11 Mountain Resort Built for Olympics near Sochi

Mountain Resort Built for Olympics near Sochi

Posted on October 16, 2014 by tim

Before the Sochi Olympics, this place appeared in the Sochi Mountains. Ilya, who went there and took the photos, calls it “100% child of Olympics” probably meaning that this was “ordered” to built so that guests of the Olympics had one more attraction to visit. However, no matter that it’s an “artificial” project, it turned out to be pretty well done and we have a chance to look into this “Roza Hutor” (that’s his name) resort up close. From a distance it looks pretty European stylized.


To get there the government has built a new highway and it takes thirty minutes from the “Adler” airport – which is Sochi airport. 

Also a train goes there.

Remnants of the Olympics – a ski jump.

And here is the train station in the “Roza Hutor”. Ilya says he could find no taxi cabs – the only way to get a taxi is to call a taxi service, or if you are a foreigner, walk all the way.

Walk all the way here. You see the train station at the top of this photo and the main hotel district down below.

They have built around ten hotels here, mimicking the European style.

Ilya says it really looks like some European place if you don’t go into fine detail.

The road for cars is behind the houses so people can walk across the river bank.

What is this thing?

“Bear Bridge”

Ok, a McDonalds restaurant, now you know how it’s spelt in Russian.

People can rent such bike cars to ride around. But the real attraction here is skiing and going to the mountains. So below the mountain, the journey starts.

There are a few lines to get into the mountains.

It’s still fall there so no snow yet. 

On the plateau there are some more buildings, here the Olympic sportsmen and women lived.

Overlooking the village.

Which attract people who want to see the view.

That’s the view.

Here is a helicopter taking a tree somewhere.

So these mountains are used for skiing in winter.

And for other winter down hill sports.

And this is a vehicle to prepare the skiing tracks.

Some more ski lifts.

Ilya says that what is sad about the place, despite its being pretty awesome from outside, is that small details reveal that the complex was built in a hurry to get completed before the Olympics, so even now, year later, it looks like it needs renovation urgently.

Like these fences, which were painted unprepared, so the paint is flaking and the fence is rusting.

Also, a few kilometers down hill from the brand new Roza Hutor, there was an old Russian resort “Krasnaia Polyana (Red Field)” and it has also one block of buildings made for the Olympics. Ilya says that block is much worse than the new resort:

Basically he says his impression of the place was pretty much summarized by the phrase “I’d like to get back here in winter”.

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And many thanks to Ilya for the photos and effort!


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11 Responses to “Mountain Resort Built for Olympics near Sochi”

  1. Juraj says:

    Can’t wait to see it abandoned in 10 years time :) That’s going to be a great “before/after” post on EnglishRussia.

  2. Matt Rutherford says:

    Typical Soviet er Russian sloppiness

  3. Carl says:

    I hope they do not let the area decay. Beautiful architecture and functional buildings is something you should make good use of.

    • Soviet Samurai says:

      Its not profitable for US to have Russia as a stable government so they will try to undermine the country as much as they possibly can. They sold weapons to terrorists in Afghanistan, escalated the war between Russia and Ukraine …chances are they will bully Russia into collapse again and this will be in ruins.

      • Denise says:

        Why is it not profitable? Isn’t Japan profitable? Isn’t Germany profitable? They both had wars with the US and yet, they’re two of the top five economies in the world. So why out of all the countries the US had conflicts with, is Russia the only one the US wants to remain unprofitable? You keep telling yourself this nonsense to explain why your country is failing.

  4. Roswell says:

    Very beautiful place !
    Grate job Russia !

  5. countrygood4soul says:

    In Montana, the ski mountains will let people bring special mountain bikes with low gear ratios. A person can bring bike to top of ski mountain via lift and ride down or you can ride uphill if you want to exercise. Maybe Sochi could bring in summer revenue this way. I hope local citizens won’t be burdened with repair costs.

  6. countrygood4soul says:

    Are there many mountain hiking trails in Sochi area for camping, trekking recreation?

  7. mick says:

    “the Government has built” and “mimicking” You sound like foreign Russophobes…You guys really are the 5:th column self hating “Russians” aren´t you?

  8. Tim says:

    Why was it not published the people who were evicted and given a very small sum for the people who lived there where that structure was placed? the sochi olympic group was very corrupt. there is an interview with vice that talked to someone who’s home was to be destroyed and taken advantage of.

  9. Barrie says:

    Just goes to show what a waste of money the games are, they are only run to put quick money into the pockets of the wealthy

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