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Winter Adventures with HSE Extreme Sports Club

Karelia, Mount Elbrus, Bulgaria, Georgia, Krasnaya Polyana, and Andorra - this winter the Extreme Sports Club invites students, alumni and HSE staff members to set off for winter adventures. While many of the events have already become solid HSE traditions, some of them are being held for the first time. The projects are supported by HSE Department of Physical Training.

This year one of the club ski trips is being arranged by Elena Koleva, an international student from Bulgaria and a world class skiing instructor. She learned about the club while still in Bulgaria, decided to study in Russia and continue doing her favourite sports. She is now organizing a ski camp in Bulgaria as a member of the HSE international student organizing committee.

Detailed information on all of the events can be found below.

New Year in Karelia

December 30, 2016 – January 4, 2017

Winter trips to Karelia were one of the first projects of the Extreme Sports Club, which now has a 17-year history.
The participants will live in a cosy Karelian-Finnish style wooden house in the taiga forest, ride hunting skis and sleds, sing to the guitar in the evening, and have fun celebrating the New Year in this place of great atmosphere. Extreme sport enthusiasts will try freeriding, sledding or... kayaking!

Participants will also enjoy the atmosphere of the ancient Karelian-Finnish epos ‘Kalevala’ as well the entertainment programme, which has lots of contests, games, parties, quests and prizes from the club.

For more information please contact:

Evgeny Seryshev +7 (916) 637 14 36
Andrey Shekotov +7 (903) 149 69 91
Full information is here.

If you plan to take part in the trip, please notify the organizers by November 15 as places are limited.

HSE New Year in Baku

December 30, 2016 – January 3, 2017

This will be the first trip of HSE students and staff members to Azerbaijan’s capital, which resulted in the first meeting with local traditions and natural wonders, as well as the New Year celebration. Participants who choose this trip will visit Yanar Dag (the Burning Mountain) and the Fire Temple of Baku, see prehistoric murals and rock paintings, and admire mud volcanoes. They say that walking in Baku at night time is an incredible experience. While Baku is compared with Paris and New York, at the same time it is unique.

Participants will live in double rooms in a 4-star hotel that is located within a 10-minute walk from Baku Eye.

The tour includes:

  • breakfast each day
  • celebration programme, gifts from the Extreme Sports Club and transfers to and from Baku’s airport
  • sightseeing tours

For more information please contact Andrey Shekotov: +7 (903) 149 69 91

Please notify the organizers of your decision by November 10.

A series of traditional ski and snowboard club camps starts in January.

HSE Snow Camp in Andorra

January 2-8, 2017

This winter the Extreme Sports Club will head to Andorra for the first time. This country is considered one of the best places for skiing in Europe. Participants will enjoy:

  • 100 slopes
  • 3 snow parks
  • the opportunity to attend ski schools with groups at different levels
  • high mountain skiing: peak height reaches 2,500 meters!

The club guarantees that you won’t be disappointed by the slopes.

In addition to skiing, the trip also includes diving under the surface of a frozen lake, dog sledding, cross country skiing, and walks along the streets of Barcelona to view the Christmas decorations.

Departure group

For details, please see the webpage.

Trip registration

For more information, please contact

Vladislav Shulepa +7 (916) 296 65 75

Ksenia Ignatcheko +7 (915) 057 67 82 

HSE Winter Camp in Georgia

January 2–8, 2017

Georgian ski resort Gudauri is already well known to many HSE students and staff members who have taken part in previous club projects.  This camp has been held four years in a row. This region features excellent service, developed infrastructure and, of course, delicious Georgian cuisine and Georgian hospitality. Tourists from all over Europe and North America come here for holidays.

Modern Doppelmayer ski lifts take skiers and snowboarders to the top. A number of trails for freeriding and backcountry skiing start from two major peaks – Sadzele (3,307 meters) and Kudebi (3,006 metres).

Heliskiing and heliboarding are also available. In addition, experienced instructors from the Extreme Sports Club will help those who are only beginning to learn skiing or snowboarding. 

