Best Snow Slopes for Sledding

There’s no shortage of frost and snow this winter in Moscow, so it’s high time to try some traditional Russian entertainment, sledding down the snow slopes. We’ve selected several slopes that offer not only equipped slopes and tube rental, but also beautiful views of historic buildings and parks.

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.

Manezhnaya Ploshad

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

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.

Sokolniki Park

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.

Tsaritsyno

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.

Kolomenskoe

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.

Izmailovsky Park

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.