Type: Backcountry or Sidecountry
Need to Know
All the networks operating in Armenia are always available from the Mount Ara summer resort to the top of mountain. In case of emergency, call 911, a service which is available throughout Armenia.
The best time to visit this area is from January to mid-April. Mount Ara, with its steep, timbered slopes, is located on the borders of the Kotayk and Aragatsotn provinces, 33km north of Yerevan. Besides housing a skiing, biking, and hiking trail, the mountain is also a launching place for paragliding pilots. In the territory of Mount Ara, you’ll most probably come across wolves, gray or yellow foxes and rabbits. You may also meet a bear that has woken early from hibernation.
The ski trail begins on the north of the mountain and descends to the edge of a summer resort. The snow is mostly solid here, but the surface is always melted a few centimeters, which is very favorable for skiing. The descent runs through pine and oak forests, which make for a beautiful combination in the winter. From the top of Mount Ara, you can view the four highest mountains of Armenia: Aragats, Azhdahak, Teghenis 1, and Hatis.