Krasnaya Poliana is an unlikely looking boomtown, but that's exactly what it is. It's at the frontline of the transition from communism to capitalism that is taking place right across this huge continent and, with nearby Sochi hosting the 2014 Winter Olympics, is set to explode in the next few years. At the moment, it combines an edgy, frontier feel with an antiquated lift system that accesses some incredible terrain.
Pros

One of the best freeriding resorts in the world.

Plenty of trees for flat light riding.

Great heliskiing facilities.

Cons

Not a resort for beginners or intermediates.

Antiquated lift system means big queues.

Very susceptible to bad weather due to its proximity to the Black Sea.

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