Luzhba is a small railway station in the middle of the taiga and snow-capped mountains of the Kuznetsk Alatau in the Kemerovo Region. The area is ideal for opening the backcountry season, immersing in ski-touring and excellent forest skiing in deep snow. Backcountry skiing are going on in the format of radial exits from the forest hut where we all live together. Every day we move from simple terrain to more complicated one: forest clearings, drop-sessions, and pillow lines - all this is quite enough. Also, Luzhba is great for teaching the basics of ski-touring, and we will be pleased to share with you our knowledge and techniques. Depending on the condition of the group, it is quite possible to do 3-4 descent per day in deep snow and to gain 1000 - 1500 vertical meters. Tours from the hut typically range from 300-500m in vertical gain.

Dates 2019/2020

  1. December 16-21 [ BOOKED ]

  2. December 23-28

  3. December 30-4 January New Year special edition

  4. 6-11 January

PRICE: 800 EURO/PERSON

Any dates are available for private groups between January and mid-March. Maximum capacity of the group is 6 persons for one guide

PRICE INCLUDES

6 days of guided skiing/splitboard adventure; 5 nights accommodation at a private lodge in Lauzhba including all meals and cooking service with Banya (Russian bathhouse); Transportation of luggage to the hut by snowmobiles; Train tickets

EXTRA COSTS

Air flights to Novokuznetsk, baggage fees, аirport transfers; Accommodation in Novokuznetsk; Medical/evacuation insurance; Tips for guides


Equipment

You will need your complete ski-tour kit, avalanche equipment, poles, helmet, backcountry backpack, first aid kit, thermos, ski googles, sunglasses and sleeping bag. A full checklist of gear and equipment can be found here.

Requirements to the participants

  • Participants must be advanced to expert level skiers or snowboarders

  • Fat powder skis( minimum 110 mm underfoot)

  • Splitboards for snowboarders is requirement

  • Avalanche and touring equipment

  • Good physical condition. You should be able to gain 600-700 vertical meters per day

 

Logistics

By plane to Novokuznetsk, then at 5:30 am a transfer by two trains to Luzhba. Arrival to the station at 09-30, breakfast and start of the programme with the first rolling-down on the powder!

The road back goes in the reverse order. On our closing day, we make a couple of runs and finish the programme, lunch and at 15-30 we are being brought out to Novokuznetsk. There are also options to get to Luzhba through Abakan or Novosibirsk.

Accommodation

As in any other mountain hut - we have a common life. We all live together in a two-story warm wooden house with a stove heating. We sleep in sleeping bags on the second floor, on the ground floor there is the kitchen-dining area and the common recreation area. The house has electricity. Every two or three days we have the opportunity to visit the banya (Russian bathhouse)

Booking policy

35% deposit is required to secure your spot, with the remainder due 60 days prior to the trip start date

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