Alpinism and rock climbing belong to the extreme type of recreation activities and sports. These sports require good physical preparedness, expensive professional equipment, strong will and readiness for serious trials. However, one should not think that alpinism is not for everyone. There is a variety of alpinism types for people with various levels of physical preparedness. Today, the most popular types of alpinism are hiking and trekking. These activities are usually combined with tourism. As for alpinism tours, a special rout selection and training of participants will take place prior to the tours.
Armenia is famous for its mountains and can offer to real alpinists maximally difficult routs in Mount Aragats (4090 m.) and Khustup (3214 m.). You can also try various rock climbing routs and even rent the necessary equipment. The most popular rocks are situated in the gorge leading to Noravank Monastery, one of the most interesting site seeing places of Armenia.
If you consider yourself a real mountain-skier but haven’t yet tried it in Armenia, then be sure that you have missed a lot! Right here, in Tsahkadzor resort-town, on the altitude of 1,800 meters, the main USSR sports base was built in 1968 where world famous sportsmen like Alekseev, Vardanyan, Salnikov, Saneyev, and Lemeshev used to have their trainings here.
At present, Tsaghkadzor is a resort area with well developed tourism infrastructure: new heated elevators that take to three levels up to mountain, nice hotels and restaurants.
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Free ride is mountain skiing and snowboards outside of ski tracks. It is a free descent on an unknown slope and fresh snow outside of tracked courses. Free ride is a very risky type of mountain skiing. Dangers await sportsmen at any step: avalanches, hummocks, unknown landscape, etc.
Armenia is almost unknown to free-riders, although if you have once been to Mount Aragats you can never forget the excitement!
Snowboarding is one of the most attractive winter sports. It is a downhill on a mountainside on a so called mono-ski (snowboard). The snowboarding has variety of choices: slalom (single, parallel, slalom-giant, super giant, and parallel giant), snowboard cross, free style, half-pipe, big year, slope style, and free ride.
Snowboard fans will be just as pleased in Armenia, as mountain skiers.
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