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Rosa Khutor
6 years
time it took to build Rosa Khutor from nothing. In record time!
$40 mln
total investment in Rosa Khutor for 2003-2006
2003
In March 2003, Interros sets up the Rosa Khutor development company in order to spearhead the alpine ski resort construction project.
430 hectars
total leased land area on the slopes of Mount Aibga
2004
Rosa Khutor wins a competition for long-term leasing rights for land in Sochi National Park intended for the construction of a mountain ski resort.
2 bln rub
total allocated for environmental protection during the construction of Rosa Khutor
2005
Interros publicly announces the plan to develop the Rosa Khutor alpine ski resort.
In February, a call for tenders for the general design of the Rosa Khutor project is put out. The best offers are submitted by AMR and AST (Austria), Dianeige and Gorimpex (France), and ILF and Strabag (Austria). The tender board chooses ILF and Strabag, and charges the two partner entities with drafting a construction plan for the resort that complies with Russian Federation construction standards and regulations as well as environmental protection requirements.
3500 people/day
resort capacity during construction phase I
2006
Rosa Khutor wins a second tender to lease 125 hectares of land on the Rosa Khutor Plateau, bringing to 537 hectares the total area of leased land in Sochi National Park. Rosa Khutor’s phase I construction plans are endorsed by Rosprirodnadzor, Russia's environmental protection agency.
$300 mln
planned investment for the beginning of the year
2007
July 4, the IOC chooses Sochi to host the 2014 Olympic Winter Games. Rosa Khutor was a key venue in the bid submitted by the Russian Olympic Committee.

Rosa Khutor signs an agreement with the World Wildlife Fund, which will provide expertise on eco-friendly construction and energy and water-conservation. In addition, WWF specialists will serve as consultants to Rosa Khutor on best practices in green construction, and will provide guidance and informational support for Rosa Khutor's initiatives supporting environmental education and developing eco-tourism.

One of the first joint projects with WWF is a program to restore the Persian leopard population in the Caucasus. The goal of the project is to return the Persian leopard to Russia. Project plans include bringing in animals from other areas, building enclosures for animal management and breeding, and helping the leopards adapt to conditions in the Caucasus.
2509 meters
height of the highest point on the Aibga Ridge
2008
The Bank for Development and Foreign Economic Affairs (Vnesheconombank), a Russian state corporation, and Rosa Khutor Ski Resort Development Company, LLC sign an agreement on the overall plan for financing the “Construction and Operation of the Rosa Khutor Mountain Ski Resort” project. The parties agreed to jointly fund the project: Vnesheconombank will provide a loan of up to $750 mln for 15 years, and Rosa Khutor, LLC will finance the remainder using its own or its founders' funds.

JSC Russian Railways announces plans to build a combined road and railway line from Adler to the lower level of the Rosa Khutor alpine ski resort in Krasnaya Polyana.
2341 meters
length of the Olympia gondola lift line
2009
Rosa Khutor implements various environmental protection measures. For example, in June the mountain ski resort and Sochi National Park conduct a joint event to plant 200 beech and pine saplings in a former industrial zone. In addition, representatives of Sochi National Park and Rosa Khutor also work to beautify the Rosa Khutor plateau and landscape the slopes. The mountain ski resort also awards a grant of 300,000 rubles to the director of Sochi National Park to enhance environmental education, raise awareness regarding environmental protection, and establish eco-tourism.

The first leopards are released into enclosures in Sochi National Park as part of Rosa Khutor's project to reintroduce the Persian leopard to the region. There are two males from Turkmenistan – General (weighing 57 kg) and Alous (54 kg), and two females from Iran: Chaini (42 kg) and Mino (22 kg).
40k
tourists visit Rosa Khutor during the first season
2010
The International Ski Federation (FIS) homologates various courses in the Rosa Khutor mountain ski resort: downhill (men and women), slalom (men and women), and super-G (men and women).

Rosa Khutor signs a strategic partnership agreement to manage the resort with Compagnie des Alpes, a French company operating similar venues in the Alps.

The first set of buildings of the Rosa Khutor alpine ski center are inaugurated. In the 2010-2011 season, 4 ski lifts are in operation. The total length of open ski trails is 38 km, including 9 km of Olympic courses.

Rosa Khutor signs a management agreement for its hotels with the Rezidor Hotel Group (two hotels –  Park Inn and Radisson SAS), Golden Tulip Hospitality Group (two hotels— Golden Tulip and Tulip Inn), Accor (two hotels under the Mercure brand), and the Russian chain Heliopark.
140 days a year
duration of the ski season in Rosa Khutor
2011
In February, the first test events take  place to prepare for the 2014 Olympics – official stages of the Russian Cup in alpine skiing, in which 60 athletes participate. Two weeks later, Rosa Khutor successfully hosts the European Cup, in which 30 athletes from 10 countries compete.

