Grigory and team run a great lodge – all well organised – low key and relaxed – comfortable accommodation – wholesome food and incredible skiing deep endless powder plus great being in the middle of no where ! We’ll be back !!! Luzhba Skitouring Lodge 2019.
H Thomas - UK
Ski touring in Siberia was an epic adventure. We were incredibly well looked after from our arrival, the owners, staff and guide we so friendly & welcoming. It was such a unique experience – the journey there on the train is epic. The village is truly wild and remote, the lodging simple, warm and comfortable. Local food is warm and filling, and the banya experience superb. Sounds great already I haven’t mentioned the snow. Wow, I have ridden in some snowy places, e.g. Japan, but this was something else. Superb runs among the trees, never rode the same line or crossed another track the whole week. Unbelievable.
Alexandra Rangelova - London
Last week I came back from a great week skiing in Siberia! The surroundings and the facilities were amazing! The snow quality was good, as well the ski guide Dmitry did an amazing job and I learned a lot from him. Thanks for organizing this wonderful week and the service is great I have to say!
Klas Wendel - Stockholm, Sweden
I really had an amazing time in Siberia! The skiing was of course awesome with loads of powder but there were few outstanding things that I would like to point out that made this trip even better. The hut was very comfortable which is always a nice extra on this kind of trip. I very much appreciated Anna’s guiding. She always chose the best routes and was very strong on security. As a woman, I also thought that it was nice to be guided by a woman. It’s not often that I am guided by a woman and I have to say that it was a very good extra to the trip. And last but not least… I loved the food!! Luba is a very talented cook and I rarely went on trips where I ate so well. Food was comfy but healthy as the same time and I was also happy to discover Siberian delicacies.
I think the fact I’ve skied in both Luzhba, Baikal and have every intention to return with Grigory and his team for another trip says it all really! Fantastic location, snow and organisation but most important a great team. Thanks Peter, Denis, Dima and Grigory. I hope to ski together on the next trip.
Rhodri Davies - UK
Excellent powder experience with skilled guides and staff on Lake Baikal Heliskiing.
Karel de Mooij - Katwijk, Netherlands
One of the best heliboarding experience I had. Best early season powder snow and the guides chose the best fall line runs through scenic Siberian conifers with minimal traverse for snowboarders. Some runs take in spectacular view of Lake Baikal and the return flight to the lodge at the end of the day along the lake is a retreat. Besides the excellent experience in the mountains. The food offered in the lodge esp the omul caviar endemic to lake Baikal is top notched. Accommodation is comfortable and hot tub offers great sunset view of the mountain range we just skied for the day. Activities abound on days when the snow get topped up and the chopper don’t fly. You can go for Banja experience next to the lake or the new nature museum. And if you have time extend a few days in historical Irkutsk to check out the cultural sites. The city is beautiful after a snowfall covering the various churches!
Mervin Phng - Singapore
Already my second trip with Skiing in Russia. This time to Lake Baikal Heliskiing. And again it was exceptional. What can I say, great guides, fantastic location, good organisation, nice lodge with amazing food. Loved it 😍🏂🎿🚁
Cornelia Kropp - Germany
Skiing with Grigory and Dmitry in Luzbha was awesome. The communication pre trip was faultless, and help and advice with visa (very easy). Transport from Moscow was super easy with guide all the way. Snow was great, touring each day from the lodge with lots of varied terrain – trees, bowls and waist deep powder (what’s not to like ). The lodge was comfortable with great home-made food shared with good company. Grigory and Dmitry are fantastic guides running a safe and fun operation. My only negative was the week went too fast! I for one, will sure be back for another trip.
Richard W Webster - Caldy, UK
First class guiding in Luzhba this month with Grigory and Dmitry. Friendly warm accommodation, tasty catering, excellent travel arrangements by them….and magic skiing…and more magic skiing.
December 2016, December 2017.
Richard Harrower - Solihull, UK
The whole trip was absolutely fabulous I had three weeks of powder skiing, exceptional hospitality and a great cultural experience. Grigory Mintsev from Skiing in Russia who runs the touring in Luzhba went above and beyond to make my trip work so smoothly.
Luzhba is not going to be everyone’s piece of cake. Not everyone wants to skin up hill. The runs at Luzhba were steeper and the powder deeper. The quality of the guiding in terms of their qualifications and experience, attention to safety identifying optimum runs and general customer service was first class and as good as anywhere in the world. The accommodation at Luzhba was brand new and very warm and comfortable.
Reasons to ski in Siberia:
1. The best snow in Siberia occurs when other locations including Hokkaido do not have their best snow. So it is possible to ski the best time in Siberia and the best time at other locations in the one season if you have the time and money.
2. Great cultural experience. As well as Moscow I had some time in Novokuznetsk, Sheregesh town and Novosibirsk. People in Russia were super friendly and helpful. The ordinary people made it clear they were really pleased to have you there and went out of their way to compensate for the language problem.
3. Food. Had some great food everywhere but especially at Luzhba.
Full story – ski.com.au
David Walsh - Essendon, Australia
Amazing skiing in Siberia with guys from “Skiing in Russia”.
Luzhba is very cosy and quiet place somewhere in Siberia. If you look for some new experience in skiing or snowboarding far from civilization – this place is the best choice. Beautiful treeline powder runs without any competition with other powder-hunters.
We had a week in November, and already Luzhba delivered lots of fresh and wonderful snow.
