Luzhba is a small railway station deep in the forests of Siberia. The Siberia we portray in our heads: with log cabins amid the snowdrifts, bunches of red mountain ash stacked with snow, and no signs of civilization for many miles around.
Living in a wooden lodge in this middle of nowhere, we will start all skitour routes from the doorstep. We will dive into the powderfields for seven days, including the arrival and departure days, and make 3–5 descents a day, each of 300–400 vertical meters.
After the sun sets, we will spend our time in a very traditional manner: warming up in the Russian banya (sauna), enjoying home-made meals, and playing board games. And to make our journey even more authentic, we will devote two evenings to making pelmeni (dumplings) and shashlik (barbecue).
25 Nov–02 Dec
04 Dec–11 Dec
13 Dec–20 Dec
22 Dec–29 Dec
Here is a short video featuring the Siberian powder in 2019:
Arrival/departure city: Novokuznetsk (direct flights from Moscow to Spichenkovo Airport/NOZ)
We will arrange a private transfer from the airport to a hotel in Novokuznetsk.
We arrive in Novokuznetsk, take a transfer and check into a hotel. Time to get to know each other and prep for our departure for Luzhba planned for the next morning.
We meet at 4.30 am at the hotel lobby, get to the railway station and board a shred train to Luzhba (about 3.5 hours). Upon arrival, we transfer our gear onto snowmobiles and travel light and fast to a log cabin we will call home for the next week. Plans for the day: settle in, get a short avalanche training, and head for the first ride!
We dedicate all five days to skitour and freeriding. The days start and end early: we get up at 7 am, start off at 9 am and return home by 4 pm to warm ourselves with hot meals and have some rest before another powder day.
Departure day. We still make some time for morning powder sessions, return to the cabin, pack up, get to the railway station, and board a back train for Novokuznetsk. You can plan your flight home for the next morning.
We will stay in a comfortable hotel in Novokuznetsk for two night before and after the programme. Accommodation in twin rooms.
In Luzhba: we will live in a log cabin heated with a wooden stove. It is simple hostel-type accommodation with an outhouse. We will have at least three sessions of Russian banya (sauna) per week. 3G networks are almost always available at our place—we recommend buying a MegaFon SIM card in Novokuznetsk.
We will provide you with three good home-made meals a day and snacks for skitour trips. We cook Russian and European food and traditionally spend two evenings together making pelmeni (dumplings) and shashlik (barbecue). Alcoholic beverages are not included; you can stock up in Novokuznetsk to suit your tastes.
Note. If you are allergic to food or have specific preferences, please indicate this in your booking application.
Siberia is known for its freezing cold temperatures. Daytime temperatures in Luzhba can drop to −25...−30°C (−13...−22°F). Please make sure that you have enough warm clothes and extra sets.
One-night snowfall can bring a meter of fresh snow: powder skis (110 mm waist or fatter) are strongly recommended for skiers.
We suggest that you prep your gear and re-glue skins before the trip. Please also note that glueless skins or dirty/old glue may perform poorly in cold temperatures.
- certified RMGA guides;
- transfer from airport to Novokuznetsk and back;
- train tickets from Novokuznetsk to Luzhba;
- snowmobile shuttle for gear between the railway station and our lodge;
- Russian banya sessions;
- accommodation in Novokuznetsk;
- accommodation and meals in Luzhba.
Price does not include
- tourist visa to Russia (if required);
- meals in Novokuznetsk;
- medical/evacuation insurance;
- tips for guides.