I have been fortunate enough to have climbed Elbrus 14 times as a guide, including 4 ski descents. What a beautiful area, and what good people live there. Great skiing in winter as well as spring skiing in May, June and early July, and consider climbing the East summit too. Great hiking in the area. Shashlik (shishkabob), especially the lamb, is great. Go to the "dome" in Terskol, or the Deep Purple bar in the basement of the Hotel Cheget for entertainment. I'm happy to answer questions about the area: email@example.com, or try my local friends' website www.go-elbrus.com .
Bad weather (snowstorm and strong wind) in summit night, which stopped right before sunrise when we were close to saddle. In return we had a sunny morning on summit, although still very strong wind, and a really nice warm and sunny weather on our way down. Long climb, nothing really interesting, fast changing weather. I liked other parts of Caucasus much more than Elbrus.
We did our acclimatisation by ski mountaineering and had very bad weather at the beginning, however weather at summit day was beautiful.
Terrible weather, sat in the barrels of 3 days freezing and bored. Massive summit day in white-out conditions. However, got there in the end and WITHOUT using the snowcat!!!
The caucasus is a really beautiful mountain range and Elbrus is it's giant. Summit day is very long, so make sure you acclimatise well as ther is no easy way down when you gat in trouble.
Beware of her famous storms and whiteouts, a compass and GPS are no luxury then!
See more info and pix on my 7 summits pages