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.
Remnants of the Olympics – a ski jump.
They have built around ten hotels here, mimicking the European style.
The road for cars is behind the houses so people can walk across the river bank.
What is this thing?
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.
On the plateau there are some more buildings, here the Olympic sportsmen and women lived.
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 this is a vehicle to prepare the skiing tracks.
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!