Lavrov warns against partition of SyriaRussian Politics & Diplomacy September 23, 0:00
Lavrov calls to coordinate Russian, US military action in SyriaRussian Politics & Diplomacy September 22, 21:05
Lavrov blames Obama administration for souring Russia-US tiesRussian Politics & Diplomacy September 22, 20:41
Waging war on Korean Peninsula inadmissible, says LavrovRussian Politics & Diplomacy September 22, 20:36
Russian Northern Fleet completes drills in ArcticMilitary & Defense September 22, 18:01
OPEC and non-OPEC countries to continue talks on oil production cut dealBusiness & Economy September 22, 17:28
Russian pair figure skaters Kavaguti, Smirnov retire from sportSport September 22, 16:48
Record number of delegations register for St. Petersburg-hosted IPU AssemblyRussian Politics & Diplomacy September 22, 16:47
Astronauts to make quickest trip ever to ISS in DecemberScience & Space September 22, 16:27
SOCHI, December 25. /TASS/. A highland skiing season will open in Russian Black Sea and ski resort of Sochi on Friday. This date was delayed twice due to a thin snow cover.
Highland ski resort Rosa Khutor was the first to invite tourists on ski routes. The snowfall going for the past few days made the snow much thicker. Thanks to frosts, the whole artificial snow-making system keeps operating intensively, the ski resort’s press service told TASS.
One of largest highland ski complexes at Sochi ski resort Krasnaya Polyana offers 77 kilometers of ski tracks with elevation difference set at 1,534 meters this year. A massive inflow of tourists is expected already during first post-Olympic highland ski season in Sochi, the Rosa Khutor press service said. Skipasses will be on free sale at resort’s ticket offices and at its online shop since December 26. However, during the New Year holidays from December 31 to January 9 their sale may be possibly limited due to a high demand. Meanwhile, “tourists accommodated at hotels of the ski resort have traditional privileges for the sale of skipasses,” Rosa Khutor said.
Following Rosa Khutor other Sochi ski resorts which also had to delay the opening of their ski routes said they were ready to receive guests. Owners of ski complexes assured that snow falling for the last two days would be enough for massive skiing.
About one meter of snow is needed to prepare ski tracks, specialists said. A weather forecasting station placed in the highlands reported that 30 centimeters of fresh snow has fallen at an altitude of more than two thousand meters above the sea level a day before the start of the skiing season and air temperatures dropped to minus 3-6 degrees Celsius in the highlands. According to weather forecasts, this will be sunny on a day of official opening of ski runs.