Russian Ski Resorts Closed After Terrorist Attacks


A cable tram in working order on Mount Elbrus. Courtesy of Flickr.

A day and a half of terrorist activity at two popular ski resorts on the slopes of Mount Elbrus has brought a temporary end to tourism in the area, according to the Russian news agency RIA Novosti. While anti-terrorist detachments search for the gunmen, government officials are recommending people find another place to vacation.

On Friday, unidentified assailants sprayed a minibus with gunfire, killing three tourists and wounding two. Later that day, a bomb went off at a cable tram station, sending 30 of 45 cable cars crashing to the ground, but injuring no one. On Saturday, police defused three explosive devices at a nearby resort.

The attacks occurred in the Russian North Caucasus Republic of Kabardino-Balkaria. After the collapse of the Soviet Union, the Russian government promoted the area as a skiing destination. Mount Elbrus (18,510 feet) is the highest point in the Caucasus Mountains.

–Will Grant