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.
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
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
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
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.
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.
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
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
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».
2018 kicked off with a fundraiser hockey game, in which Vladimir Potanin himself played alongside hockey stars. The game collected 2 million rubles to benefit the «Ski Dreams» rehabilitation program for children. In February the Resort inaugurated its sustainable development program, which is designed to help Rosa Khutor become even more environmentally friendly and
In the beginning of March, the Resort won the «You Shall be Proud!» professional tourism award in the Showcase Tourism Project category.
At the end of April, the Resort arranged the release of «Alpine Skiing in Russia: History to Modern Days», the first book on the development of alpine skiing in our country since the beginning of the 20th century. In the beginning of May, the Resort obtained yet another award — the «Sport and Russia» national award in the «Best Sports Resort of the Year» category. The Resort’s beach in the Imeretinsk Valley received the Blue Flag certification from the international Federation for Environmental Education (FEE), which is a label of
In the beginning of August, the Resort put in place hospitality standards which encompass six key components of good service: speed, comfort, transparency, accessibility, friendliness, and efficiency.
In October, Rosa Khutor was recognized for its «outstanding contribution to the development of conference services in Russia» as it received the Russian Business Travel & MICE Award, an annual award for business travel professionals. At the end of the month, Interros held an international conference at Rosa Khutor Resort: «Sustainable Tourism: Global Challenges and Discovering Russia», an event that attracted managers of protected natural territories, political and business leaders, and international experts in sustainable tourism. In November, Rosa Khutor was recognized as Russia’s best alpine ski resort by World Ski Awards for the 6th time in a row.