When you live in a region where winter continues more than six months, you are forced to survive (at least, you need to kill your time while people from other climate zones are swimming, surfing, biking and hiking).
Fortunately, Siberia is a big region with different landforms, including mountains and hills, that allow vary your winter activities.
So, when you are out of drinking-vodka & walking-your-bear time, you may go snowboarding!
There are not so many ski resorts (o, maybe, I’m just self-indulgent), and way to the biggest and the most visited in Russia in 2015 — Sheregesh — takes about 8 hours from the capital of Siberia, Novosibirsk. Elevation of pistes here is up to 700 metres, the highest point is 1,570 metres.
There you’ll find pistes prepared by a snow groomer, and places to practice your back-country skills as well. I’m looser, that’s why prefer well-trodden pistes.
If you have all equipment & outfit, an average weekend tour will cost ~3-3,500 rubles, including transportation by bus and accommodation in one hostel room with several people. When arrived you’ll need money only to pay for ski-pass and meal.
During winter holidays we went there by car and rent a flat for 6 people. It turned out quite expensive due to public holidays, and altogether we paid 12,000 rubles for 3 days (2,000 for a person).
But despite the expenses, going by car is much better than transportation by bus at night: in the former case you always have a chance to see the beauty of surrounding nature.
Nature is much better than drunk people surrounding you in a bus ;)