city some 350 kilo­me­ters east from Kyiv, this ski re­sort is a great place for those who have their own equip­ment: en­trance to Sorochyn Yar is free, so peo­ple with their own skis or snow­boards don’t spend any­thing.

Those who do need to rent equip­ment will not pay much, as Sorochyn Yar’s rea­son­able prices cover full ski and snow­board­ing equip­ment for Hr 150–200 per day, with Hr 130 for stu­dents and chil­dren’s equip­ment. A ski pass at Sorochyn Yar costs just Hr 30, and the price for ski­ing and snow­board­ing with an in­struc­tor starts from Hr 300 per per­son per hour.

Apart from ski­ing and snow­board- ing, Sorochyn Yar fea­tures tub­ing hills for snow tub­ing fans — slid­ing down the slope on a round in­flat­able tube. Snow tub­ing costs Hr 200–250 per hour.

Ad­di­tion­ally, Sorochyn Yar’s web­site has a live stream that shows peo­ple ski­ing and snow­board­ing down the re­sort’s slopes. The eas­i­est way to get to Sorochyn Yar, near the vil­lage of Kami­anka is by taxi.

Sorochyn Yar. (1A Yarova St. Kami­anka Vil­lage, Poltava) TueSun — 10 a.m.— 10 p.m., Mon — 1–10 p.m. +38067 532 3285. www. sorochin-yar.com.ua

Kharkiv: Alpine Val­ley

There is no need to go to Aus­tria or Ger­many to ski down the Alpine hills, as Ukraine’s Alpine Val­ley ski re­sort does all it can to make visi­tors feel like they are in the Alps — but for a much lower price. Es­tab­lished in 2003, Alpine Val­ley is the first ski re­sort near Kharkiv, a city some 480 kilo­me­ters east from Kyiv. The re­sort is next to the vil­lage of Borova, 23 kilo­me­ters south of Kharkiv city cen­ter.

Alpine Val­ley cur­rently has two runs, 450 me­ters long, and one ride on the ski lift costs Hr 15–20. A ski pass at Alpine Val­ley costs Hr 300 for three hours.

For those who want to rent equip­ment, Alpine Val­ley has ski and snow­board equip­ment ren­tal for Hr 90 per hour on week­days, and Hr 120 per hour on week­ends. Alpine Val­ley also of­fers snow tub­ing for Hr 70 for 30 min­utes.

For those who en­joy night­time ski­ing, Alpine Val­ley has flood­light­ing all over its slopes and of­fers ski­ing and snow­board­ing un­til late night to all visi­tors.

Alpine Val­ley’s café also wel­comes visi­tors to warm up and re­lax next to the fire­place af­ter a long day of ski­ing and snow­board­ing.

Alpine Val­ley. (Borova, Kharkiv Oblast) Mon-Fri — 11 a.m.— 10 p.m., Sat-Sun — 9 a.m.— 11 p.m. + 38050 400 0708

Peo­ple ski at Bukovel, Ukraine`s most pop­u­lar ski re­sort, lo­cated in the moun­tain­ous part of Ivano-Frankivsk Oblast in west­ern Ukraine, on Dec. 24, 2017. (UNIAN)

A snow­boarder slides down a slope at ski re­sort Pro­ta­siv Yar in Kyiv, dur­ing a snow­board­ing con­test on Feb. 11, 2016. (Oleg Pe­tra­siuk)

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