Kazan: home to some of the best sports facilities in Russia
You might not immediately associate Kazan with skiing. Even for many residents of the city, skiing was an exotic pursuit that happened far away, in the Caucasus, or the Alps.
But that has changed with the construction of a sparkling new ski resort just half an hour from the city. The Kazan complex, which opened in 2006, boasts eight ski runs, three ski lifts up to a kilometre long, two hotels, and a small village of beautiful wood chalets, which are available to rent for $300 a weekend.
The complex’s owner, Ravil Ziganshin, says: "Four years ago, there was nothing here. Now, we’ve already built the slopes, including adding a 50-metre peak to an 150-metre natural plateau for the main slope. We’re now building a golf course and a shooting range."