There are a lot of criteria after which tourists elect
a that or other mountain-skier resort. Slopes, lifts, prices, service, comfort
of entrance, image et cetera. That to put at the first place, everybody decides
independently. On a question to «What exactly Dragobrat?» two young skiers
which near self-control sipped hot wine from plastic glasses answered shortly:
«Because here class!» The zealous lovers of mountain pattens going on
Dragobrati, probably, not only, that it is good to drive and rest. This place
has the aura. There is feeling, that here all of acquaintances. Simply all the
same some «dragobrativske fraternity». Even those, who arrived in the first
time, become it quickly. Mainly is sincere fascination by a mountain-skiing,
and other - it is important not so.
On a mountain
is to the natural boundary of Dragobrat with two transplantations and extreme
finish, does not tire in spite of everything. The most interesting area of road
is begun with the settlement of Yasinya, from the so-called «exchange». There
passengers are expected by the local drivers of auto - UAZ-469 and GAS-66.
Maybe, such strong machines and a few brands of modern jeeps are able in winter
to overcome this route only, and with the obligatory condition of the proper
experience of driver. It is otherwise better in general not to try. To order
UAZ (four passengers) costs 100 hryvnyas, and GAS (8-10 passengers) - twice as
Distance from a «exchange» to self-controls makes 16 kilometres
somewhere: half - by a route in the side of Rakhova, then to the right and
eight kilometres of truthful mountain avtoekstrimu. Although usually tourists exaggerate something the impressions from
this journey. In any event the special danger not felt. Probably, all depends
on a driver.
Our was called Ivan (on local - Yonchi), he asserted that rode this road
right through life, and, obviously, told the truth. Ivan led the of almost
thirty years «uazikom» confidently, even
merrily, had time to answer journalistic questions and banter with a passenger
business, here once or twice very well hid our auto from a meeting machine in a
«pocket» (short dead-locked branch).
A road is narrow, cleaned out a tractor, from one side is an or
two-meter wall of snow, or precipice with trees on a slope and semifrozen
stream down. For 40 minutes of journey we had time to discuss almost all of
aspects of heavy life of drivers and journalists in Ukraine, to admire
landscape and to shake down something easy breakfast. Speaking, must were perekrikuvati a motor. A driver told, that
after every season he «sorts» out an auto almost fully. Therefore from a that
machine, that in 1977 year drove out from a factory, now there is only a
basket. But an auto rides, and rides well.
By a road all more frequent - both on the left or business - there were
snow-bound private hotels. We approached a purpose. Finally - «you are welcomed
by Dragobrat!» Thank Ivan and him to the immortal jeep. By us a small (years
six) girl flies on pattens quite, steeply opened out and stopped at the wall of
the nearest cottage.
Tale of woe
once there are two brothers-Gemini in
Carpathians. Names folk translations did not save them, and here history of
love was converted into beautiful legend. As it is in parallel instances,
fellows came to love one girl. To choose fiance a guzul decided with the help
of original tender is who the first from brothers will bring it an edelweiss
(on local «silk kosicyu»), that will become
her husband. And this flower - presently added to the Red book, in Carpathians
meets very rarely - grows on rocks, and that to blow off it, it is needed to
risk life. In love boys rushed racing one another and broke away in an abyss.
After some time settlement society is disturbed absence of brothers
appealed to the local police with a request about searches. Three gendarmes
went out into mountains and ...petrified on approaches to one of tops. Talk,
that as only Gemini perished on rocks, this place became charmed. Vain guzul,
when knew brothers about death, long cried and died of grief. Very tale of woe.
Since then a comfortable natural boundary, pidkovopodibna cavity between mountains, has
the name of Dragobrat. Two mountains alongside - Bliznici (Small and Large,
1778 and 1883 meters). On a way to to more high from tops tourists pass a spine
through Gendarmes (three humps with rocky precipices). The lake of Ivor is
there located - the tears of unencouraging beautiful woman are poured out.
Main advantage of this mountain-skier resort is that in winter snow
always lies here. From December and, at least, to the middle of May it is
possible to go for a drive on pattens. Natural terms are instrumental in it: visokogir’ya (1400 meters) and mountains
which close a natural boundary and create a microclimate. Flying this mestome,
a duty careless cloud is necessarily caught for surrounding tops and stopped
above a «horseshoe». Hangs so, while will not give all of snow. Although George
Bidniy, director of tourist complex «Dragobrat», explains this phenomenon
little different - by a hole in sky. Such ordinary hole in which snow` falls
and a sun peeps itself.
