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What are the best ski resorts in Azerbaijan? - Prices, reviews

Azerbaijan's ski resorts provide high-quality recreation at affordable prices.

The ski resorts of Azerbaijan attract more and more attention of tourists from all over the world. Many have already managed to appreciate the opportunity to relax in the resorts of the European level at a relatively affordable price. In addition, the ski season in Azerbaijan lasts from November to April. If you want to learn more about the ski resorts of Azerbaijan, then you should read this article!

In Azerbaijan, you can find resorts for both beginners and experienced athletes

general information

There are many resorts in Azerbaijan. The most popular are located in cities such as Naftalan, Gabala and Sheki, although this is not a complete list of all existing options. By the way, in Azerbaijan you can not only go skiing and relax in a five-star hotel, but also visit interesting excursions, seeing the sights of the country and the most unique natural monuments.

In Azerbaijan, you can find resorts for both beginners and experienced athletes. Trails are equipped with everything necessary for a comfortable, safe stay. Well, the price level at resorts is quite affordable for the majority of Russian residents.

In Azerbaijan, you can not only ski and relax in a five-star hotel, but also visit interesting excursions, seeing the sights of the country and the most unique natural monuments

Tip! Before heading to the resorts of Azerbaijan, check out the current exchange rate of the national currency - Azerbaijani manat. Of course, the prices at the resorts are quite loyal and more affordable than in Europe. However, it is advisable to take a small supply of money: the country provides many opportunities for recreation, and you will certainly want to try the national cuisine, visit numerous excursions and bring souvenirs to relatives!

Shahdag resort

Shahdag is considered the most popular Azerbaijani ski resort. For several years now, it has been taking active winter recreation lovers from all over the world. By the way, Shahdag has the title of the most comfortable of all resorts in the country. It opened in 2013, quickly managing to gain fame not only for one of the most comfortable places for recreation, but also for a very budget resort where you can go with your whole family without breaking the budget.

It is located on the mountain Shahdag, which is located near the city called Gusar.

Map of slopes at Shahdag resort

In total, the resort has 12 ski slopes. On the slopes work lifts European production

What is remarkable ski resort in Azerbaijan Shahdag? The fact is that as if nature itself has taken care to create ideal conditions for a winter holiday. One of the most picturesque places of the Caucasus, where the air is clean, and you can admire the landscapes forever, will welcome guests from all over the world.

In total, the resort has 12 ski slopes. On the slopes are working lifts of European production. The resort has 5 hotels. Parking, medical facilities, skiing school: what else is needed to get a lot of new impressions and a break from the daily routine?

Shahdag has the title of the most comfortable of all resorts in the country

Parking, medical facilities, skiing school: what else is needed to get a lot of new impressions and a break from the daily routine?

Tip! If you have never skied and are afraid that you will feel uncertain on the track, feel free to go to Azerbaijan. All resorts have schools where experienced instructors teach beginners all the wonders of alpine skiing. Tourists say that you can learn to ski in just one day, and by the end of the holiday you will feel like a real athlete who can handle any, even the coolest track!

Where to stay in Shahdag?

Naturally, before you go on vacation, you need to choose the right hotel. All hotels in Azerbaijan fully comply with the highest international standards. At the same time, whatever you choose the ski resorts of Azerbaijan, prices will probably be much lower than in Europe and even in Russia.
It will not be easy to choose: each hotel is located in a picturesque place and has its own characteristics and unique design.

In Shahdag, every tourist will be able to find the right hotel for your taste and budget.

Many tourists prefer to stay at the hotel "Zirva". Despite the fact that the hotel has only three stars, the conditions here will appeal to even the most fastidious visitors. Guests are provided with ski instructor services, a minibar, and free parking. In addition, there is a restaurant on site, where you can taste dishes of Caucasian and European cuisine.

The most modern hotel in Shahdag is considered by many to be the Shahdag Spa Hotel. The hotel is decorated in traditional Azerbaijani style and provides everything you need for a comfortable family holiday. You can take advantage of the indoor spa pool, go cycling and book a massage. If you are traveling with children, then at the Shahdang Spa Hotel they will be able to spend time at the playground or get a few lessons of skiing in a special school.

Tip! The earlier you book a hotel room, the cheaper it will cost you. Therefore, you should think about your vacation in advance.

Summertime entertainment

Shahdag is a place where you can relax not only in winter but also in summer. After all, here you can have fun in giant inflatable castles, ride quad bikes, work out Nordic walking or orienteering.

In summer, tourists are offered the following activities:

  • go-kart;
  • mountain biking;
  • special ATVs for children;
  • paintball game;
  • horseback riding in the mountains;
  • opportunity to make hiking in the mountains.

Shahdag - a place where you can relax not only in winter but also in summer

Tip! Direct flights to Azerbaijan depart from Moscow. Consider the travel route in advance, so as not to waste time in vain and save on flights. By the way, the earlier you book a plane ticket, the cheaper it will cost you: the same rule applies to hotels.

Secrets of Tufandag

The resort Tufandag opened just three years ago. It is located near the ancient capital of Caucasian Albania - the city of Gabala.

Here you will find everything that a person who enjoys skiing needs. Comfortable hotels, the ability to rent skis, numerous cozy cafes. You can also take a tour of the city of Gabala and learn the history of this amazing place.

