The most pleasant region for winter activities in Ukraine for sure is the Carpathians. Local ski resorts offer good-quality lifts, a variety of descents, affordable prices and magnificent nature. Combined with the generous hospitality of residents, their bizarre traditions and colouring, everyone will make many unforgettable memories.
Bukovel is the favourite place of Ukrainians, thus not the cheapest one. Every year it greets more and more foreign tourists and surprises them with its neat wooden cottages and multitude of trails and lifts. The resort is located on three mountains – Bukovel, Dovga and Chorna Kleva. Most of the trails are illuminated so that inveterate riders can ski in the evening. The season in Bukovel starts in November and ends in mid-April. The infrastructure of the place numbers dozens of cafés and restaurants, chalets and hotels to stay in, and such winter attractions as an artificial lake for ice-skating lovers.
Bukovel, Ivano-Frankivs’ka oblast, Ukraine, +380 34 259 55 46
Recently, Drahobrat became a fair competitor to Bukovel, as it offers not only equipped trails but also freeride ones. Being a hidden gem of the Carpathians, it is the highest mountain ski resort, located at a height of 1,400 meters (4,593 feet). It is a perfect place for skiers and snowboarders with any skill level, whether beginners or professionals. Drahobrat is located far from any settlements, therefore a lesser flow of tourists gives an opportunity to enjoy the beauty of the mountains.
Drahobrat, Zakarpats’ka oblast, Ukraine, +380 98 850 69 69
Slavske is located on the top of Mount Trostian – 1,232 meters (4,041 feet), which is known for the most interesting and extreme descents in Ukraine. In the 19th-century, it was a small original village, but later Slavske was built-up with hotels and cottages. Now it is always crowded there, as many Lviv residents come to Slavske to spend the weekend and enjoy the amazing scenery. It starts snowing quite early in the area, so tourists can go there for winter sports from November to May.
Izky is located 12 miles (20 km) from the Transcarpathian village of Mezhyhirya, at the foot of Mount Magura. The place is famous as an eco and health resort with a wide range of hotels, restaurants of Ukrainian and Galician cuisine, ski lifts and slopes. One of the advantages of Izky is the proximity of the settlement to the trails – the distance is hardly 50 meters (164 feet). The system of artificial snowmaking is constantly operating there. The trails are smooth and suitable for beginners.
Izky, Zakarpats’ka oblast, Ukraine, +380 97 883 33 33
Play is a relatively new resort, that has just started to expand at a fast pace. It has a well-developed leisure infrastructure, modern hotels and an entertainment complex. The highest point of the lift is at an altitude of 1,060 meters (3,477 feet), from where one can observe an incredibly beautiful panorama. The area at the top of the trail has several steep slopes, which later become low-pitched. Therefore, Play is great not only for advanced skiing but also for training. People often come to the resort with children, as there are playgrounds, snow-tubing, baby-lifts and sledging.
Plav’ya, Lviv Oblast, Ukraine, +380 67 700 77 11
Due to the rather gentle and picturesque descents, this resort has long been admired by many skiers and snowboarders. Pylypets can boast the longest trails in Ukraine – up to 2.5 miles (4 km) long and is usually called a heaven for freeriders. Fans of natural attractions will be amazed by one of the most beautiful waterfalls of the Carpathians – Shypit, which does not freeze even in winter. You can also climb up one of the peaks of the local mountains (Stop, Gemba, Magura) and marvel the magnificent view.