Introducing Krasnaya Polyana
A scenic road passing through a deep, narrow canyon leads up from Adler to Krasnaya Polyana (Red Valley), Russia's newly built ski mecca that hosted the 2014 Winter Olympics ski events. The scenery here is simply spectacular, with snow-capped mountains looming above three world-class ski resorts containing kilometres of high-quality pistes. A new high-speed train service from Sochi via Adler makes getting to the area easier than ever.
The undoubted jewel in the Olympic crown here is the Roza Khutor Alpine Resort, which hosted downhill skiing events at the Winter Games and today offers world-class skiing and snowboarding. Popular with day trippers from Sochi, it's the best place to stay if you just want to check out the spectacular scenery.
The Gornaya Karusel resort staged the ski-jumping events, while Gazprom’s elaborate Grand Hotel Polyana complex sits on Psekhako Ridge. It's popular with a wealthier, older crowd.
As for Krasnaya Polyana itself, this sleepy mountain village has retained a certain tranquillity, despite the arrival of new hotels and restaurants backed by cash-seeking developers.
Krasnaya Polyana is approximately 40km east of Adler along the Mzymta River.