snow boarding & skiing within the city limits
Like many Prairie cities in the Mid-West and in Canada that get real winter, there are small ski hills which allow novices the chance to hone their skills before heading to the mountains for real ski adventures. Moscow is no exception. When winter is long, dark and cold the best remedy is simply to get out and enjoy it. Moscow has many small ski hills outside the city within an hour or an hour and half drive. However, due to the difficulty of getting there, traffic and finding them, it is not practical for everyone.
Equipment: However, within the city limits are also some smaller ski hills with a verticle drop of 250-300 meters, which is just long enough to get the hang of skiing or snowboarding and learn the basics. The nice part is that these hills within the city limits are accessible with the Moscow metro.
Rental of snowboard gear costs RUB 350 per hour or RUB 1.400 per day. There is a refundable deposit of RUB 10.000 for the equipment. Lift tickets cost RUB 150 per day. With artificial snow and lights, they have skiing afterwork up until midnight. Near the ski hills you will find cafés and restaurants. Some like Vorobyovy Gory near Moscow State University enjoy a panoramic view over Moscow at night, which is worth the visit regardless.
$1 = 28 rubles
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mala sportivna arena
Home of Moscow Dynamo Ice Hockey Team, and sight of the Canada-USSR ice hockey championships in 1972 & 1974.
Equipment: Last winter I played on two teams that played at Mala Sportivna Arena in Luihzniky Park which is the home of Moscow Dynamo. It was like playing in a shrine for me, as some of the games in the 1972 Canada-USSR series were also played in this arena.
Sometimes before we played, Dynamo were also playing, so we used to slip-in through the players entrance to watch the games. The only arena I ever played in where they have metal detectors at the doors, including the players' entrance.
I wore a jersey that I bought on Stariy Arbat of Alexander Ovechkin (#32), who was considered one of the best young players, who was meant to play this season in the NHL. Instead the NHL came to him. He has lot's of NHL players on his team now to act as mentors, and of course, I would assume with all the pros now playing in the Russian league, that the level of play has improved, too. Therefore, it will help a lot of these young players make the jump from their national leagues to the NHL.
I really miss playing hockey. For me it was one really great thing about living in Moscow last winter.
world class figure skaters
Russians love figure skating.
As a Canadian, I cannot really understand it. I am plain old-fashioned. Girls figure skate, boys play hockey, and if you're a boy and figure skate, then you better hope you're an Olympian because otherwise you won't get much sympathy or respect in Canada. Perhaps times change.
However, in Russia, everyone is proud of their world-class figure skaters, men & women.
Equipment: Of course, it was not with a little schadenfreude that the French & Russian judges got caught cheating at the 2002 Winter Games in Salt Lake City and, without stripping the Russian couple of their gold medal, awarded a second to the patently better Canadian pair.
The 2002 Olympics were a disgrace for the Russians. Not only did they not do near as well as they used to under the old Soviet system, but many of their athletes, especially in cross-country skiing, were disqualified for blood-doping offences.
However, this appears to have had an effect on Russian sports, and since then Russian athletes have been working extra hard to earn the respect of other athletes & fans, and to once again prove they are some of the best winter athletes in the world.
Without a doubt, one of the funnest things I did last winter was skating outdoors on the flooded skating rinks, but not just rinks, also footpaths, parking lots, ponds, almost in everypark around the city. The most famous is of course Gorsky Park, not only this one. I also played hockey, but indoors. However, the ice is sometimes not very good. You have to be careful, especially when skating backwards, not to fall into a deep crack or hole in the ice. Could crack your head, or break your leg. Also, people throw gum wrappers and other articles on the ice, which get covered over in the snow, and then you can easily step on them, causing you to fall. So be careful, but enjoy.
Equipment: I know you can rent, but I do not have the prices. However, I know it was not too expensive. Mind you the skates were old, and the quality poor, so better to have your own.
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bringing back childhood memories
If you're from Canada or N. United States, maybe Skandinavia or the then named Czechoslovakia, perhaps you spent many early mornings getting up to go to hockey practice or figure skating lessons. Cold arenas, moms & dads freezing their butts off up in the stands, hot coffee keeping their hands warms. Chatting to friends and neighbors. It is part of our national psyche.
I had almost put all those memories out of my mind until I moved to Moscow and started playing hockey again. I had a great time. For one thing, the arenas are quite run down, so you get the feeling just from the building that it is 20-years ago.
Also, when you visit one of the many outdoor skating arenas around the city, the changing facilities are just like I remember as a kid. Lacing them up, heading out into the cold night, gulping down lung fulls of fresh air. Rosey cheeks and frozen toes. Heading in to warm-up, and then going back out again until they closed the outdoor rink for the evening.