Phase II of the Russian Freeride Cup, the Alpindustria Freeride Cup by Nissan 2011, is held in March. Over 80 skiers and snowboarders take part in this, one of the most significant events in the Russian history of freeride.

Seven Bridges Road, a mountain roadway leading right to the finish line of ski events, opens to traffic.

The 2010-2011, ski season lasts until May 9, with a break in the middle for international test events.

6000 spectators
along with 1500 athletes, take part in test events at Rosa Khutor
2012
In February, additional international test events are held on the slopes of the Rosa Khutor resort. The season is launched by the Alpine Skiing World Cup in downhill, super-G, and slalom. This is the first time Russia has hosted events at this level. Prior to the World Cup, from January 30th to February 5th, Rosa Khutor's slopes host the Russian Cup's downhill skiing events.

Construction of another Olympic venue — Rosa Khutor Extreme Park, which includes a freestyle center and a snowboard park — is successfully completed. In February and March, the first official events take place on the Olympic courses — the Russian and European Cup snowboarding and freestyle events.

At the end of February, test alpine events for athletes with disabilities are held at Rosa Khutor. Over 50 Russian and foreign athletes with motor or visual impairments take part in the events which include super-G, super combined, giant slalom, and slalom.

In March, Rezidor opens the first of  two hotels for guests of the mountain ski resort in Sochi — Park Inn by Radisson Rosa Khutor with 211 rooms, and Tulip Inn Rosa Khutor with 148 rooms.
450k cubic meters
of snow stockpiled for the 2014 Olympics
2013
Over the month starting December 22, the opening of the winter season in Sochi, over 63,000 people visit the resort. Rosa Khutor then closes to the public to host test events.

In February and March, a combined total of ten different competitions in alpine skiing disciplines, snowboard, and freestyle take place at levels ranging from the Russian Cup to the World Cup. The key sporting events of the season on Rosa Khutor's Olympic courses are the FIS Snowboard World Cup competition and the Freestyle Skiing World Cup events, held in the Extreme Park from February 7 to February 20, as well as the World Cup Downhill final for athletes with motor and visual impairments.

January sees the opening of the Rezidor Hotel Group's Radisson Rosa Khutor, a 5-star hotel with 181 rooms, Accor's 4-star Mercure hotel with 153 rooms, and the 3-star Heliopark Freestyle with 174 rooms, operated by the Heliopark Group, a Russian hotel holding company.

In April, Rosa Khutor's specialists prepare 450,000 cubic meters of snow to ensure optimal snow conditions for venues in the Sochi Olympics in the event of insufficient natural snowfall or high temperatures during the coming winter season. In all, seven snow reservoirs are set up, each sealed off with special isothermal fabric in order to reflect the sun's rays and maintain the temperature of the snow. The “snow blankets” cover an area of over 120,000 square meters. More than 200 employees and 24 snow cats are deployed to prepare the snow. The total cost of making and storing the snow is over 250 mln rub. 

From June 12 to September 15, Rosa Khutor hosts its first summer season. Visitors avail themselves of excursions stopping at every station on the aerial lift line, including the highest observation point in Krasnaya Polyana, the Rosa Peak station. The lookout, located at a height of 2320 meters above sea level, offers views of the Greater Caucasus mountain range, the Black Sea, and Abkhazia's mountains.

From December 14 to January 6, Rosa Khutor is again open to tourists for the ski season. The resort is then closed to prepare for the 2014 Winter Olympic Games.
The 2014 Olympic and Paralympic Games are held
2014
The XXII Winter Olympic Games end with a decisive victory for the Russian team — 13 gold, 11 silver, and 9 bronze medals! Russian athletes win five of these medals — two golds, one silver, and two bronzes —  on Rosa Khutor's pistes.

The Russian team is no less triumphant in the XI Paralympic Winter Games. Russian Paralympians win a total of 80 medals, of which 6 gold, 6 silver, and 4 bronze medals are won on Rosa Khutor's slopes.

Vladimir Potanin, the president of Interros, and Sergei Bachin, the CEO of Rosa Khutor, are awarded the Order of Alexander Nevsky for their part in organizing, preparing for, and running the Winter Olympic Games.

