Welcome to Laza & Shahdag Ski Area
On a clear day, as you drive west from Qusar (13km north of Quba), the noble bulk of Şahdağ (4243m) is visible for miles ahead on a clear day. It looks especially impressive when viewed from near the historic village of Əniğ with its distinctively metal-domed old mosque. Around 10km later, just after Aladaş, is Azerbaijan's foremost ski resort with seasonal cable cars, ultraluxurious hotels and gourmet restaurants. Some 5km further via a much rougher road is the contrastingly modest Laza, which has what is arguably the most spectacular setting of any village in Azerbaijan.
Just beyond Laza, exploration is hindered by the strict visiting requirements of Shahdag National Park, but with permits the hiking and mountaineering is superb.