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 Bukovel ski resort is one of the best mountain resorts in Ukraine with a couple of high-speed chair lifts, meticulously groomed slopes and snow-making machines, turnstiles for passing skiers through lines, and ubiquitous security personnel.
Tourist complex “Bukovel” is located 30 km from Yaremche and 110 km from Ivano-Frankovsk. This tourist area is unique in its natural and climatic conditions. Ski runs are laid on specially prepared slopes with grassy base. All the tracks are equipped with snow cannons and protected from direct sunlight, making snow keep much longer than in other places. The total length of tracks is about 50 km. Among all the slopes (there are 61 in Bukovel): 12 – for beginners, 41 – medium complexity, and 8 – for professionals. The longest piste is 5G at 2,106 2,106 m (6,910 ft). There are 11×4-person chair lifts, 1×3-person chair lift, 1×2-person chair lift and 1×T-bar.Bukovel has major plans for expansion; supposedly by the 2010-2011 season it plans to have 278 km of runs and 35 lifts, which would make it one of the 20 largest ski resorts in the world.
 The Slopes
 Bukovel's base elevation is nearly 900 m above the sea level, and the highest ski lift rises to 1370 m, making Bukovel the second highest ski resort in Ukraine after Dragobrat. All categories of difficulty are available for great snowskiing and snowboarding. There is a very long gradual slope that is perfect for beginners, a couple of short tows for children and "super-beginners," all levels of intermediate runs, and several black diamonds. Night skiing is available from 5:00 to 8:00 p.m, on two slopes that are upper intermediate.
  The Ukrainian government announced in 2006 that Bukovel ski and snowboard resort is expanding to 262 acres in anticipation of Ukraine bidding to host the 2018 Winter Olympic Games. The additional land will be used for the construction of several new ski lifts and service projects. Previously, the land was a government-managed forest preserve area. Bukovel has also plans to build an Olympic winter stadium in preparation for a possible bid.
 Rest in the mountains is beautiful both in winter and summer. The beauty of Bukovel is difficult to convey with words: the beautiful evergreen forests in the summer, clear air, mountain streams and unique winter landscapes. Mountain resort Bukovel is not only skiing but also resort with the largest equipment, best doctors, and mineral waters with the unique properties. For the moment “Bukovel” treats and heals people with problems of musculoskeletal system, gastrointestinal tract and urinary tract. It has all the necessary modern medical and diagnostic equipment. On the territory of the resort there is public pump-room with mineral water. There is also a “territory of thermal processes” – icy font, sauna, mud baths.
In short, Bukovel is not only a paradise for fans of winter sports in Ukraine and beyond its borders; it is also a wonderful place for the rest in the mountains all year round with the whole family.
 Getting to Bukovel
  By car
Bukovel may be reached from the west (Uzhhorod, Mukachevo, etc.) as well as the east (Ivano-Frankovsk) via the P-03. Visitors from Hungary, Slovakia, and Romania will want to come in from the west, but all the others will find it easier to reach Bukovel from the east (via Ivano-Frankovsk, unless you are coming from Chernovtsy or Kolomyia).
The turnoff from the P-03 is exactly half-way between the villages of Yablunytsia and Tatariv. Yablunytsia is just to the east of the 921 m pass over the main Carpathian ridge. If you drive west from Ivano-Frankivsk, you will turn right and drive up a nicely paved road to the village of Palianytsia (less than 5 km). Bukovel resort is located at the far end of this village and has a large guarded parking area. Traffic jams are an occasional problem on the access road, but it is kept clear of snow, and chains are not required. 
Bukovel may be reached by bus from the following cities: Ivano-Frankovsk (110 km, or around 1.5 hours), Lvov (245 km, or about 3.5 hours), Ternopol (250 km), and Chernovtsy (255 km). Buses leave from the area in front of or next to the central train station (unconfirmed for Chernovtsy) and are generally timed for connecting with trains.


The nearest airport in Ivano-Frankovsk only has flights to and from Kiev, while Lvov has a number of international connections at its growing airport: Athens, Frankfurt, Kiev, Madrid, Moscow, Naples, Rome, Timisoara, and Warsaw.