Map of the slopes in the resort Tufandag

The resort Tufandag opened just three years ago. It is located near the ancient capital of Caucasian Albania - the city of Gabala

Here you will find everything that a person who enjoys skiing needs. Comfortable hotels, the ability to rent skis, numerous cozy cafes

The resort’s security system is thought out to the smallest detail: you can be sure that you will not get injured during the most extreme descent

Tufandag is equipped with special snow cannons that make riding even more comfortable. The resort’s security system is thought out to the smallest detail: you can be sure that you will not get injured during the most extreme descent.

Tip! The city of Gabala, which can be visited in Azerbaijan during a vacation at a ski resort, is a real paradise for a photo artist. It is located in one of the most picturesque places in Azerbaijan, so if you wish, you can take a number of stunning pictures. Do not forget to take a camera to rest.

Sights of Gabala

If you want not only to ski, but also to experience the national flavor of Azerbaijan, you should go on a trip to Gabala. Here you can see a lot of architectural monuments, try the best dishes of national cuisine and buy souvenirs. It is interesting that Gabala is sometimes called Azerbaijani Switzerland. And this is not surprising: clean rivers, lakes and mountain ranges can not leave indifferent any guest of the Tufandag resort and the city of Gabala.

The city was founded more than two thousand years ago. Here you can see the ancient tombs of sheikhs Badraddin and Mansur, the Albanian temple, museums and theaters. Experienced tourists recommend devoting at least one day to visiting Gabala: this city will surely give you a lot of new impressions!

If you want not only to ski, but also to experience the national flavor of Azerbaijan, you should go on a trip to Gabala

By the way, tourists who come to Azerbaijan with children will be attracted by the opportunity to visit the amusement park, open from early morning until night.

Tip! If you are fond of mountaineering, you should definitely visit Gabala, because it is here that one of the most famous tourist routes functions. You can climb Mount Bazarduzu to test your strength and enjoy the views from the top of the mountain. By the way, there is another unique route for tourists, which follows the path made by Alexandre Dumas during his visit to the Caucasus.

Advantages of holidays in Azerbaijan

Why is it worth to abandon the expensive holiday in Europe and go to Azerbaijan? Here are the main reasons:

  • all resorts are located in convenient places, from where you can easily reach major cities;
  • rest will cost you inexpensively: you will not be able to deny yourself anything;
  • resorts are equipped with everything you need: you can not worry about your own safety and the safety of your children;
  • trails pass through the most picturesque places of the Caucasus: you can enjoy not only the speedy descents, but also amazing landscapes;

Resorts are equipped with everything you need: you can not worry about your own safety and the safety of your children.

  • the inhabitants of the country are distinguished by hospitality: you will feel at home wherever you are;
  • Azerbaijan is famous for its exceptionally delicious cuisine: every day you will be able to discover more and more new specialties.

Tip! In winter, the resorts average temperature ranges from -10 to -20 degrees. Consider this when choosing clothes that you take with you to the resort.

How to get there?

The easiest way to get to the capital of Baku is by plane. Flights regularly fly from Moscow and St. Petersburg. After arriving in Baku, you can reach the selected resort by using a regular bus or a taxi.

There are routes with transfers in Astana, Kazan and Minsk. If you try to keep track of the best deals on the websites of airlines, you can save on the flight.

The trails pass through the most picturesque places of the Caucasus: you can enjoy not only the speedy descents, but also amazing landscapes.

Rest will cost you cheap: you can not deny yourself anything

The cost of a direct flight is from $ 150.

Tip! You cannot take a taxi directly to the resort. However, local residents offer tourists to take them on an off-road car to the foot of Shahdag at a reasonable price. This proposal becomes especially relevant if the roads are icy.

What to take with you?

Naturally, going on vacation, you should think about what you take with you. After all, it is important not only to collect all the necessary things, but also not to carry with them an extra load.

You will definitely need:

  • documents (passports, birth certificates of children, driver's license);
  • personal hygiene items. Of course, most hotels provide visitors with shampoo, shower gel and toothpaste. However, if you have any special preferences, it is advisable to stock up on everything you need in advance;
  • warm clothing. Find out in advance what the weather will be at your chosen place on your vacation days;
  • camera or camcorder. You will certainly want to capture all the beauty of the Azerbaijani winter mountains!

Residents of the country are distinguished by hospitality: you will feel right at home, wherever you are

Be sure to bring along a medical insurance policy. In addition, despite the fact that in all resorts there are medical facilities, elastic bandages, antiseptic and stretching ointment will be useful.

Tip! If you are planning to bring valuables with you on vacation, choose a hotel that provides safes for visitors!

Reviews

If you are interested in ski resorts in Azerbaijan, reviews will help you make the final decision:

Tatyana: Visited Shahdag in the year of its opening. We were completely satisfied with the quality of service at the hotel and the equipment of the tracks. Well, about the kitchen, which happened to be tasted in this place, you can write a real poem.

Alevtina: The most pleasant thing is the opportunity to go on holiday with children. There is everything you need: playgrounds, special tracks for the little ones. Be sure to come again!

Skiers and snowboarders will be able to hone their skills at ski resorts in Azerbaijan

Daria: I got used to going to Europe to rest, but, alas, the crisis struck. We paid attention to the ski resorts of Azerbaijan and did not regret it. Sparkling snow, clean air, great views. Now we don’t understand why we didn’t come here before.

Svetlana: I want to praise the hotel Zirve. Despite the three stars, the conditions are the best. Buffet, comfortable rooms, beautiful views from the window. I liked it so much that I left literally with tears in my eyes.