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THE MIDDLE EAST'S NEW TRAVEL MAGAZINE: FOR BEAUTIFUL DESTINATIONS, HOTELS, THINGS AND EXPERIENCES
THE MIDDLE EAST'S NEW TRAVEL MAGAZINE: FOR BEAUTIFUL DESTINATIONS, HOTELS, THINGS AND EXPERIENCES
THE MIDDLE EAST'S NEW TRAVEL MAGAZINE: FOR BEAUTIFUL DESTINATIONS, HOTELS, THINGS AND EXPERIENCES
THE MIDDLE EAST'S NEW TRAVEL MAGAZINE: FOR BEAUTIFUL DESTINATIONS, HOTELS, THINGS AND EXPERIENCES
THE MIDDLE EAST'S NEW TRAVEL MAGAZINE: FOR BEAUTIFUL DESTINATIONS, HOTELS, THINGS AND EXPERIENCES
THE MIDDLE EAST'S NEW TRAVEL MAGAZINE: FOR BEAUTIFUL DESTINATIONS, HOTELS, THINGS AND EXPERIENCES
THE MIDDLE EAST'S NEW TRAVEL MAGAZINE: FOR BEAUTIFUL DESTINATIONS, HOTELS, THINGS AND EXPERIENCES
THE MIDDLE EAST'S NEW TRAVEL MAGAZINE: FOR BEAUTIFUL DESTINATIONS, HOTELS, THINGS AND EXPERIENCESM
THE MIDDLE EAST'S NEW TRAVEL MAGAZINE: FOR BEAUTIFUL DESTINATIONS, HOTELS, THINGS AND EXPERIENCES
THE MIDDLE EAST'S NEW TRAVEL MAGAZINE: FOR BEAUTIFUL DESTINATIONS, HOTELS, THINGS AND EXPERIENCES
THE MIDDLE EAST'S NEW TRAVEL MAGAZINE: FOR BEAUTIFUL DESTINATIONS, HOTELS, THINGS AND EXPERIENCES
THE MIDDLE EAST'S NEW TRAVEL MAGAZINE: FOR BEAUTIFUL DESTINATIONS, HOTELS, THINGS AND EXPERIENCES
THE MIDDLE EAST'S NEW TRAVEL MAGAZINE: FOR BEAUTIFUL DESTINATIONS, HOTELS, THINGS AND EXPERIENCES
THE MIDDLE EAST'S NEW TRAVEL MAGAZINE: FOR BEAUTIFUL DESTINATIONS, HOTELS, THINGS AND EXPERIENCES
THE MIDDLE EAST'S NEW TRAVEL MAGAZINE: FOR BEAUTIFUL DESTINATIONS, HOTELS, THINGS AND EXPERIENCES

Everything You Need To Know About Tsaghkadzor Ski Resort – Armenia’s Up-and-Coming Winter Destination

Nestled among majestic mountains, Tsaghkadzor Ski Resort is fast becoming a popular destination, offering a diverse range of ski experiences for enthusiasts of all levels and affordable accommodation

Athwifa Saleem

2 January 2024

Ski season has begun, and while the world’s jet set flocks to popular destinations in the Alps and Aspen, discerning travellers are seeking out under-the-radar ski destinations. The latest grabbing international attention is Tsaghkadzor ski resort, Armenia – just north of the capital of Yeveran and home to 30km of pistes. Surrounded by majestic mountains, Tsaghkadzor Ski Resort is swiftly gaining popularity, providing a varied range of skiing opportunities for aficionados of all abilities. Armenia, famed for its rich historical legacy, is now establishing its own reputation in the winter sports domain. Featuring a multitude of ski resorts, the country accommodates everyone, from novice skiers to elite competitive athletes. The resorts offer customized lessons for beginners and an abundance of demanding courses for seasoned skiers, making Armenia a perfect destination for those pursuing diverse terrain and thrilling challenges.

For a memorable aerial view over the snow-dusted Azat Reservoir, enjoy exhilarating paragliding, showcase your agility downhill skiing in Tsakhkadzor or Yeghipatrush, cross-country ski in Ashotsk, or tube in Lernanist. Non-skiers can take in the enchanting winter scenery by riding the ski lifts in Yeghipatrush and Tsakhkadzor or visiting the well-preserved 11th-century Kecharis monastery (seen from the sloped).

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Why Tsaghkadzor

Less than an hour from Yerevan, Tsaghkadzor emerges as a winter wonderland, captivating avid skiers and snowboarders alike. The skiing season, stretching from mid-December to the end of March, guarantees a thrilling experience, with the highest skiing point situated on the picturesque Mount Teghenis. Skiiers and snowboarders can enjoy 30km of slopes and seven lifts (with runs for beginners and intermediate), with the winter spots area sprawled over elevations of 1,966 and 2,819 m. The snow is pretty reliable, and, during Soviet times, the resort itself was used to train Armenia’s athletes for the Winter Olympics. There are a few ways to reach Tsaghkadzor from Dubai or Abu Dhabi, depending on your budget and preference for speed and convenience:

Flights:

  • Direct flights: The most straightforward option is to catch a direct flight from Dubai International Airport (DXB) or Abu Dhabi International Airport (AUH) to Yerevan Zvartnots International Airport (EVN). Several airlines, including Flydubai, Air Arabia, and Armenia Airlines, offer direct flights with travel times around 3-4 hours. Once in Yerevan, you can then take a taxi, bus, or shuttle to Tsaghkadzor, which is about a 60-kilometer journey (1-1.5 hours).

