Ropes are a popular outdoor activity, and there are several adventure parks in Moscow and close to the city. However, very few of such parks function in winter. One of these few is “The Panda Park” at Meshchersky Park near Moscow, just outside the city limits. The platforms and obstacles are installed in the trees. To try winter ropes, one has to be as agile as a squirrel. Moreover, being there at that height, you can see what the squirrels see in winter.
There are eight trails in Meshchersky Park. They are installed at different heights, have different obstacles and are divided into three difficulty levels including the challenging level “Black trail”. Actually, in winter, all the levels become more difficult because the bridges are covered with snow, and you feel more clumsy in warm clothes. Comparatively, a zip-line is a resting place. However, you can confidently use the required arts of climbing, balancing and holding. A continuous belay system on cable makes this adventure safe.
Although the winter ropes are more challenging than the summer ones, it has its own advantages. Winter forest with tall snow-covered fir-trees looks very beautiful. The air is cool and immensely fresh. You will not feel hot and waste time in a queue, while in summer one can wait in a queue to enter “The Panda Park” for 30–40 minutes. “The Panda Park” offers its visitors special winter prices. Only in winter ‘a day ticket’ is available, which allows to follow any trails you like an unlimited number of times.
Meshchersky Park is quite big. Its square is about 5 sq. km. In the 16–17th centuries, this natural forest was a place for royal hunting, and now it is the best place for sports activities. The five kilometers long ring and four more of ski-runs across the park are specially prepared for both classic and skate skiing, as well as for ski marathons. The tracks vary in width from three to six meters, making them comfortable for both fast and slow skiers. You can rent the skis in the park. The paths in the park are used by the Nordic walking lovers and by the participants of Parkrun events all the year round. The frozen Meshchersky pond becomes an arena for snowmobiling.
If you are an outdoor enthusiast, if you have never tried winter ropes in snow-covered trees, and you are curious to know what the squirrels see in winter, then “The Panda Park” at Meshchersky Park is an appropriate place to enjoy your winter day. White snow and old fir-trees, challenging sports activities and crystal clear fresh air, and a cup of hot tea will bring positive emotions and a sense of well-being.
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