Shahdag Mountain Resort
Shahdag Mountain Resort
4.5
9:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Monday
9:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Tuesday
9:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Wednesday
9:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Thursday
9:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Friday
9:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Saturday
9:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Sunday
9:00 AM - 6:00 PM
About
Discover the wonders of Shahdag, a land of ancient glaciers, majestic valleys, and stunning mountain lakes! Designed with avid outdoor enthusiasts in mind, Shahdag Mountain Resort offers an array of thrilling activities throughout the year. Picture yourself zooming down the slopes, feeling the crisp mountain air on your face as you carve your way through powdery snow. And for those seeking an adrenaline rush of a different kind, don't miss the Shahdag Coaster, an exhilarating roller coaster that takes you on a wild ride through the breathtaking mountain scenery. Shahdag Resort is committed to providing an exceptional experience for visitors of all backgrounds, with a range of activities and facilities to suit every budget and preference. Whether you're indulging in delicious local cuisine, relaxing in comfortable accommodations, or simply taking in the breathtaking views, Shahdag Mountain Resort welcomes you with open arms.
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pafosineipet
Tartu, Estonia55 contributions
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2020
The place is very far from everything. Besides 3 fancy and extremely expensive hotels there is nowhere to stay. No shops, no bars - just restaurant in the hotel with high prices and tasteless food. Absolutely nothing to do in the evening. You feel totally trapped there.
Although the slopes are maintained nicely and lifts are very good - it is almost impossible to ski after midday as the snow melts and becomes extremely watery. In the early morning it is opposite - very icy. The skipass costs a fortune and in a rent (the only one there) they try to charge for every movement. Total dissapointment
Written March 9, 2020
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Vladimir S
London, England, United Kingdom55 contributions
2.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2023
I`ve booked a room for a few days stay more than a month in advance leaving a note to the members of reservations team several times prior to my visit with respect to the room which i want and was ensured (several times) that i will definitely get what i requested for. On my arrival, which to be honest was not a surprise, i had been provided absolutely opposite of what i had been asking for. The member of front desk then confirmed that i will be contacted tomorrow at their earliest convenience with regards to the issue, and i had even left my mobile with them. Unfortunately, which was NOT unexpected to be honest, no one had ever contacted myself afterwards.

To put the long story short, communication between reservations, hotel staff and a visitor shall be improved big time!! The managers seem to be OK, however the rest of the personnel is terrible.

One more thing to mention, everything is 3 maybe 4 times more expensive than in the capital, Baku. So, be ready to spend some cash.
Written August 28, 2023
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Mohamed A
2 contributions
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2024 • Friends
The quality of the food was quite disappointing, with flavors that didn't meet expectations. Furthermore, the blankets provided were noticeably worn, showing signs of wear and tear. In addition, the cleanliness of the room left much to be desired, lacking the meticulous attention to detail one would hope for in a hotel stay.
Written March 3, 2024
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BarbaraVMB
Dubai, United Arab Emirates11 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2017
Some info if you come to Shahdag for a family skiing holiday:
Shahdag Hotel, Pik Palace and Park Chalet are all within 50m of each other midway up the resort area and walking distance from the ski slopes, but only Shahdag Hotel is literally walk-out-of-the-door-and-on-to-the-piste. Both Pik Palace and Shahdag Hotel have ski equipment rental shops with locker space, but if you have kids it might be easier to rent from Shahdag to minimize hauling. Ski equipment is in very good condition and new.
The ski school, located next to the ski shop in the Shahdag hotel, has only a limited number of English speaking instructors, and it might be worth booking in advance. They are a bit inflexible (We wanted to book 3 hour blocks instead of 2 hour of private classes and that proved impossible, for instance) but the hotels are helpful in liaising.
There is a Kids’ Club next to the ski school (6 AZN/2 hrs), which we found handy.
The lifts are excellent, and most allow up as well as down travel, which is useful if you have beginners in your party, as it allows access to pretty much all the slopes including those near the lift base, which is a red piste down from the hotels. All pistes are very well maintained and not too challenging, and certainly when we were there not crowded at all.
For lunch if you want to avoid having to get out of ski gear, there is an Illy Caffe in the Shahdag Hotel, next to the ski school offices, and at the lift base. Standard cafeteria fare (burgers, sandwiches, salads) – I’m hoping they’ll add a nice hot soup next year! There is also a kiosk selling beverages at the top of one of the lifts.
This is an excellent resort to visit with kids/beginners as they have plenty of choice of blue/green slopes and it’s also easy to ski together for a bit. More advanced skiers might be looking for a challenge after a day or so.
Written March 1, 2017
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Ewan N
Houston, TX11 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2016 • Solo
I took a (long) day trip from Baku to Shahdag on New Year's Day. In normal conditions, the drive is supposed to take 3 hours, but it was snowing heavily the whole way and the road conditions were quite tough, even considering the public-spirited grit distributors in each town trying to make the roads safer. It wasn't until we got past Quba that we saw a snow plough in operation, and a jolly god thing too, as the last 30km were the most difficult.

