In winter, many people prefer to choose a beach holiday to escape from monotonous snowy days. But some people like an active vacation with skiing and tubing, hot mulled wine and chocolate on dark winter evenings.

There are several suitable places for such a holiday, where you can go without a visa.

Winter holidays in Russia:

— Arkhyz. This ski resort is located in Karachay-Cherkessia. The mountains provide a favorable climate for hiking in summer and skiing in winter.

  • The average temperature from December to February is around -6°. In Arkhyz there are 8 tracks of different difficulty levels.

At the service of vacationers there are lifts with modern gondolas. Here you can swim in a warm outdoor pool, take a steam bath, attend skiing courses, but most importantly, enjoy the beautiful mountain scenery. There are three and four star hotels on the territory of the resort.

— Lago-Naki. This ski resort on the border of the Republic of Adygea and the Krasnodar Territory is not popular, only the last couple of years the flow of tourists has increased here.

  • In winter, there are several tracks on five slopes: both professionals and beginners can ski and snowboard.
  • The weather is favorable: during the day it is about -3°, and at night the thermometer drops to -10°, which prevents the snow from melting. The season opens in mid-December and lasts until April.

Prices for equipment rental and accommodation are quite democratic. Vacationers can take a steam bath, go ice skating, visit excursions.

— Krasnaya Polyana. This Sochi resort is suitable for those who love the highest level of relaxation.

  • Hotels for different tastes, picturesque landscapes, well-equipped slopes, new lifts, cozy cafes — all this awaits tourists in the «Russian Courchevel».

The only drawback is the frequent snowfalls, due to which visibility on the slopes deteriorates. But in Krasnaya Polyana there is something to entertain yourself even without skiing.

Hospitable Abkhazia:

— Sukhumi — the capital of Abkhazia welcomes tourists all year round. However, the slopes here are suitable for those who prefer extreme sports.

— New Athos. There are several ski resorts in this village. It offers quality services, there is entertainment for tourists in the winter.

— Gudauta . A resort for those who love peace: there are few tourists here due to underdeveloped infrastructure. But this is a place with stunning views, and the snow does not leave the slopes for 7 months.

Rest in the mountains in winter is a great way to get away from the hustle and bustle and spend time with health benefits.