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The summit of Elbrus can be seen for miles around from different parts of the Caucasus region. Both East (5621m) and West (5642m) summits are permanently covered with snow.
The program was designed to give a chance for ski fans to ascent the highest summit of Europe - Mt Elbrus and then ski all the way down with more than 2000m altitude differences.
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Elbrus has two summits. The West Summit is the highest: 5642m, the East Summit is just a bit lower: 5621m.
The local (Balkarian) name: 'Mingi-Tau' means: 'Resembling a thousand mountains'.
First ascent of the East Summit (5621m): 1829. First ascent of the West Summit (5642m): 1874. In 1967 the Soviet government organized a mass climbing and about 2500 people participated; although most of them had never seen a mountain up close before...
There is a cable car running: it starts at 2200m in Azau, the first stop is Stary Krugozor, 3000m; the second stop is Mir station, 3500m. From Mir a chairlift can take you up to 3750m.