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By The Siberian Times reporter
16 April 2018

Antidote to gloomy news in the world as 1,525 wear swimsuits for annual Siberian snow festival.

Rodion Kirpichikov: explained: ‘Emotions are overflowing. Thanks to all for this insane trip'

Skiers and snowboarders from around the world marked the end of the 2017-18 winter season under the sun in top ski resort  Sheregesh.

The news has been grim lately but Siberians joined by guests from many counties cast off the gloom for the annual ‘naked’ descent. 

Wearing bikinis and bathing shorts a total of 1,525 claimed a new Russian record for the daring downhill escapade - in a temperature of around 5C.

In fact, more have taken part in this GrelkaFest event in the past, but  not during an official record attempt. 

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Grelka 2018


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Grelka 2018

Wearing bikinis and bathing shorts a total of 1,525 claimed a new Russian record for the daring downhill escapade - in a temperature of around 5C.

Stanislav Konenko, editor of the Russian Book of Records, approved the new record. 

'I am often asked which record is the most interesting,' he said. 

‘I always say that this is the coolest record. 

‘It's very pleasant to be here, always a really positive atmosphere. 

‘Preparation for the record is always at a high level. 

‘There were no gross violations of the rules for setting the record. 

‘All issues were resolved on the spot.' 

Kristina Tikhomorovai


Irina Komarova

Participants Kristina Tikhomirova and Irina Komarova.

Last year 1,496 people took part - this year some 1,525. 

The main prize was awarded to a participant named Carolina, who came to Sheregesh all the way from Uganda.

Others flew in from Sweden and Canada. 

People also flocked here from all over Russia. 

One participant Kristina Tikhomirova said: ‘I was told that Siberian girls are the craziest and most fearless - and they are completely right.

‘It was an explosive day.

‘The weather was super, the people are cheerful, so, if you were not here, you lost a lot!’

Anna Bykova


Vitalina Korsun

Participants Anna Bykova (first from the left) and Vitalina Korsun. 

Rodion Kirpichikov: explained: ‘Emotions are overflowing.  The sun is like Thailand, the snow is like the Alps, the party is like Ibiza.

‘Thanks to all for this insane trip.'

Tatiana Makarova: We did it!!!! In a moment, we set a record for Russia! 1525 brave people, despite the frost, descended from the mountain in swimsuits.

Irina Komarova said: ‘There’s a carefree atmosphere of overwhelming joy so much that you don’t want to return to usual things.’

‘This is Grelkafest babe, this is Sheregesh! 

‘Beautiful scenery of nature, descents in bathing suits and it seems endless parties and nights.

‘Why such photos? Yes, because there are no prohibitions.’

Grelka 2018


Grelka 2018


Grelka 2018


Grelka 2018

There’s a carefree atmosphere of overwhelming joy so much that you don’t want to return to usual things.

Anna Bykova said: ‘We were 1,525. We did it. A new record!!!’

Kristina said ‘the sun is smiling’ as ‘we close the season’ 2017-18.

‘Everything was cool, fun.'

Vitalina Korsun said: ‘It's great to be a part of the record, especially such an event as descent in swimsuits.

‘You meet a lot of cool people, all are very positive and so cheerful.

‘I adore you Sheregesh!’

 Grelka 2018


Grelka 2018


Grelka 2018


Grelka 2018


Grelka 2018


Grelka 2018

‘We were 1,525. We did it. A new record!!!’

Aside from the downhill record, there were ski-jumping and snowboarding competitions, a beauty contest, and concerts. 

Sheregesh, in Kemerovo region, is Siberia's most developed downhill skiing resort, located in the Gornaia Shoria region of the Altai mountain range.

Originally constructed as a mining settlement, in Stalinist times there was a local Gulag nearby. 

Its 12,000 inmates built the local railway line.

Comments (2)

Beautiful young folks enjoying the slopes in spectacular form and fashion...makes me wish I were twenty-seven years old again instead of seventy-seven that I am. God Bless them all.
Ozzie Finley, West Virginia, United States
17/04/2018 20:03
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no drugs, no drunks, no fights, just fun!? must have been a great palce indeed. or do you show only the nice sides?
Benedikt MORAK, Moscow
17/04/2018 09:05
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