Rosa Khutor off-piste routes (Sochi, Russia)

Rosa Khutor is located in Krasnaya Polyana (Red Glade), the district of the City of Sochi. The place is famous for its soft snow. Unique location in a tropical zone not far from the Black sea provides heavy and frequent snowfalls.  Rosa Khutor was a key venue of the Sochi 2014 Winter Olympic Games and hosted the stage of The Freeride World Tour in 2011.

Rosa Khutor (Krasnaya polyana, Sochi) ski resort map

Rosa Khutor (Krasnaya Polyana, Sochi) ski resort map

Almost the whole area in the Rosa Khutor resort is suitable for off-piste skiing. Most of the routes can be easily found from the ski lifts. However, it is important to define the boundaries of this area.

The left margin: The Stash snow park is the last exit point. If you miss Stash and descend below you’ll have to take a fascinating journey through the woods, then walk along the river Mzymta (move downstream) with a scramble over the rocks and cliffs. It’s too exhausting and wet to select it.

The right margin: the ridge between Rosa Khutor resort and Alpika service resort. This is another ski resort with its own ski-pass.

Skiing below The Rosa Plateau is possible only with sufficient snow cover. Usually, snow is not enough.

The most interesting and long routes start from the Rosa peak. All routes lead to Krasnaya Polyana (Rosa Khutor or Esto-Sadok). Don’t try to descend in the opposite direction (behind the mountain ridge). There’s no exit there. Most likely you will find yourself in Abkhazia (i.e. illegally cross the state border).

 

The Pervii couloir (the First couloir)

The First couloir. Off-piste route in Rosa Khutor, Krasnaya polyana, Sochi.

The First couloir

Access: take the Kavkazskiy Ekspress cable car (Caucasian express). From the top of the lift turn left and ski blue run toward the Ober Khutor.

Route description: The first big couloir on the left side just near the piste is The Pervii couloir. The exit from the couloirs is not so steep and quite wide. After that, you will find large off-piste fields, ending in the blue Labyrinth piste. Bear right to reach the easiest access to this piste.

 

The Sladki couloir (the Sweet couloir)

The Sweet couloir. Off-piste route in Rosa Khutor, Krasnaya polyana, Sochi

The Sweet couloir

Access: take the Kavkazskiy Ekspress cable car (Caucasian express). From the top of the lift turn left and ski blue run toward the Ober Khutor.

Route description: The second big couloir just near the piste is the Sladki couloir. The unmarked piste Crazy Khutor starts here. This couloir is quite wide and its exit leads to wide fields. Descend toward the blue Labyrinth piste. The easiest way to get to this piste is the crossroads with the black unmarked Crazy Khutor piste.

 

The FWT (Freeride World Tour) couloir and the Suicide couloir

Access: Just under the Kavkazskiy Ekspress cable car (Caucasian express).

Route description: both are difficult. Sufficient amount of snow is critical for skiing through these couloirs. It is better to take a guide or at least consult with him.

 

The wood under the Labyrinth piste.

The forest under the Labyrinth run.Off-piste route in Rosa Khutor, Krasnaya polyana, Sochi

The forest under the Labyrinth run.

Access: The crossroads the Labyrinth piste and the Crazy Khutor piste. Take the Kavkazskiy Ekspress cable car (Caucasian express) to get to the point.

Route description: traverse to the right toward the trees. Descend through the forest slightly to the right.  Finally, you will reach one of the blue pistes (Gorizont or Labirint).

 

The off-piste area under the Kvartet chairlift.

Under the Kvartet chairlift. Off-piste route in Rosa Khutor, Krasnaya polyana, Sochi

Under the Kvartet chairlift

Access: from the top of the Kvartet chairlift or the Strela cable car.

Route description: a good choice for bad weather with poor visibility. Go down just behind the bottom station of the Skazka (the Fairytale) chairlift. The exit: blue pistes leads to the bottom stations of the Kaskad cable car and Kvartet chairlift.

 

The off-piste area under the cable car.

Under the cable car.Off-piste route in Rosa Khutor, Krasnaya polyana, Sochi.

Under the cable car.

Access: from the top of the Kvartet chairlift or the Rosa 1600 cable car station.

Route description: another good choice for bad weather with poor visibility. Ski the red Kaskad run and leave it to make a traverse to the left after the turn of the piste. The exit: the blue pistes leads to the bottom stations of the Kaskad cable car and the Kvartet chairlift.

It’s not all freeride routes in Krasnaya Polyana. A great opportunity for freeride skiing can be found in other Sochi ski resorts: Gornaya karusel (Gorky gorod) and Alpika Service.

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