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Siberians mark end of the snow season with swimsuit skiing day

By The Siberian Times reporter
06 May 2016

Locals undress to impress at resorts across four time zones.

From Kemerovo region to Pacific Siberians took part in swimsuit skiing day. Picture: Georgy Shishkin

The largest bikini snow show was at Sheregesh, which already holds the world record of 1,835 downhill skiers and boarders wearing swimwear. The Kemerevo region resort probably had more participants this year - an estimated 2,000 - but this was not an official record attempt. 

An end to the ski reason was also marked the same way at Sobolinaya Gora resort in in Irktusk region, close to Lake Baikal. Here hundreds took part but on the Pacific Island of Sakhalin there was a variation on the theme. 






An end to the ski reason was marked at worls famous Sheregesh resort in Kemerovo region and at Sobolinaya Gora resort in in Irktusk region. Pictures: Georgy ShishkinAlexey Shmidt

Here skiers came downhill banya-style, wearing towels or white sheets as if just out of the sauna. Many carried bundles of birch-twigs, traditionally used by Russians to thwack the skin, so improving circulation. 

Experienced skier Sergey Klimov, 54, said: 'I and my friends began to try such downhill runs about 15 years ago. We even skied naked some years.' 

On Sakhalin skiers came downhill banya-style, wearing towels or white sheets as if just out of the sauna. Pictures: Sakhalin-Info

Sakhalin skiing

Sakhalin skiing

Sakhalin skiing

Sakhalin skiing

Sakhalin skiing

Comments (47)

I remember doing that when I was quite a bit younger, up at Loveland Ski Area or Arapahoe Basin here in the Rocky Mountains of Colorado. Your piece brings back fond old memories. Perhaps next year some of you can have fun at the end of your ski season there, and then come to Colorado, as the end of ski season at Arapahoe Basin is generally toward the end of May or in early June, when the younger locals will be acting and dressing just like the young people of Siberia pictured here.
Mark Richardson, Broomfield, Colorado, US
21/07/2016 11:29
It looks like fun, but what is the temperature on this first day of swimsuit skiing at Sheregesh; 4° or 5° C or colder or is it up around 8° to 10° C?? We live in the old California Mother Lode, the old California Gold Country, about 140 km SSW (crow flying - straight line, about 3 hours by car) from Carson City, Nevada. We get about 10 to 20 cm of snow every three or four years. At 1 600 m and straight east of us, there is a ski resort that gets about 200 cm or so of snow each year.
12/05/2016 06:44

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