But we arrived safely and the process to collect ski's & boots was well organized - I had booked in advance at the Zirve lift base and they had all the equipment in a locker ready to go upon presentation of my voucher. The staff were very friendly, tolerated my lack of Azeri or Russian, and helped me through the unsurprisingly bureaucratic process of signing for the rental equipment and exchanging it for my passport with the promise to return it to me if I returned their ski's to them.

Lift ticket was also paid in advance and pretty straightforward to exchange my voucher for the smart lift ticket, which I only had to present once, to what appeared to be nightclub bouncers on a day shift, guarding the cordoned-off area at the base - after that, the RFID system worked on all the lifts and I felt like I was in the VIP section all day.

Lifts were all in great condition, and mostly empty. In fact there were probably more people riding up and down the lifts for the experience than there were skiers, but it was quite early on a weekday as well as it being New Year's day, so most of the visitors from Baku hadn't yet arrived.

Most of the runs are blue and while unchallenging, they are fine for occasional skiers, with a couple of red runs that would be fun for intermediates. The signage for the runs was excellent, with far more and far better demarcation of the groomed pistes than I have seen elsewhere in Europe recently. As I was skiing solo and the visibility was limited with the heavy snow and low cloud, I limited my off-piste skiing mostly to the sides of the marked runs, but there looked to be ample opportunity to venture further afield in better conditions. I did see a group of four uniformed skiers hiking up from the top of the gondola and saw them appear at the top of one of the Zirve lifts, so I'm guessing they were ski-patrol having a bit of fun on their lunch hour.

There are a few mountain cafes marked on the map and it took a while before I realized that they were not, in fact, indoor restaurants with warm, cozy fires serving tasty local dishes, but were plastic booths serving coffee and hot dogs. To be fair, I only found one at the top of lift 3, so the others may in fact, be more substantial, though at only two dollars for a coffee and hardly any customers, economic reality dictates that they are probably similarly minimalist.

There was a busy cafeteria down at the Zivre base, which served healthy looking portions and had a plentiful selection of soft drinks and beers and a outside bar that looked like it was getting ready, but I didn't stay for the Apres Ski, erring on the side of caution after experiencing the road on the way up and guessing the continuous heavy snowfall all day would probably not have improved conditions for the drive back. So after returning my skis and being berated for not presenting the correct piece of paper (which I guiltily found a few hours later, but they were kind enough find me in the system with just my name rather than assigned number and to return my passport), headed off for the long drive back to Baku, made even longer by the near continuous stream of Range Rovers, Cayennes, Audi's and Lexi (lexuses?) heading up to the mountain, presumably for the weekend and not just for the hour or so left until the lifts closed.

All in all, the amenities are top-notch, the lifts and staff are all friendly if occasionally a little officious, there are no lines and you have the freedom of the slopes without crazed swarms of five-year olds careering down at terminal velocity. There seem to be plans for possible expansion, which will open up new acreage, but in the meantime, there is plenty of variety for a day trip or even a long weekend and I had a great time. Of course, the six inches of fresh desert-dry powder helped!
Written January 2, 2016
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DUBarcelona
Poblenou, Spain68 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2015 • Friends
Great ski resort. Totally international standards. Slopes were very well prepare and the ski school was also great. Restaurants are nice. Employees do not speak much English. Definitely a place to come back!!!!
Written February 20, 2015
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Vladimir S
Pilsen, Czech Republic82 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2017 • Solo
If the weather is fine, a beginner or an advanced skier can hardly find a better place for skiing in Caucasus Region. Empty slopes even during peak hours on weekends, excellent brand new facilities, several top class restaurants and hotels. Prices are higher then one could expect in Azerbaijan, full-day ski pass is cheap (about 12 EUR). All day parking fee 7 AZN (3.50 EUR). Skiing school, ski servis and ski rental.
Written February 4, 2017
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Shimnik
Delft, The Netherlands7,070 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2016 • Friends
Mountain resort is good for skiing but there are not so many routs, although it is not very popular among locals and tourists, so the pistes are almost empty, so you ski along, which is nice. The Shahdag Hotel offers a spa with hamam, sauna and indoor pool for 30 manats (3 hours), which is a good price. You can have different types of massage for an additional price. Fresh juices are available at the spa's bar. Do not miss tea with white cherry jam!
Written January 7, 2017
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Grafftey
Dubai, United Arab Emirates76 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2019 • Family
A big shout out to Bahruz & Edgar at Tate gondola restaurant at Shahdag resort.. excellent service and an delicious Sharwarma on offer..
Written February 22, 2019
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MuhammadNabeel
Dubai, United Arab Emirates141 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2017 • Friends
Value for money destination with no hassle in reaching this place from Baku, rent a car from Baku Airport and reach here in approx 3 hours. Food, Spa, Ski, Ski school, restaurants, evening lounge, WI Fi, kids activity all available here
Written April 15, 2017
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