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With gorgeous Carpathian Mountains piled up in the western corner of the country, Ukraine has got itself into a great deal with the ski lovers.  Famous with local tourists, Ukraine skiing spots are slowly getting onto the radars of more distant travelers.  It’s not just the thrill of ski jumps that attracts visitors: cozy tucked away traditional villages, delicious home-made food and plenty of ancient holiday traditions add up to the charm!

If you are interested in testing your skis out in Ukraine, this post will be your ultimate guide to country’s top well-known and hidden ski spots.

 

BUKOVEL SKI RESORT (IVANO-FRANKIVSK REGION)

Bukovel ski resort

If we have to choose one place that offers excellent service, great slopes and plenty of snow, Bukovel would be it.  Easily accessible by regular bus shuttles from Ivano-Frankivsk, this famous ski resort is up and coming place for ski lovers. Keep in mind that Bukovel is the most expensive of all Ukrainian ski resorts, and has been built on bare land: it’s in a way its own compound, with skiing, entertainment and accommodation located in one place. While it might be convenient for many, it is rather commercialized vacation spot and does not have the feeling of authenticity, that many smaller places have.

BUKOVEL SKI RESORT: FACTS SNAPSHOT

Slopes: averaging 900 m to 1370 m height

Number of lifts: 16, almost all are chair lifts

Total length: 50 km

Service quality: high

Accessibility: high

Snow: available November to April, slopes are usually groomed and there are snow-making machines

All categories of difficulty are available for great snowskiing and snowboarding.Beginners can try themselves out on a gradual slope, and kids will love short tows.  For more experienced skiers there are several black diamonds. Night skiing is available from 5:00 to 8:00 p.m, on two slopes that are upper intermediate.

Getting there: take a train to Ivano-Frankivsk. Outside of the train station there will be buses running in the direction of TC Bukovel. Expect two hours by bus (110 km)

Staying there: there are plenty of hotels and B&B available around the resort. Make sure you book well in advance, as Ukrainians tend to flock there during high holiday season (December 29th – January 12th).  Most of the hotels in Bukovel do not offer one day package, and you have to buy few days accommodation.

SLAVSKE SKI RESORT (LVIV REGION)

Slavske ski resort

This resort is most popular with students, youth and anyone who lives in or around Lviv. It’s located merely 120 km from Lviv, and is easily accessible by public transportation.  Four mountains – Trostian, Pohar, Menchur and Politechnik – give plenty of options for skiers.  Pohar and Politechnik are favorites of beginners. Mountain Zvynets hosts ‘Zahar Berkut’ ski resort and is great for more advanced skiers. Trostian is the highest, and most of the time has good snow.

SLAVSKE SKI RESORT: FACTS SNAPSHOT

Slopes: averaging 600 m to 1232 m height

Number of lifts: 20, only some are chair lifts

Total length: 12 km

Service quality: medium

Accessibility: high

Snow: available December to March, there are not enough snow-making machines, so check the weather forecast in advance

Staying there: look out for small B&B and rural guesthouses. Some will offer pick up truck transportation all the way to the slopes. Book way in advance, if you want to get the best price and service. Slavske is known for its good food! Lots of options, reasonable prices and fast service. If you don’t want to wait 40 min to get your cup of tea, Slavske is your place!

PYLYPETS AND PODOBOVETS (ZAKARPATTYA REGION)

Pylypets and Podobovets in Transcarpathia

These places are not yet ski resorts in its full sense, however, they are developing rapidly and surprise skiers with good prices.  Three mountains (Podobovets, Pylypets and Mahura) are the base, with most services provided by private sector: locals. There’s good selection of ski slopes, however, it does not have yet all the necessary machinery to maintain it. Check the weather forecast to make sure there is enough snow. Most of the slopes are not suitable for beginners. Some have 45 degrees’ angle!

Also, entertainment infrastructure (loud bars and discos) is not developed at all. So, if you are into the local authentic culture, these two villages will be your first choice! Local villagers still keep old traditions of rural Ukraine and are always eager to prepare home-made borshch, teach you how to weave carpets and show you the famous village hospitality.  If you are interested in short tours around the area, you will love a trip to Ukraine’s highest mountain lake – Synevyr, or a visit to beautiful Shypit waterfall.

PYLYPETS AND PODOBOVETS FACTS SNAPSHOT

Slopes: averaging 700 m to 1500 m height

Number of lifts: 10

Total length: 25 km

Service quality: medium

Accessibility: medium

Snow: available December to March, there are not enough snow-making machines, so check the weather forecast in advance

Accommodation: very reasonable prices (starting from 6-8 euros per night), mainly locally owned guesthouses.

DRAGOBRAT (ZAKARPATTYA REGION)

Dragobrat – Ukraine’s highest ski resort

This ski resort is the highest in Ukraine (up to 1800 m). It also has no doubt the most beautiful views. While there are not enough snow-making machines, nature fills up the need: snow appears usually around November, and stay all the way till May. Sometimes the snow cover is 5 m high! If you are beginner, then this place is not for you. The slopes are rather tough, and there is barely any entertainment available.  Ski resort is also not easily accessible, as there is no yet proper road up to it.  If you decide to try out Dragobrat, plan for a fun ride in a local pick-up truck along the bumpy mountainous road! Great experience for those, looking for something off-the-beaten track.

DRAGOBRAT SKI RESORT FACTS SNAPSHOT

Slopes: averaging 1400 m to 1800 m height

Total length: 10 km

Number of lifts: 10

Service quality: medium

Accessibility: poor

Snow: available November to May, there are not enough snow-making machines, so check the weather forecast in advance

If you are not afraid to try out the very local experience, you can do the train. However, if you are looking for more comfort, take a train from Lviv to Ivano-Frankivsk. Then get a bus to Yasinya. From the village of Yasinya one will have to take local public transportation (the famous pick-up trucks) in order to get up to Dragobrat. If you are driving your own car, keep in mind that the road from Yasinya to Dragobrat is actually an absence of one, so don’t event attempt to drive it. It’s safer to park your car in Yasinya, and use the pick-up trucks (One ride will cost you around 2 euros).

Accommodation: very reasonable prices (starting from 8-10 euros per night), mainly locally owned guesthouses.