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); 403 (2002 Census); 1,601 (1989 Census).
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. The incident was caught on camera and uploaded to the Internet. After the incident made international headlines, Russian authorities called for tougher safety laws.
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