Ski a Seven Summit: Mount Elbrus

Intermediate
10 days
All ages
1–5 people
Overview

Standing at 18,513 feet, Mount Elbrus is the highest peak on the European continent and one of the Seven Summits. Located in the heart of the Caucasus mountains, dividing Europe and Asia, this extinct volcano offers moderate climbing with spectacular views of one of the most rugged mountain ranges in the world.


Not your normal April backcountry ski trip

There’s tons to do and see when you come on our backcountry adventure to Russia.

  • Day 1: Arrive in Moscow
  • Day 2: Fly to Mineralnye Vody. After the flight there will be a 4 hour private bus ride to Terskol village. You’ll stay here for two nights,
  • Day 3: Acclimatization hike to Cheghet Massif assisted by a chair lift up to 3000 meters.  Visit local Bazar.
  • Day 4: Check out of the Hotel and take 15 min bus to Elbrus cableway. Then take transport to Gara Bashi station (3700m). Once there, we’ll go on a short acclimatization hike to Priut Odinnadtsatti (4050m) and return to Gara-Bashi Bachki, the mountain hotel Barrels, and spend the night.
  • Day 5: Acclimatization hike to Pastukhov’s Rocks (4800m). Return to Barrels for the night.
  • Day 6: Summit day! Back to Barrels for a night of well-deserved rest
  • Day 7: Make the ascent to Baksan Valley and spend the night in Hotel. This is a reserve day in case of bad weather
  • Day 8: Reserve day in case of bad weather
  • Day 9: Time to transfer back to the airport and fly to Moscow
  • Last day (Day 10): Fly home
A note on reserve days and acclimatization
The guides have added an additional two days at the end the trip in case of bad weather, or to accomodate any traveler who was not acclimatized to make a summit attempt on the 6th day.
In the event everyone is fit, healthy and the weather cooperates, your guides will shorten the program. Consider purchasing a plane ticket that has some flexibility regarding return dates…Or plan on spending the extra days enjoying Russia!
Some comments about the program
  • Accommodation are at hotels and mountain huts. No camping equipment is needed
  • The program includes full board. Meals are at restaurants in the valley and there will be a private cook in the mountains
  • There will be one English speaking Russian guide with us on the mountain
  • On a summit day, depending on group size, an additional Russian guide may be added. Our normal guide to client ratio is 1:3. For example, with 4 clients there will be two guides on summit day.  This gives us options in the event someone is sick or has acclimatization problems
Where we are
Class Location
Mount Elbrus, Russia
Meeting Location
Mineralnye Vody
What's included
  • 1st and last night hotel in Moscow
  • All hotels and lodging in Baksan
  • All huts
  • All dinners and breakfast during the climb
  • Trams, lifts and snow cat transport
  • Private transportation and airport pick up
  • Guide fees
  • Liability insurance
  • Permits and fees
  • Group gear (including sat phone)

Not included in the price:

  • Airfare to and from Russia
  • Visa fees
  • Alcoholic or bottled beverages
  • Extra nights in hotels
  • Single room supplements
  • Expenses incurred in rescue or early departure
  • Sat phone charges
Equipment

When you book your trip, we'll send you an equipment list.

Why book through 57hours?

We’re an adventure loving, rock climbing, tech company that loves all things outdoors-y. Why spend days looking for the right guide and adrenaline rush, when we can (and already did) do it for you? Want a serious guide for a challenging backcountry tour? We know a bunch. How about a guide to show you around the Alps? Check. Maybe your kids want to ski and won’t stop going on about it until you book them a trip. Yes, we know guides who are great for beginners, too. Oh, yeah, every guide we know prioritizes SAFETY and FUN. Book with 57hours, we’ve done your work for you. You’re welcome.

Guides running this program

Todd Passey

Todd, a Utah native, grew up with a strong passion for skiing and playing in the mountains. Looking to incorporate this passion into a profession, Todd attended the University of Utah and earned a bachelors degree from the Parks and Recreation department. He worked in the outdoors as a wilderness instructor teaching survival skills in the Utah desert for many years. In 2000 he began mountain guiding, and has been sharing his passion of the mountains with others ever since.

Todd’s guiding has taken him to many corners of the globe including Alaska, Asia, Antarctica, Europe, South America and the Western U.S. He is a fully certified IFMGA/UIAGM mountain guide. Other training and certifications include Avalanche level III and Wilderness First Responder.

When climbing with Todd one immediately feels a sense of safety and trust. Todd is a strong and highly competent leader with years of experience leading large expeditions and one on one guiding. He is a skillful teacher and enjoys helping folks accomplish their climbing aspirations.

Some of his notable ascents include Denali’s Cassin Ridge, a first ascent of the 5000’ west face of Mt. Vinson in Antarctica, and the Walker spur on the Grand Jorasses in the Alps.

When he is not traveling, Todd enjoys spending time at home in Salt Lake City, Utah, climbing and skiing the Wasatch with his wife, climbing partner and fellow guide, Winslow

Winslow Passey

Winslow’s personality is one of her greatest attributes. She is a true leader and absolute pleasure to be tour with. Her skills as a mountain guide and technical abilities are outstanding! She has been guiding since 2001, leading trips in Alaska, South America, Antarctica, Nepal, Mongolia as well all over the US as well.

Winslow is an AMGA certified Ski Mountaineering Guide and has completed her level III avalanche training. She is one of the top guides for Utah Mountain Adventures where she guides backcountry skiing, winter alpine climbs and teaches avalanche training courses. Winslow is also a Wilderness First Responder.

Her notable climbs include the southwest ridge of Ama Dablam, Mt. Hunters' West Ridge and the Walker Spur on the Grand Jorasses.

Winslow loves to teach and integrate her soulful ideals into every climb. She's a certified yoga instructor trained in Nepal, and she's conversational in Nepalese! Winslow lives in Salt Lake City, Utah but is still a Georgia Peach at heart.

Tim Connelly

Tim has been around the world block more than a few times and has enjoyed exploring many walks of life along the way. He's done everything from fishing in Alaskan waters to operating heavy equipment at the South Pole. Beginning in 1996 he began guiding in the mountains and has never looked back.

“To orchestrate and help someone have a life-fulfilling or life-changing experience in the environment that I feel so passionate about is awesome for me, I personally can not get enough of that kind of work”

Always looking for new adventures and for friends and guests has led Tim to every continent on this planet. Many years have been spent in South America and Alaska climbing the giants of this mountaineering world: Alpamayo, Denali, Aconcagua, Chimborazo and Illamani, to name a few. Summiting Ama Dablam in the Himalaya at the turn of the century was an extremely memorable event as was ascending the north ridge of Mt. Kenya in the winter of '08. Just recently he climbed the Walker spur of the Grandes Jorrasses in the French Alps.

Skiing has played a greater part in Tim’s life lately. Winters spent in La Grave, Wasatch, the Sierras, Alaska, Jackson Hole, the Canadian Rockies and the southern Alps of New Zealand have solidified his passion. This next year Tim hopes to extend the skiing season in Chile with a new venture into the heli-skiing industry.

In 2006, Tim was awarded Outstanding Guide of the Year by the AMGA for, amongst others things, ‘Exhibit (ing) the qualities of loyalty, integrity, and moral courage worthy of emulation.’ Tim is accredited by the IFMGA and AMGA. Tim loves to take on new adventures and he's always open to explorations.

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