“Skiing in Russia” guides organized everything: all transfers, comfortable lodge, amazing meal and main point – interesting and safe skiing.
Trip to Siberia is a one you’ll never forget. Sure!
Kirill Mihalchenko - Moscow, Russia
Just want to take the opportunity to say thank you for the magic trip to Siberia and all the good you have done for us (putting in the track, cooking, joining us for après ski, …) We really had a fantastic time skiing through the forest every day in great fresh powder snow. Accommodation in local wooden huts with traditional Russian banya and the home cooked food made it a real Siberian experience – we miss the place already!
Anton, Jürgen and Hannes
Hannes Salzmann - Voralberg, Austria
Thank you for the great time in Siberia. I had a wonderful time with the group and Sasha and Dmitry! Organization and service were on a high level! I have lots of snowboard plans and I’ll contact Skiing in Russia team again for other amazing places and trips.
Eline Goos - Voorburg, Netherlands
Just few words to thank you and all the team for this amazing week in Luzhba Skitouring Lodge. Everything was absolutely perfect (the skiing, the accommodation, the group, the crew, the site). I would like to highlight your professionalism always trying to give us your best from dawn to bedtime.
François-Louis Comyn - Grenoble, France
Big credits go to Grigory and all the team for his tremendous efforts in re-opening Siberia and Luzhba, in particular, as a new world powder destination. This was my first skitouring experience that went smooth from very beginning and until the end of the trip. Logistic, food, accommodation and, of course, Grigory’s professionalism as a guide set a very high standard in every aspect of this adventure. And, of course, Luzhba. This is really a unique spot that every freerider should visit! Best snow and tree-skiing in my life!
Semyon Isakov - Moscow, Russia
I’ve been in Siberia and Kamchatka with Grigory and both trips were very well organized and super exciting. The choice of ski routes, lodges, food and logistics was great. When going to the trip with Grigory you get not just fresh snow, but wonderful experience in beautiful place.
Olga Elyukhina - Moscow, Russia
Very well organised, safe and absolutely fantastic trips.
I’ve been with Grigory on five trips and will take more. Highly recommended if you are looking for powder and especially if you are ready for skitouring – almost anywhere on the globe. Ready to comment in detail personally, contact me if needed.
Gleb Skrypin - Moscow, Russia
I’ve done skitouring program in Siberia. Had a great time over 10 days and felt that my skiing has improved quite a lot. See you all next year.
Konstantin Simaev - Krasnoyarsk, Russia
My trip to Luzbha in 2014 with Grigory and Dmitry was a fantastic experience! Powder snow for 18 days in beautiful mountain forests, touring from a comfortable wooden lodge in the middle of Siberia, an adventure I will remember forever! Grigory runs a professional and well organised operation focused on getting the best snow in some amazing locations around the world, will be going on more trips with them that’s for sure!
Had another great trip to Luzbha, Siberia in 2015! This time we stayed in the new upgraded accommodat
Garnet Griffiths - Perth, Australia
Super cool place! Grigory and his staff are professional and serious, I spent time with them last year with friends, it’s was a wonderful experience in Siberia, skiing powder everyday in the forest. Good lodge, good food and nice people. Very authentic and local accommodations.
Jérémy Janody - Annecy, France
Just back in the UK after a fantastic week at the Luzhba Skitouring Lodge, thank you all for looking after us and a brilliant week.
Jeremy Wootton - Worthing, UK.
Yesterday I came back from a great week skiing in Siberia in Luzhba Skitouring Lodge! The surroundings and the facilities were amazing! The snow quality was good, and ski guide Dmitry did an amazing job and I learned a lot from him. Thanks for organising this wonderful week and the service is great I have to say!
Rogier Verkaik - Netherlands
Thank you so much for the overall organisation of the skitouring week in Lake Baikal. The two guides (Peter and Anna) who accompanied us the whole week were very complementary. Anna is the real boss for coordination of all activities. Food was very good. We got a good weather and perfect snow conditions.
Bruno Sornin - France
Immer perfekt organisiert, schöne Erlebnisse & sehr kompetente Tourenplanung und Guiding. Gerne wieder!
Thomas Bauer - Munich, Germany
Week that we spent in Siberia, Priiskovoe (November 2017) was more than great and well organised. Sandwich in the snowcat was very tasteful, cooled beer and Banya, and of course a lot of powder skiing. Thank you all for that week, I’ll be back next year, I hope. Thanks to the guide’s Grigory, Sasha and Dmitry.
Ola Johansson - Gothenburg, Sweden
Well, one of the best adventure-travel agencies I know. Small but very comfortable and client-oriented! Providing wilderness trips in most beautiful places of Russia, and organizing skitouring and heliskiing all over the globe… Highly recommended!
Andrey Mednikov - Moscow, Russia
Random goggle search lead to an excellent two weeks touring and cat skiing. Well organized, great crew and great skiing/snowboarding!
Tarshi Sabotarsh - Melbourne, Australia
Had a fantastic adventure in Siberia. For me it was the best tree skiing I have done, great snow and a great bunch of guys!
Scott Clenaghan - UK
I really enjoyed staying in Luzhba Skitouring Lodge and skiing with you and look forward to do it again in the future. You guys are amazing!
Simon Straetker - Germany
Skiing in Siberia is an absolute must for any passionate skier with the best snow , beautiful mountains, and amazing food. The trip is the perfect mixture of traditional Siberian elements and amazing skiing.
Michael Webster - Liverpool, UK
Ulrich Burkhardt - Munich, Germany