Good clean fun.
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Look at the photo - small dot upon the clouds is me.
To repeat this you just need to go about 100 km from Moscow to the small town Volokolamsk and visit avia-club.
4 hours of express training, 1000 rubles (~$30) and you will jump from 800 m from the plane with the automatic (w/o ring) parachute.
Equipment: Parachute D-2U was invented in late 30-s for army and considered to be the most reliable till now (99%). You shoud do nothing after jump - after 3...4 sec of fall rope will pull it out of the bag and you will see outscurts like from the giant big weel. ;-)))
(for this 1% left you will have an other parachute - smaller one on your paunch ;-)))
Thanks to Anna (pinik) for correct directions in VT forum:
I found the followind web-page: www.dropzone.ru/alferievo.shtml but its in Russian only.
It's written there that in case you are going by suburbian train (elektrichka) you should take the one that is going from Tushino station to Volokolamsk (it takes about 2 hours). Then on arriving to Volokolamsk take a bus (or even better marshrutka - a kind of mini-bus) going to Lotoshino - about 40 minutes. The stop is called Suvorovo. Then, turn back (to the direction from where the bus arrived) and look for the red-brick church - accross to the church there is a road that is going to the aerodrome (about 3km). It's also possible to take a taxi from the railway station to the place (Alferyevo).
Another variant is to take a bus from Tushino station that is going to Lotoshino, Mikoulino or Osheykino. But it's necessary to take a ticket at least 1 hour before the bus departure. Also go to the Suvorovo stop.
You may try to contact web-site authors by the e-mails from the first page (www.dropzone.ru/).
Hope it will help,
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Yesterday, I went ice skating in Gorky Park. There is an area, it is like a fairground in the summer. Instead of closing it in winter, they flooded all the walkways, ponds and open spaces, and turned it into one big skating rink. There were hundreds of people, despite being around minus 12-13 degrees, all dressed up against the cold and enjoying themselves inspite of the cold. There was live music, a big Christmas tree, performers in costume singing and dancing, and it was really a winter carnival atmosphere. I guess they were celebrating their Orthodox Christmas. It was a blue sky, sunny day, and when it got darker, they turned all the street lights on. It was very beautiful between the shadows, the snow, the lit-up areas and a full moon. Whenever I got too cold, there were restaurants along the way, where you could go in with your skates on and get something warm to eat or drink. What a marvelous idea, instead of simply closing the amusement park for the winter.
The only way to survive a long winter is to simply get out and enjoy it.
Equipment: Entrance costs RUB50 ($1.50) and if you do not have your own skates you can rent them for RUB100 ($3.00) per hour. The other prices are reasonable as well. Coffee RUB20. Local beers RUB30. Pizza RUB140. Etc.
Dress warm with lot's of layers and something for your head. Warm is cool.
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Dynamo Stadium is the largest and most famous stadium in Mosco. It was built during the 1930's and was modified for the 1980 Summer Olympics. It was state of the art at that time. It is now a dingy, run down building that houses the local Soccer club and a flea market.
It is sad. I was looking forward to visiting this place and was very dissapointed by it's condition.
ice skating in gorky park
If you are here in winter and need a fix for some winter sports fun, head over to gorky park and rent a pair of skates. There are several places to do it, some better skates and some worse. The deposit will be from 1000-2000 rubles per pair, depending on which place you rent them from. But you will get the deposit back, the actual cost is only about 100 rubles per hours. The skating is pretty cool because it isn't just around in circles lke so many places, but they actually freeze all the walk ways in the park and use them as skating trails! Pretty cool! AND you can even get a beer if you like to keep you cooled down as you work up a sweat!
Almost sports find in Moskwa a club or society. Football, enjoying a growing popularity, offers a real event en now Russia has taken the European Championship 2008 into it's borders, the sport will only grow in intrest by many.
Moskwa itself has three first league footballteams that compete in heavy rivalry. Spartak, Dynamo and Lokomotiv have many Moskovians as well as other supporters.
Luzhniki. Olympic Stadium - Russia' s largest sports arena world.
85 000 seats Ideal lighting and acoustics
Press Box and Press Center meeting most conservative international requirements
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First time riding
Just few days ago I found this hourse. His name is Crisler:)
Close to my house there a small farm, even not a farm, but small palce for few hourses.
You can ride a hourse for 300 RUR per 1 hour.
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Carting is more and more popular in Moscow. New carting centers are opening one by one.
Here is one near AvtoZavodskaya metro station.
Equipment: All equipment will be in place ;-)
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