Engineering Genius: Rosa Khutor Alpine Resort
One of world's biggest lift-served resorts for 2014 Olympics
The mountains reaching skyward above the Krasnaya Polyana valley are the home to Russia’s primary winter resorts with massive alpine terrain. The new Rosa Khutor will have slopes that will take skiiers down more than 1,500 metres, making it one of the biggest lift-served mountain resorts in the world.
And it’s all just 30 miles from Sochi on the Black Sea. It will host all alpine skiing disciplines: Downhill, Combined (downhill and slalom), Giant Slalom and the Super Giant Slalom during the 2014 Winter Olympics in February.
Most of the snow competitions are planned at Rosa Khutor with Nordic events at Psekhako Ridge. Former Breckenridge Resort, Colorado, co-president Roger McCarthy recently joined the company building Rosa Khutor to head the development of what will be Russia’s largest ski resort.
Once the development phases are complete, 40 trails and skyways will have been constructed. The project aims to ensure that there will be a minimum of 60km of ski slopes.
Trails will be situated at the elevations between 575m and 2,320m above sea level. The general elevation drop is 1,745m.
Average speed of the main lifts is around five metres per second, and it is planned that 14 lifts of different types and purposes will be installed, including the most significant, which are: three eight-passenger gondolas and six lifts: four detachable chairlifts each six passengers and two fixed grip quad chairs.
A beginner area in the 1,170m elevation is planned with a small platter lift and some “magic carpets”. In the same area a tubing lift will be placed.