Dombay, Karachay-Cherkess Republic

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Coordinates: 43°17′24″N 41°37′26″E / 43.29000°N 41.62389°E / 43.29000; 41.62389

View of Dombay from the skiing grounds

Dombay (Russian: Домбай) is an urban locality (a resort settlement) under the administrative jurisdiction of the town of republic significance of Karachayevsk in the Karachay-Cherkess Republic, Russia. Population: 657 (2010 Census);[1] 403 (2002 Census);[2] 1,601 (1989 Census).[3]

The settlement is situated in the Teberdinskiy zapovednik (Teberda Nature Reserve) and is a popular tourist destination. The area attracts people for its skiing and hiking trails and natural beauty of the Caucasus mountains. The settlement is located on the elevation of 1,630 meters (5,350 ft) above sea level, with its skiing area occupying the slopes of Mt Musa Achitara between 1,800 meters (5,900 ft) and 3,200 meters (10,500 ft) above sea level. The highest peak of Dombay area, Dombay-Ulgen is 4,046 meters (13,274 ft). Dombay is surrounded with snow-capped mountains and glaciers all year round.

In 1965, urban-type settlement status was granted to Dombay.

In January 2013, the ski resort made international headlines when a man died from a broken neck and another was seriously injured when a Zorb rolled out of control down a mountain, hitting rocks and eventually coming to a stop a kilometre away on a frozen lake in Dombay.[4][5] The incident was caught on camera and uploaded to the Internet.[6][7] After the incident made international headlines, Russian authorities called for tougher safety laws.[8]


  1. ^ Russian Federal State Statistics Service (2011). "Всероссийская перепись населения 2010 года. Том 1" [2010 All-Russian Population Census, vol. 1]. Всероссийская перепись населения 2010 года (2010 All-Russia Population Census) (in Russian). Federal State Statistics Service. Retrieved June 29, 2012. 
  2. ^ Russian Federal State Statistics Service (May 21, 2004). "Численность населения России, субъектов Российской Федерации в составе федеральных округов, районов, городских поселений, сельских населённых пунктов – районных центров и сельских населённых пунктов с населением 3 тысячи и более человек" [Population of Russia, Its Federal Districts, Federal Subjects, Districts, Urban Localities, Rural Localities—Administrative Centers, and Rural Localities with Population of Over 3,000] (XLS). Всероссийская перепись населения 2002 года [All-Russia Population Census of 2002] (in Russian). Retrieved August 9, 2014. 
  3. ^ Demoscope Weekly (1989). "Всесоюзная перепись населения 1989 г. Численность наличного населения союзных и автономных республик, автономных областей и округов, краёв, областей, районов, городских поселений и сёл-райцентров" [All Union Population Census of 1989: Present Population of Union and Autonomous Republics, Autonomous Oblasts and Okrugs, Krais, Oblasts, Districts, Urban Settlements, and Villages Serving as District Administrative Centers]. Всесоюзная перепись населения 1989 года[All-Union Population Census of 1989] (in Russian). Институт демографии Национального исследовательского университета: Высшая школа экономики [Institute of Demography at the National Research University: Higher School of Economics]. Retrieved August 9, 2014. 
  4. ^ "Fatal Zorb accident at ski resort". 3 News NZ. January 9, 2013. 
  5. ^ "Man in Plastic Ball Dies on Russian Ski Slope". New York Times. January 11, 2013. 
  6. ^ "VIDEO: Zorb death at Russian ski resort". 3 News NZ. January 9, 2013. 
  7. ^ "Rus'Zorbing' Death Brings Call For Safety Rules; Fatal Ride Captured On Video". NPR. January 9, 2013. 
  8. ^ "Russia probes Zorb death". 3 News NZ. January 10, 2013.