Kirovsk – hotels in Bolshoy Vudyavr ski resort, Russia

In 1934, a small town in the Murmansk region Khibinsk was renamed Kirovsk. It is located at the foot of the Kukisvumchorr mountain range. Today there is a developing ski resort Big Vudyavr. Ski equipment rental, hotels, restaurants, entertainment complexes, ski pass sales points and excursions to local attractions are available.

Resort Features

The city itself is located at an altitude of 368 m above sea level. This is the southern outskirts of the Khibiny mountain range, consisting of the Aikuayvenchorr mountains (the southern and northern slopes are involved) and Kukisvumchorr (the southern slope). Skiers choose hotels near their favorite skiing spot. The season lasts from mid-November to mid-May.

According to the complexity of the routes are distributed as follows:

  • green – one track for 100 meters near the ski school;
  • 11 blue tracks;
  • 6 red;
  • 6 black.

The resort is served by 8 lifts: rope-towing, chairlift, combined gondola-chairlift and ribbon. Every year there is a festival of freeride, all-Russian competitions in alpine skiing. The surrounding area was also chosen by backcountry and paragliders.

Among the cultural sites worth visiting:

  • geological and historical museums, as well as the house-library of Venedikt Erofeev;
  • Polar Botanical Garden-Institute;
  • snow village complex (built annually since 2008);
  • memorial of the Khibiny mountain station “Tietta”.

In the city there is the northernmost female Orthodox monastery – Khibynogorsk. The sisters settled here in 2005.

Residence

The Khibiny has long been eyeed not only by athletes, but also by filmmakers. Thanks to the unusual northern landscape of the Kola Peninsula, the semi-annual solstice (the area is located beyond the Arctic Circle), photographers, documentarians, and feature film crews like to come here. Hotels welcome guests throughout the year. Prices can not be called low, but in the conditions of the North they are quite acceptable.

Severnaya Hotel

Located on the main street of Kirovsk, the hotel offers accommodation in 87 rooms. All have a bathroom, the interior is traditional with the usual set of furniture for hotels. In the morning, a Buffet breakfast is served. The hotel offers a gym, swimming pool, spa, ski storage room. Services are included in the payment of accommodation. The Bolshoy Woodyavr Entertainment Centre is a short walk away. The nearest ski lift is K6 Ski Lift, 1.6 km away. A ski bus stops outside the hotel. In your spare time, you can walk to Verkhneye Lake. Its picturesque coast will appeal to nature lovers.

“A hotel with a claim to top class service. Breakfast can be served with champagne, prices in the restaurant, as in Moscow. Otherwise, it is quite a comfortable hotel. Located in the city center, near the main entertainment venues. There are no problems to get to the slopes – even by public transport, even by car. The staff is polite, it feels like they were trained” Ivan, Russia

All hotels in Kirovsk provide Wi-Fi, the service is included in the payment. About its bandwidth, connection speed, you can find out when booking rooms or apartments.

 

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Pik Hotel

200 meters from the ski lift “Big Woodyavr” is a mini-hotel “Peak”. Single, double, superior rooms, junior suites and suites are offered for accommodation. All beds have orthopedic mattresses. Breakfast is included in the room rate. The hotel is the only one in Kirovsk equipped with a Finnish sauna. In addition to it, guests can enjoy: rental and storage room for ski equipment, organization of reindeer and dog sledding, snowmobiles, ski instructor services, fishing on Lake Imandra. A shuttle service to the train station and airport is available for a fee.

“Nice hotel with a nice view. Breakfast without frills, the very thing before sports loads. Sauna is available for a fee and by appointment. Close to restaurants, cafes and supermarkets» Natalia, Russia

 

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Holiday house

Hotel complex “Holiday house” consists of two-storey cottages with 4-5 bedrooms, a common seating area, a kitchen, a ski storage. In the yard there is a mangal area. Accessories are available at the request of guests. Pets are allowed here. The hotel is chosen by large companies that come not only to go skiing, but also just to have a good weekend. The nearest ski lift is K5 Ski Lift, 5 km away. Parking for guests is free.

“Great holiday home with company in Khibiny. All are placed without problems, the owners will help with the organization of kebabs and warm up the sauna. The mountain is a 5-minute drive away. Good rest at affordable means» Igor, Russia

 

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Apartaments On Olimpiyskaya 87

The owners offer a choice of three comfortable apartmentslocated in a multi-storey building. BigWood North Slope is 400 metres from the entrance. The apartments have all the necessary accessories, appliances, bed linen. Parking in the yard is free. It offers views of Mount Aikuanvenchor.

“Friendly and helpful hostess Elena. It receives guests when it is convenient for them, and not at a set time. The kitchen has everything you need for cooking – spices, sugar, salt, oil, dry ingredients, etc. Washing machine for laundry also with detergent. There is a special heater for drying ski boots. Within walking distance of the main slope of the Big Vudyavr” Urmas, Estonia

 

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2-room apartment on the Olympic Winter-Summer

Two two-room comfortable apartments are located on the 1st floor of an apartment building. The owners position the apartmentsas a convenient location for recreation in both winter and summer. They provide a shuttle service to the most interesting objects of local attractions. Within walking distance from the apartments there are three lifts: K6, K7 and K8 Ski Lift, but the owners can take guests to any other mountain elevator. Upon prior request, they can arrange trips to the Ethnic Village, the Snow Village, the Mysterious Forest. In summer, they offer routes along the Khibiny, to the amethyst coast, to Varzuga. They will deliver guests and their luggage from/to the railway station in Apatity absolutely free of charge.

