Best Snow Slopes for Sledding
Use free slopes in parks, or choose a tubing trail with a lift. If you choose the first option, you might want to buy a device for sledding – it may be a simple plastic seat or a big inflatable tyre (‘tube’) – whatever you need, you’ll find a selection in many shops selling sports equipment.
In the heart of Moscow, between Ploshad Revolutsii and Manezhnaya Ploshad, next to Red Square, is a slope that has been built specially for the Journey to Christmas Festival. It is a 7 m-high slope built of ice blocks from lakes in the Urals. There are four trails, so that more people can sled at a time, and the waiting time is less.
Opening times: Monday – Thursday 11 am – 8 pm; Friday, weekends and national holidays 10 am – 10 pm. On December 31, the slope opens at noon and closes at 3 am, January 1.
Both entrance and tube rental are free.
VDNH also features a 7 m-high tubing slope with five trails. It is located in the Northern Garden, on the right from the main entrance.
Opening times: Monday – Friday 11 am - 11 pm; weekends and national holidays 10 am – 11 pm.
Price for one ride: adults 50 RUB on weekdays, 70 RUB on weekends and holidays; children shorter than 140 cm 40 RUB on workdays, 50 RUB on weekends and holidays. Discount for blocks of five rides.
Address: VDNH. VDNH metro station.
The slope in Sokolniki Park is 12 m high, with 200 m-long trails. It is located on 3rd Luchevoy Prosek.
Opening times: 11 am – 10 pm daily.
Prices: 300 RUB for adults and children per 45 mins on weekdays; 400 RUB at weekends. Kids under 7 are not allowed.
Address: Sokolniki Park, Sokolniki metro station.
The slope near Bolshoy Bridge in Tsaritsyno is a natural part of the landscape. You can rent a tube or bring your own.
Opening times: Tuesday to Friday 10 am – 7 pm; weekends and national holidays 10 am – 9 pm. Closed on Mondays.
Prices: Tuesday to Friday, 10 am – 5 pm free with your own equipment; 5 pm – 7 pm 100 RUB per hour. Weekends and national holidays 100 RUB per 30 mins; 150 RUB per hour. Tube rental: weekdays 150 RUB per 30 mins, 200 RUB per hour; weekends and holidays 200 RUB per 30 mins, 300 RUB per hour. Discounts for students.
Address: Bolshoy Bridge near Bolshoy Palace in Tsaritsyno; 1 Dolskaya Ulitsa, Building 6. Tsaritsyno metro station.
The slope area along the Moskva river is huge and includes both equipped trails and open free slopes.
Opening hours: daily, 12.00 pm – 7.00 pm
Tube rental: 200 RUB per 30 mins; entrance with your own equipment is free.
Address: Kolomenskoe Museum and Nature Reserve, 39 Andropova Prospekt. Moskva river bank. Kolomenskaya metro station.
There are several natural slopes with free entrance in Izmailovsky Park and a specially built one, Les Chudes (Wonder Forest), which is 7 m high and is located near the Northern Entrance, closer to Partizanskaya metro station. It is particularly beautiful at night, when it’s lit up.
Opening times: weekdays noon – 8 pm; weekends and holidays 11 am to 9 pm.
Prices: natural slopes are free; entrance to Les Chudes with your own tube is 250 RUB (unlimited time); tube rental 350 RUB per hour.
50-Letia Oktyabrya Park
This park is located in the South-West of Moscow. The structure is a wooden ramp with a slippery coating, which means the slope can be used all the year round. Vertical drop: 25 m. Trail length: 100 m. Admission is allowed with rented equipment only.
Open: daily 10.00 am – 10.00 pm
Price: 300 RUB per hour; tube 350 RUB per hour; sledge 150 RUB per hour.
Address: 50-Letia Oktyabrya Park, Udaltsova Ulitsa, Prospekt Vernadskogo metro station.