Bukovel lift pass:
 With this entire new infrastructure, prices at Bukovel are understandably higher than elsewhere. One lift ride costs 10 UAH Mon-Thu and 12 UAH Fri-Sun. Passes can be bought for half a day, evening skiing, a whole day, several days, or the entire season. For example, a day pass (good for all lifts) costs 100 UAH during the week and 110 UAH on weekends. If you ski down the mountain 25 times like me, that comes out to a reasonable 4 UAH per lift ride. About half of the lifts are chair lifts, and half are tows. Lift passes can be bought in several places around the bases of the mountains and can be used by anyone, so you could theoretically give your pass to someone else in your group while you take a break during the day. Night skiing is available from 5:00 to 8:00 p.m, on two slopes that are upper intermediate.
 Ski rental:
 There are two central locations where skis can be rented (see picture below). All skis are 2-3 years old or less and are in excellent condition. The cheapest (and most popular) set costs 55 UAH on weekdays and 65 UAH on weekends (Fri-Sun), or $7 and $8 USD, approximately. Each person who rents skis must leave a passport or driver's license — or leave a deposit of $500 USD.
Bukovel ski school:
Bukovel's ski and snowboard instructors are prepared to teach any level. The ski school operates every day from 9 am to 5 pm at the bottom of the double chair lift in the center of the resort. A group lesson usually runs from 9 am - 1 pm or from 1 pm to 5 pm and costs 100 UAH ($12 USD per person). Children's groups are also available (ages 4 to 12). Individual instruction is possible for a higher price. There is also a children's ski playground designed to help kids learn the basics of skiing through games, equipment, and a fun atmosphere. Parents can leave their kids there with instructors.
Bukovel Accommodation:
There are some truely magnificent hotels and private lodgings to rent in Bukovel and the surrounding area including Polyanytsya - Bukovel's village. Bukovel Hotel itself matches any ski resort hotel found anywhere else in Europe and with its log burning fires, it offers its guests total relaxation and fun in a great cosy atmosphere after a great day snowskiing on the wonderful ski slopes. Shelter Hotel situated also in the heart of the resort is truly lovely. Mouthwatering dishes can be had in all the hotels and resort restaurants. The rooms are all very modernly furnished and are all extremely comfortable. Once you visit Bukovel you will definately return again and again for your winter snowskiing holidays as a result of a great winter snowskiing and snowboarding holiday, organised by Ski Bukovel.
 Food at Bukovel:
Bukovel has several restaurants next to different mountains — including a pizzeria and an outdoor cafe partway up the central mountain. Prices are quite high by Ukrainian standards, but the service and dining are excellent.


Several major tourist attractions can be mentioned in the town’s surroundings, like Sighet prison about 63 km, National park Synevir about 62 km, Kolochava about 57 km, Solotvina about 62 km, Hoverla about 22 km, Synevir about 63 km, Ski Dragobrat about 20 km, Black hora about 37 km, Ski Bukovel about 0 km, Lakes of Solotvin about 62 km.

In short, Bukovel is not only a paradise for fans of winter sports in Ukraine and beyond its borders, and it is a wonderful place for the rest in the mountains all year round with the whole family.

Drahobrat ski resort

Welcome to the highest, snowiest and one of the most remote resorts in Ukraine. No keen skier can miss out on a visit to this amazing resort. Even if you’re not into the ‘white sport’ there is still something for everyone since the surrounding scenery is simply stunning. The wild and completely unspoilt landscape is the making of this resort and as a result it is popular with hikers, walkers.

Snow here is guaranteed and lasts from November right through to May. For the last 30 odd years, there hasn’t been a winter without snow- even in the warmest winters. Dragobrat is actually situated in a natural phenomenon. Located in a rare and unusual horse shoe shape, this ensures that snow falls each winter time.

Dragobrat is often called the most Alpine resort in the whole of Ukraine.Drahobrat is Ukraine's highest ski resort, with a base elevation at 1300 m, stretching right up to the imposing Mount Bliznitsa at 1883m above sea level This puts the entire resort in the zone of high snowfall and stable snowpack. Drahobrat is the first ski resort to open its lifts and the last to turn them off — usually around May 1st. At the same time, blizzards and low visibility are more common than at other ski resorts, which can keep you off the slopes for considerable amount of time. When the clouds clear you will be rewarded with the best views of any Carpathian ski resort. Drahobrat is located in the region with the most dramatic peaks in the Carpathians. Just across the valley is the Chornohora ridge with Ukraine's highest mountain, Hoverla, at 2061 m.

At Drahobrat you can enjoy up to 350 m of elevation drop. Five or six tow lifts from 350 to 1000 m in length reach up the mountainside as far as the summit of Stig mountain at 1703 m. The skiing is as wild as it gets in Ukraine. The "resort" began as a hikers' refuge back in Soviet times and has been steadily expanding, with new lodgings being built from year to year.

Drahobrat is located 18 km away from the nearest civilization, so the only place to buy food or rent equipment is directly at the resort. Also, there is no "private sector" of locals' homes to stay at, just a collection of hotels and small private inns. Hot water, electricity, and hot meals are available everywhere. The quality of food at Drahobrat - which differs from hotel to hotel - is generally lower than at other resorts and it is a constant source of complaints among visitors. Some elect to bring their own food up from the valley or at least stock up on snacks.

The road to Drahobrat:

The only way to get to Drahobrat is to take a winding, treacherous unpaved mountain road in an old Soviet UAZ or GAZ. With all the snow and deep ruts, this can be a harrowing experience. But that's the part of the novelty of Drahobrat; getting there is almost like going on a pilgrimage. Die-hard Ukrainian skiers often say that Drahobrat is their favorite Ukrainian resort, because of the snow, the solitude, and the off-piste skiing.

UAZ "taxis" will be waiting for you and other skiers at the bottom of the road in Yasinya, which is in turn a 2 hour bus or taxi ride from the Ivano-Frankivsk train station. You can also get their by the snail-paced narrow-gauge diesel train (4 hours) from Ivano-Frankivsk. There have been rumors that an aerial tramway might be built to bypass the road up the mountain and make the resort more accessible.

All this mean that Drahobrat is not a place to spend one day at and then try somewhere else. If you're coming on the train from Kiev, the soonest you'll get there is around noon the next day, and you'll need to leave soon after noon on the way back to make the evening train back to Kiev. You'll get the most enjoyment from Drahobrat and its beautiful surroundings and aura by spending 3-5 days there. Alternately, you can live in the nearest valley settlement, Yasinya, which allows you to spend one day at Drahobrat and other days at places like Yablunytsia and Bukovel, which are located along or near the main highway that runs through Yasinya as well.
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