After the Olympics and Paralympics, the Rosa Khutor alpine ski resort will change from a sports venue to a tourist resort. This transformation will require about 4.5 billion rubles, which will be used in part to repurpose Olympic village facilities into hotel complexes, to develop infrastructure for summer use, and to ensure the resort functions year-round.
100% hotels
booked for the 2014-1015 New Year holidays
2015

Rosa Khutor hotels were fully booked over the winter holidays. The summer season also surpassed expectations: 750 thousand guests have stayed at the resort since the 1st of June, which is 20% higher than in the 2014 — 2015 winter season, and 75% higher year-on-year. Over the course of the year, more than 1.35 million visitors will have come to enjoy our hospitality.


The hotel features the Miracle Park, a new kind of entertainment complex for families, the beach area Rosa Beach, and Rosa Khutor’s private beach on the shore of Imeretinsky cove. The resort’s very own high-speed train now connects Rosa Khutor and Krasnodar. Tourists can buy a package deal — a new product on the Russian tourism market — that includes flight and transfer. A large number of competitions and festivals take place at the resort, including Russia’s alpine skiing championship, the Generation NEXT festival, and many others.


According to Ipso MORI, a leading British tourism research company, Rosa Khutor is now one of the most affordable ski resorts in Europe. According to a joint study completed by Aviasales and Hotellook, Rosa Khutor is also the most affordable resort for Russian tourists. In 2015, for the third time, Rosa Khutor was named Russia’s best ski resort by the World Ski Awards, an «Oscar» of the tourism industry. The resort also won an award in the domestic competition «Five Stars in Hospitality» in the «Russia without Barriers» category.


The Alley of the Olympic Champions is being laid out at the resort. The Rosa Square now features star-shaped name plates for Lidiya Skoblikova, Aleksandra Zaitseva, Svetlana Ishmouratova, Irina Rodnina, Tatiana Navka, and Roman Kostomarov.


Rosturism, Russia’s Tourism Federal Agency, and the Rosa Khutor ski resort announced the launch of a strategic partnership to foster comprehensive and effective development of tourism for domestic tourists and foreign travelers in Russia.

>100 thousand tourists
visited Rosa Khutor during Russian national winter holidays
2016

January: Rosa Springs, the first curative water spa resort at Krasnaya Polyana, opens its doors to visitors in the Olympic Village at Rosa Khutor.

May: The Russian Post Office puts out a stamp depicting the Rosa Khutor resort, with a print run of 402,000 copies.

June: Rosa Khutor is celebrated as the Best Ski Resort in Russia at the XII International Industry Congress on Winter Sports, which was organized with the support of the Russian Ministry of Sport.

November: Rosa Khutor is awarded Russia’s Best Ski Resort at the World Ski Awards for the fourth year in a row.

Rosa Khutor becomes a symbol of Sochi. Internet users suggest that a picture of the ski resort be used on Russia’s new bank notes

In preparation for the 2016/2017 ski season, ski runs are extended from 77 to 94 kilometers, and three cable cars are put into operation. Two cable cars help ease the crowds at the base: Driada, carrying 2800 people per hour over 2145 meters, and Tundra, carrying 2400 people per hour over 1533 meters. The Edelweiss chair lift, on the southern slope of the Aibga Ridge, can carry 2400 people per hour over 2658 meters, increasing access to the ski area on that side of the mountain

The resort has increased its capacity by 50% and can now handle 20,000 people per day.

In 2016, Rosa Khutor received almost 2 million visitors, nearly 600,000 more than in the previous year. The increase was mostly due to summer bookings.

94 km
the length of the ski slopes in 2017
2017

At the start of the year, Rosa Khutor launched a partnership discount program with Kitzbuhel, an Austrian ski resort.


Flacon — a design and creativity incubator -opened FLACON 1170, a new art-studio in residence at the ski resort.


In February, the first direct flight from Germany, organized by the resort and operated by Condor Airlines, brought tourists to Sochi.


Rosa Khutor became the 13th out of the one hundred most popular tourism brand in Russia.


More than 800 thousand people stayed at the resort over the winter season.


More activities were on offer at Rosa Khutor last summer, including a new trail to visit the Mendeliha waterfall park, a trampoline park, a summer movie theater, and a festival of Turkish Greco-Roman culture, organized with the support from Coral Travel.


Rosa Khutor, in collaboration with the tourism portal OneTwoTrip, launched a new service enabling guests to search for deals and purchase airline and railroad tickets on the resort’s website.


Dream Skis is a new program of physical rehabilitation for children with disabilities that was launched at Rosa Khutor at the end of December.


The mountain resort Rosa Khutor won the prestigious World Ski Awards as Russia’s best resort fifth time in as many years, and received the first consumer choice in hospitality Golden Prometheus award for «brand of the year».


85 thousand
tourists visited the resort on winter holidays
2018