Certainly, tourists knew such place since olden times. As early as the
first half of the XX century in Zakarpatti there was a network of tourist
refuges which stood on pedestrian routes. But mountain-skier self-controls then
were not yet put. Old refuges were destroyed by wars, time and human
negligence. At soviet power on Dragobrati built the so-called avalanche
laboratory - wooden cottage «without comforts», where professorship MGU and
various chiefs arrived to rest from labours state. A rope road worked there. In
1991 year, building burned out - the frozen solid on a cruel frost, a tree
loses moisture and burns, as a match. For the origin of fire it is enough
carelessly to behave owners in the way of life.
Tourism. Vidpochinok','');>Основний development of mountain-skiing and
tourism began on Dragobrati in 1993 years. George is the Poor, former sportsman
and trainer, with experience in Tadjikistan, on Caucasus and Ural, and a few
his friends decided to mount here decent self-control and to build an apartment
for tourists. Did major repairs of old «kanatki» from which supports left only, put two cottages. Through the pair of
years brought from Italy another bugel'niy drew out. Consequently, main for mountain-skier tourism are lifts and
slopes - was already. And then the mass began and something chaotic building of
infrastructure. But may need a few years publicity «untwisting», that from 2000
year of Dragobrat became indeed popular among tourists.
Today a resort can accept approximately 1000 tourists-skiers
simultaneously. Over two ten of riznoformatnikh hotels is built in a natural boundary. Two work bugel'nikh self-controls (for 1000 meters) and «tarilochniy» (700 meters) on a mountain Stack (1707 meters), and
also бебі-ліфт (230 meters) on a
«educational» slope. Below tourist complex the first is located on the way and naystarsha (now repaired) local building is refuge with the that
name of «Dragobrat». Near him there is another self-control long 450 meters.
From 2006th started a lift and from a very new hotel «Oasis», that under
Not because of problems of business, heavy delivery of building
materials, products and all that, persistent zakarpatski owners build new cottages and farmsteads every
summer. Recently businessmen and firms which are engaged in tourism on Dragobrati
united in Association. According to its president Peter Grapenyuka, there are
some «undockings» with power, there is a question in relation to genplanu of building of natural boundary, ecology - and
fighting more easily together. Aktual'noy is a problem of road. This year on
its repair selected one and a half million hryvnyas from a budget. A road over
was a bit brought to the order, but it not enough. The firm «Alpenbau» known in Europe suggested on concession terms to
make a decent route out of extreme serpentine, but not able to agree with
May - on a ski!
tourists on Dragobrat ride mass, especially on
New Year and on an end a season. There are here foreigners. A middle annual
work-load is 70 percents. A hour» of «rushes is winter holidays (on December,
29 - on January, 12), student vacations (first half of February), all of uik-endi, second half of April and beginning of May, when
already almost nowhere there is snow. Usually already to October all of places
buy turfirmi back of the
Ukrainian cities. Prices: 190-270 hryvnyas for days, depending on a place and
service. Getting up on a route is four hryvnyas. It is possible to take
subscription, then will go out more cheap. A rental of equipment is 50-70
hryvnyas, services of instructor - 50 hryvnyas also. Every morning ratraki work on slopes. Routes do not light up - the nightly
rolling is here considered dangerous. Osnizhennya unnecessary - snow is enough.
Unfortunately, at the end of December through the disrepair of flue
burned out to foundation two-storeyed adminbudinok (people did not suffer). There was a rental, administrator, shop, bar, diskozal. Corps, built in 2004 years, a year stood only. It Is
sorry, certainly, but guidance of complex reported that would not arise up for
the guests of inconveniences. By the way, popular among the skiers of
«Kuryatnyu» is a wooden cottage near the lower station of self-control, where sell
hot wine and various appetizers, - a fire did not hook.
From 1 to May, 9 of Dragobrat closes a mountain-skier season: by
festivals, yellow sun and white snow, competitions of sportsmen, amateurs and
veterans, shows-programs and appearances of stars of Ukrainian music. Then here
zealous skiers go down not simply, but good acquaintances which a long ago was
not seen - azh from December.