Land options:

  • Shuttle bus: Some tour operators offer combined flight and shuttle packages from Dubai or Abu Dhabi to Tsaghkadzor. This can be a convenient option, especially if you are with a group, as it takes care of transportation and border crossings. The journey time can be longer than flying (around 12-16 hours), but it can be more budget-friendly and offers scenic views along the way.
  • Private car: If you’re looking for a flexible and independent option, you can rent a car in Yerevan and drive to Tsaghkadzor. This allows you to stop at other interesting places along the way, such as Lake Sevan but requires navigating unfamiliar roads and border crossings. Make sure to have all the necessary documents and insurance for driving in Armenia.

Where To Stay In Tsaghkadzor

Tsaghkadzor, nestled amidst the snow-capped Caucasus Mountains, offers plenty of great – and affordable – accommodation, with prices much lower than the average ski resort. With a range of accommodations, from cosy guesthouses to well-appointed resorts, choosing your base camp is easy.

Ararat Resort Tsaghkadzor

Ararat Resort Tsaghkadzo is the most premium hotel stay in Tsaghkadzo, with ski-in/ski-out convenience, well-appointed rooms with panoramic mountain views, a spa and gourmet dining.
Doubles from AED 464 per night

Faria Boutique Hotel

For those seeking a touch of boutique charm, the Faria Boutique Hotel is a delightful choice. Step into a world of elegant interiors, crackling fireplaces, and personalised service and savour local delicacies in the cosy restaurant and unwind in the sauna after a day exploring the area.
Doubles from AED 406 per night

Teghenis Resort

Teghenis Resort

Nestled amidst the snow-kissed slopes, Teghenis Resort offers a comfortable hideaway for discerning adventurers. Escape the ordinary in charmingly rustic cottages, each infused with local warmth and modern comforts. After a day exploring powder-packed pistes or sun-kissed meadows, unwind in the resort’s inviting spa, soak in breathtaking mountain panoramas, or sit by the crackling fireplace for lively evenings and Armenian hospitality.
Doubles from AED 326 per night

Where To Eat And Drink In Tsaghkadzor

Tsaghkadzor isn’t just about enjoying slopes and soaking in beautiful scenery. After a day of adventure, your taste buds deserve an equally thrilling experience. Thankfully, this charming Armenian town boasts a diverse culinary scene, ready to delight with local flavours and global surprises. Don’t underestimate the power of local specialities. Sample lavash, the ubiquitous Armenian flatbread, or indulge in gata, a sweet pastry bursting with nuts and honey. Your taste buds will thank you.

Craftsmen’s Tsaghkadzor Restaurant House

Craftsmen’s offers rustic Armenian charm perfect after a day on the slopes. This newcomer has already snagged hearts with its delectable fusion of local and international cuisine. In winter, guests can enjoy a fireplace and savour a hearty Armenian stew paired with a robust local wine.

Yasaman Restaurant

This charmingly rustic restaurant beckons with its authentic Armenian dishes, prepared with fresh local ingredients and served with genuine hospitality. Picture steaming khinkali dumplings, melt-in-your-mouth barbeque, and rich stews, all enjoyed under the glow of a crackling fireplace. After a chilly day exploring the snowy slopes, Yasaman’s warmth will revive your soul.

The Hab’s Pub

When adventure calls for a pint and lively banter, The Hab’s Pub is your answer. This quintessential English-style pub is Tsaghkadzor’s go-to for a taste of home away from home. Sink into comfy booths, indulge in hearty pub fare like fish and chips or shepherd’s pie, and wash it all down with a refreshing beer. Catch the latest game on the big screen, chat with the friendly owner, or simply relax by the fireplace – The Hab’s Pub is the perfect après-ski sanctuary.

Prices At Tsaghkadzor Ski Resort

Tsaghkadzor is one of the most scenic spots to ski in Armenia, with four-star hotels averaging around AED250 a night and ski passes from about AED30 a day. There are plenty of ski companies and tour operators who also work to arrange attractive packages from the UAE, including flights, transfers from Yerevan, accommodation, and ski rental, such as Armenia Travel (with early season deals being as low as US$299 per person for four night’s accommodation, private transfers and ski/equipment hire). Dining out is also very reasonable in Tsaghkadzor ski resort, and eating lunch or dinner in one of the resort’s cosy restaurants will cost about 10,000-15,000 Armenian Drams (about AED80), while a three-course meal in a fine dining restaurant will cost around AMD 30,000 (about AED240).

Things To Consider Before Your Trip

  • Visa: UAE and GCC nationals get a visa on arrival in Armenia.
  • Currency: Armenian Drams
  • Travel insurance: Get travel insurance before your trip to cover any unexpected incidents.
  • Seasonality: Consider the season when planning your trip. For snow sports, winter (December-April) is the best time, while summer offers plenty of hiking and outdoor activities.
  • Budget: Flights are generally the fastest but most expensive option. Shuttles and driving can be more budget-friendly but take longer.

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