Sochi, the opening of the ski season - Page 2
Yes - wonderful pictures, but it would be great to get some showing the layout of some runs, or types of terrain too.
Edited by maels654 - 1/8/15 at 5:07am
At the rate of 44 rubles per dollar Sochi was in third place for the cheapest ski resorts in Europe, now the dollar exchange rate of 60 rubles
3. Sochi, Russia
The capital held in February Olympics Krasnaya Polyana is 42 km from the Black Sea, on the south side of the Greater Caucasus mountain range. Due to the proximity of the sea of snow in Krasnaya Polyana is always a lot and it is very slippery, which provides excellent riding. More than 200 km of groomed trails at three different resorts.
The average budget for a week for a family of 4 persons: 132 483 rubles
Accommodation: 71 818 rubles
Rental of equipment 17 000
Ski pass 25 800 rubles
Instructor: 6000 rubles
Food: 8715 rubles
Beer: 1855 rubles
Soft drinks: 1295 rubles
One example for prices... Here's the English language page for Rosa Khotur : https://en.rosaski.com/
On there, a 1 day lift ticket is 2500 rubles right now, and drops to 1850 starting on the 11th. That's about $40 and $30 respectively right now.
Ski, boot, pole rental is 1750 rubles, or about $28.
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Here's a good article about the down side of the whole development:
Russia had vowed to pay for what became the most expensive Olympics of all time by getting super-rich private investors to take the cost from the state. Instead, as the first anniversary of those games approaches, at least two of those oligarchs are quietly dumping their increasingly toxic assets on the state – forcing Russian taxpayers to pick up the bill.
For the oligarchs, it’s a way to recoup billions of dollars as they struggle in an economy battered by plunging oil prices and Western sanctions. For Putin’s critics, it’s evidence of the crony capitalism that shields Russia’s rich and powerful businessmen from economic pain.
Two key investors have unloaded properties built for the Olympics at a combined cost of $3 billion, a spokesman to Russia’s deputy prime minister confirmed to the Associated Press. The issue is a major headache for Putin, who needs to pay off the oligarchs to keep them happy, while preventing the murky deals from triggering a wave of popular unrest.
With the hotel market saturated in Sochi, Vekselberg decided to hand over one hotel to the state. That amounts to dumping the $450 million loan he took out from VEB bank – which covered 90 percent of the cost of the two hotels – onto the state as well. Vekselberg’s investment vehicle Renova has not officially announced the deal, and its representative was unavailable for comment by email and telephone, but Dzhus, the government spokesman, confirmed the ongoing sale.
Meanwhile, residents of Sochi – long a resort destination for Russian vacationers – have seen few economic benefits from hosting the Olympics. Promises that the games would solve perennial problems such as poor transportation and electricity remain unfulfilled one year afterward.
A much-touted $8.5 billion rail link between the Black Sea coast and the mountains is all but suspended. A dispute between the local administration and the monopoly Russian Railways over who will pay for the costly maintenance of the Olympics’ most expensive project has threatened to shut it down.
Tourists who came to Sochi this winter to ski found only six trains a day running between the coast and the mountains, and no trains running between the airport and central Sochi. During the Olympics, there were trains rolling along the picturesque ravines of the mountain resorts every 15 minutes.
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Been skiing here at Rosa Khutor / Gornaya Karusel 3 1/2 weeks so far.
Only 3 days to go unfortunately.
Time restricted by tourist visa (30days in-country) and having to go back to work.
First couple of weeks were fairly dry, but I still could find freshies with a bit of hunting and walking.
RK is reasonably busy, GK pretty quiet. Gazprom is lower and flatter. Cannot otherwise comment as I haven't been there.
Alpika Servis is right beside Rosa Khutor. Not operating this year due to major re-construction. It has about a 4500ft vert.
Skied in there a few times (once right thru a construction zone). Nobody gave a rat's arse. Admirably French in attitude.
Plenty of rowdy terrain at GK, RK and AS.
Patrollers have serious avo issues to deal with.
Control is by Gazex. There are scores of them in start zones at both resorts.
Cornices at RK are dealt with by what looks like a 10 ton tracked long-reach digger.
Skiable verticals are 5050ft (RK 3080-8130ft) and 4850ft (GK 2950-7800ft)
Best climatic analogue in N America would be Whistler.
Below 4000ft things can be a bit soggy, Above 5000ft it has been generally very good.
The local skiers/riders definitely get after it off-piste, so you won't have it all to yourself.
Snowfalls are under-called on reports.
A reported 14cm one day skied like 30-40, and a 30 was basically bottomless.
Lift systems are pretty well run.
My only quibble is a couple of pistes on the sides Rosa Bowl interrupt some good pitches.
Even before the Ruble fall, lift passes, beer, food were reasonable, in what is probably one of the more expensive localities in the Federation.
I have a lot more Euros left than I though I would.
People generally pretty cool, especially considering my rubbish language skills.
I could do another month here. Still working out terrain.