The tour includes:

  • accommodation in rooms for two and three people located 300 metres from the ski lift (the centre of Gudauri)
  • breakfast and dinner (Georgian cuisine)
  • ski pass for 6 days of skiing
  • transfers to and from Tbilisi
  • sports insurance for all days of skiing
  • free ski lessons by professional instructors
  • Christmas celebration
  • evening entertainment

If you plan to join the trip, please send your application to Galina Rossova via email: galina.rossova@mail.ru

In your application please indicate:

  • name and surname
  • date of birth
  • phone number
  • email address
  • ski or snowboard level
  • your comments


Galina Rossova: +7 (906) 048 55 58 

A visa is not required for the trip to Georgia, although you will need your international passport. International students should verify whether they require a visa to travel to Georgia.

For more information please see the webpage.

New Year Snow Fest on Mount Elbrus

January 3–11, 2017

This is another traditional camp held by the Extreme Sports Club. The club has been organizing trips to Mount Elbrus for over 10 years, with club members noting that the Elbrus region and the resorts of the North Caucasus get better each year.

The Elbrus region is one of the best Russian resorts in terms of price and quality: meals on the mountain, ski passes, infrastructure, etc. here are much more affordable than at other Russian ski resorts.

HSE’s Extreme Sports Club is arranging this year’s open skiing and snowboarding trip to the slopes of Mount Elbrus and Mount Cheget. 

The trip includes:

  • hotel accommodation
  • two meals (breakfast and dinner)
  • transfer from Mineralnye Vody to the hotel and back
  • sports insurance
  • shuttle to the slopes
  • gifts from the club and its partners
  • club parties

The club has a limited number of snowboards. Participants can rent them for the trip to Elbrus for free on a first come, first served basis. For more details please see the webpage.

For more information please contact

Irina Stachenkova: +7 (910) 472 09 95 

Please notify the organizers of your decision by December 10 as spots are limited. 

HSE Snow Camp in Krasnaya Polyana

February 5–12, 2017

Krasnaya Polyana is an international level resort where all major competitions at the 2014 Winter Olympic Games were held. Krasnaya Polyana is characterized by modern infrastructure and top class ski facilities and attracts tourists from all over the world. It’s only 40 kilometres from the airport and the same distance from the Black Sea coast.

The trip includes:

  • 7 days at the best ski resort in Russia
  • daily skiing on prepared tracks and freeriding
  • photo shoot in swimsuits at 2,320 meters above sea level
  • training for beginners and freeriding for advanced riders
  • screenplays of cult films about extreme sports
  • daily parties
  • fun and active travel companions

For more information, please contact

Ekaterina Kuznetsova +7 (916) 800 28 09

Skiing in Bulgaria

February 19–24, 2017 

Finally, there is a new club camp organized by Elena Koleva, an HSE student from Bulgaria and world class skiing instructor. The ski and snowboard camp will be held at the Pamporovo resort in Bulgaria.

‘Pamporovo is the southernmost ski resort in Europe and the sunniest mountain resort in Bulgaria’, says Elena. ‘It is located in the heart of the picturesque Rhodope mountains at the foot of the Snejanka peak (1,926 metres). Legend has it that Orpheus once lived there’.

Communication during the trip will be in both Russian and English.

The trip will feature:

  • 6 days with good travel companions
  • daily skiing (5 days)
  • training for skiers
  • daily parties

The cost of the trip includes:

  • breakfast and dinner
  • transfer from the airport to the hotel and back
  • ski pass for all days of skiing
  • gifts from the Extreme Sports Club
  • accommodation in cosy villas near ski lifts.

Trip coordinator — Elena Koleva: +7 (916) 973 75 18

For more information about the trip please see the webpage.

HSE Winter Camp in Krasnaya Polyana

March 10–17, 2017

In March, the club is holding a trip to Krasnaya Polyana for both skiing and sunbathing. Here you can learn the basics of freeriding.


Ekaterina Kuznetsova +7 (916) 800 28 09

Departure group

For 16 years, X-Sport Club, an The HSE student club for extreme sports, ‘X-Sport Club’, has been organizing organizing joint trips for HSE students and staff members, alike, as well as contests in winter and summer sports. For more detailed information please visit the club’s official group on Vkontakte or the its website www.xsportclub.ru.