In spite of winter snowfalls the Elbrus slopes are covered with glassy ice.
Last two years the common quantaty of snow was practically the same. But in winter we had not had such extreme frosts as this year. In late December the day temperature on 3500 m was about -25 C< on Garabashi 3800m the night temperature was coming up to -40 C!!!!! We expect the steepy route part above the Pastukhov Rock to be covered with ice even in April May. The previous years it was possible to ski from the Summit itself even in May-June as there was a lot of snow in the mountain.
Now it is sometimes snowing and sometimes frosty. Yesterday it was -19 C on the Azau glade. Though a week ago it was about zero.