“The hosts are just a find for those who come to the Khibiny for the first time. They meet at the station, conduct car tours, suggest where there are interesting descents. The apartment is clean, spacious, a full set of household appliances, dishes, everyday accessories. Owners Eugene and Natalia are always in touch. It’s nice” Yuri, Russia

 

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Hostel Kirovskred

An option for those who are not looking for special amenities, but came just to go skiing. For accommodation there are places in two, four, eight local rooms with a common kitchen and a bathroom. Separate apartments with 2 and 3 bedrooms are available. In common use there is a laundry room, a billiard room, a living room with a kitchen, a room for fitness and other activities. The Bolshoy Vudyavr entertainment complex with a nightclub and café is 400 metres away. The nearest ski lift is 1.9 km away.

“Cheap and acceptable quality accommodation. Pyaterochka is open nearby. The ski and snowboard rack is right in the room. The staff is adequate. Always help to solve any issues. The main contingent is students and athletes. Everyone comes to ride and nothing more” Vladimir, Russia

 

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Cozy 2-bedroom apartment near the slope

The hostess offers comfortable apartments with a kitchen, bathroom, a full set of household appliances and utensils. The K6 Ski Lift is 1 km away. You can’t with animals. Within walking distance – entertainment infrastructure of the city, restaurants, shops, museum. A public bath is nearby. Parking on the street.

“The apartment is on the northern slope of the mountain. It is convenient and the lift can be reached on foot in 10-15 minutes. Clean, cozy, quiet. A good option for quiet companies. Understanding neighbors, friendly hostess.” Vitaly, Russia

 

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New 4-room apartment by the mountain BIG WOOD

The 4-bedroom apartment can accommodate up to 10 people. The apartment has new modern furniture, renovated, has the necessary appliances. The kitchen and bathroom are common areas. In the corridor there is a ski rack and a boot dryer. The hostess is far from a beginner in the field of hospitality. Bed linen and towels are provided. The location of the apartments is convenient – 400 meters to the nearest ski lift K6, on the way there are 2 supermarkets (Pyaterochka and Euroros), as well as 2 restaurants Boho bar and Gamarjoba. Parking is free on the street.

“Nice place. Brand new apartment, clean. The room is spacious, the sofas are comfortable. The kitchen has everything, including the dishwasher. Large hallway. There is where to put skis and where to dry a suit with shoes” George, Russia

 

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Comfortable apartment near the slope

Studio apartment with all amenities is located 900 meters from the GLK Big Woodyavr. The third floor, without a balcony, is rented only to non-smoking guests. Not far from the apartments there is a restaurant of Georgian cuisine, grocery stores, shopping center Olympus.

“The landlord is a real connoisseur of local tourist and walking routes. He will always advise where it is better to ride and where to go to relax in the evenings. He can even show photos, as he himself shoots local beauties. The apartment has everything you need to milk your stay. There is enough space for two, if you wish, you can accommodate another person” Maria, Russia

 

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Apartments on Olimpiyskaya

The owner offers one- and two-room apartments 300 meters from the K6 ski lift, opposite the Colasportland slope. He studied and trained in Norway, he is engaged in skiing, so he knows exactly what conditions and amenities tourists prefer. Guests are accommodated in apartments with good Internet connection, equipped with the necessary appliances with their own kitchens and bathrooms. It offers views of the Khibiny. On request, the owner can arrange a shuttle service to Kukisvumchoor, 6 km away.

“In general, I liked the location of the apartment, and accommodation in it, and the owner Vladimir. Very hospitable and caring person. Immediately you feel that he was engaged in this business for a reason, but in the interests of vacationers. There is nothing superfluous in the apartment, it is very warm (which is important for those engaged in winter sports), every detail of the interior and the presence of household items is thought out to the smallest detail. We will be glad to use the services of these apartments repeatedly» Nadezhda, Russia

 

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Apartment Shale

Duplex three-bedroom apartment is located half a kilometer from the ski resort Bigwood Bigwood Wudyavr. Guests have access to a common seating area, a kitchen, a drying cabinet for clothes and shoes, and a bathroom in each room. The house is located at the foot of the mountain. It was built in the 30s of the last century (reconstruction was carried out). Outwardly, it looks more like Stalin’s buildings than a mountain chalet. But the owner decided to decorate the interior in the colors of Alpine hotels. Natural wood and stone, decorative elements from hunting trophies and objects of peasant life are used in the decoration. The owner meets all his guests at the station personally. He is an avid traveler and knows the surrounding tourist places. Will always be happy to tell you where to walk and relax.

“We stayed in the apartment on the recommendation of friends. Quiet, secluded place, nice neighbors, the ski lift can be reached on foot. Even there is a sense of romance from the design of the apartment itself. Especially pleased with the private bathroom in each room. When renting ordinary apartments, you have to wait for your turn to wash yourself” Irina, Russia

 

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Hotels in Kirovsk continue to be built and developed. To date, the best option for skiers is the mini-hotel “Peak”. Breakfast is served here, the ski lift is 300 metres away and offers views of the city and mountains. The owners are trying to bring the service to the European level. A real Finnish sauna has already been built, in the project – other areas for relaxation and recreation.

Alina Abramova

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