Winter is always the best season for skiing and playing snow balls. Perhaps, the most beautiful one to spending the christmas and holidays. There are a lot of places around Armenia, not only in Yerevan where lights are shining like stars, to get this out from our bucket list.
1. The ski resort.
The most heard of all is Tsaghkadzor, a ski resort and spa town located in the Kotayk Province of Armenia. The resort is only opened for guests during winters and half way to the end of spring, normally up to the end of April each year. It was very fortunate that we still had the chance to come over and experience the cable trend! Ski, on the other hand, was not made available as the ground is almost dry.
Last admission to the resort is at 5.00 pm. And you really can’t believe it, we arrived few minutes before cut off. Big thanks to our tour driver, Kamu (We are not sure of the spelling but we guessed we heard his name correctly), for making it to the gold!
2. The ropeway.
Very similar to Singapore’s skyride in Sentosa is the ropeway in the resort which is considered to be one of Armenia’s pride. This 2-seater open cable car doesn’t have secured and locked-in belts but a handle bar which has to be pulled down by you.
Please do keep in mind that it is the way it is. Pull down the handle bar so you can have something to hold on while on the ropeway up. It is strange but nobody will tell you about it. And even if they do, they speak Armenian. So better be safe than sorry! Two of our new-found friends who get the ride ahead of us were not able to pull it down. So they had the whole way up without this! Can you imagine if they fall?
The ropeway cost us AMD 2,000 (USD 4.14 or AED 15.63) each.
3. The panoramic view.
Since the snow is beginning to melt by the time we took the ride, the mountains looked like cookies n’ cream flavored ice cream! Some parts were already dried up. It was awesome!
The ropeway allows us to see a vast area of the resort, including mountains and plains, that stretches to over half of it. The picturesque background plus the magnificent beauty of nature is key to our overcoming fear of heights.
4. The snow.
There was a wintry feel up there, when we reached the top. When we get down from the cable car, we saw the ground covered with white shining flakes. Though beautiful, the snow was cold and sharp. It gets through ur skin even if we already had our winter jackets on.
5. The bonding.
We had fun until it lasted. Since we get there late, we were only given 15 minutes to enjoy the mini winter wonderland on top of the mountains. To maximize our time, each one has decided to have his own mandatory selfie pose before we actually came up with a groupie! Our trip to Tsaghkadzor is one of the best free-spirited moments of our lifetime!
Back to the base, we rode the open cable once again. That was the end of our activity for the day. So we headed back to the hostel. Since Tsaghkadzor is a few hours drive from Yerevan, we were able to grab some sleep during transit.