Kazan Ski Resort

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In 2003, one of Russia's largest outdoor activity centres outside the Caucasus Region was opened right across from Sviyazhsk. In the summer time, it is home to a nine-hole golf course, a clay target shooting range, an open-air pool and various kayaking options, while in the winter it turns into a full-scale ski resort with chairlifts, lighted ski trails and a snowboarding park. The trails are best suited for intermediate level skiers and snowboarders. There are wide, smooth green-, blue- and red-marked slopes. The total length of the ski trails is 2.8 kilometres (1.6 miles), with an elevation of 160 metres (350 feet). Guests can stay at Alpine houses with occupancy of 4-6 people (84 square metres (900 square feet)), where prices start at 8,000 rubles per night, or at three different hotels. There is also a big children's playground, as well as cafés, restaurants and rental stations for sports equipment.