RusSki Gorki – Jumping Center
The “RusSki Gorki” Jumping Center is located in Esto-Sadok village on the northern slope of the Aibga Ridge.
The facility’s location at the junction of two ridges was selected by international experts in order to make ski-jumping facilities harmonious with the surrounding landscape and to protect athletes from side winds.
The complex is comprised of the latest Olympic K-95 and K-125 ski jumps.
The name “RusSki Gorki” evokes associations with the shape of the venue (the ski jumps) as well as Roller coasters that are sometimes referred to as “Russian mountains” in English. It is also plays on the abbreviation “Rus” and the word “Ski”, together denoting the English slang word for a Russian person. Nearby is the “Gorki Gorod” venue, where the Mountain Media Village will be located.
Rosa Khutor Extreme Park
Snowboarding and Freestyle competitions at the Sochi 2014 Olympic Winter Games will be held to the West of the Rosa Khutor plateau, at “Rosa Khutor” Extreme Park.
The unique snow conditions combined with specialized tracks for Cross-Country Skiing, Aerial competitions, Mogul competitions, Boardercross, Parallel Giant Slalom and Half-Pipe events will make this facility a permanent venue for top-level world competitions.
Rosa Khutor Alpine Center
The Rosa Khutor Alpine Resort is located at the Aibga Ridge. It is a single venue and will host all Alpine Skiing disciplines: Downhill, Combined (downhill and slalom), Giant Slalom and the Super Giant Slalom. The total length of the competition tracks is 20 km.
All slopes were developed by Bernard Russi, a world-renowned ski architect from the International Ski Federation (FIS). Sochi will have an excellent selection of world-class tracks for athletes from around the world to train and compete on.
“Rosa Khutor” is a unique alpine resort located in the Krasnaya Polyana district. The name originates from the geographical name “Rosa Khutor”, covering approximately 1,820 ha of Aibga Ridge slopes rising above the Mzymta River. The alpine resort is already a major alpine skiing center in the Northern Caucasus region and has played host to several major international competitions.
Sanki Sliding Center
The Sliding Center “Sanki” is built at the Alpika Service Mountain Ski Resort, with its track finishing area at Rzhanaya Polyana.
State-of-the-art ice preparation technology ensures optimum temperature control along the entire length of the track. Mass sliding on sledges, sleighs and snow saucers has been a traditional Russian pastime since the times of Peter I and sledges have always been an integral part of winter leisure for all children in Russia. They are a source of positive emotions and pleasant childhood memories and the name highlights the flavor of the Games and accurately reflects the functional purpose of the sports venue. The word “Sanki” is also harmonious in most foreign languages.
Laura Cross-country Ski & Biathlon Center
“Laura” Cross-country Ski & Biathlon Center is located on the crest and slopes of the Psekhako Ridge, within 6.5-10 km far to the North-Ester of Krasnaya Polyana.
The Center includes two isolated stadia, each with their own start and finish zones, two isolated track systems for Skiing and Biathlon, shooting area and warm-up zones.
Laura is a turbulent mountain river with a large number of waterfalls. It has its source in the southern slopes of the Assar, within the boundaries of the Caucasian nature reserve. The name of the river is based on a legend of a young girl called Laura who chose death over living with an old prince she did not love. After running away from the prince, Laura jumped of a rock into the river that was later named after her. Murat, Laura’s lover, could not live with the pain of their parting and jumped in after his bride. The lovers’ bodies were never found and local inhabitants say that the Gods were so moved by what had happened that they took them to the heavens the summit of the sacred Mount Elbrus.
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