Krasnaya Polyana resort has blossomed rapidly and in just a few years has earned the status of the most respectable ski cluster in Russia. Krasnaya Polyana owes its success and popularity to the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi.
Construction of the complex started in 2010, by JSC Krasnaya Polyana on the territory of The Mountain Carousel ski complex. The designers were Russian architects Mikhail Atayants and Mikhail Filippov, supported by French architect Pierre Diener. The resort was opened for the 2014 Winter Olympics. The Congress center which covered the events which took place on the basis of the mountain cluster during the Olympics worked on the territory of the Lower town.
The structure of the resort
The resort consists of two main parts: The Lower town and The Upper town, which are connected by means of cable cars and highways. The resort has 13 lifts, including 4 of gondola, 7 of chair and 2 of rope type. The total capacity of all cable cars allows to carry 2400 people per hour.
The Lower town buildings are located in Esto-Sadok village on the banks of the Mzymta river at an altitude of 540 m above sea level. That part of the complex has formed on the site of a century-old Estonian settlement.
There are apartment hotels, hotels of different levels, restaurants, a shopping and entertainment center, a cinema and a water park there.
The Upper town is located on the slope of Aibga mountain, at an altitude of 940 m above the sea. It includes a part of a Premium-class complex with the apartments and townhouses, luxury hotels and Wellness centers.
Winter entertainment and sports
The infrastructure of the resort reposes on ski slopes of different levels of complexity with a total length of about 30 km (from the altitude of + 2340 m to + 960 m). For evening skiing there are about 5 km of trails located at an altitude of + 960 m to + 1460 m, which are equipped with artificial snow supply system and installed with lighting helping to make evening skiing enjoyable and safe.
The resort visitors can travel along winter eco-trails using snowshoes, there are one-day and multi-day hikes available. Skitur means passing the mountain routes using special skis, overcoming passes and tops, and the subsequent descent where virgin areas are. Thanks to skitur you can get to such mountain slopes, which in other case can be reached only by helicopter. For vacationers with children there is a tubing area (descent from snow slides on inflatable sledges also called ‘round cheesecakes’), located in the Upper town of the resort.
Summer entertainment and sports
Gorki Bike Park functioning at the resort is a complex of trails for downhill mountain biking from an altitude of about 1000 meters above sea level. This is the only Russian Bike Park with a complete infrastructure.
During the summer season, hiking eco-routes are open for traveling to hard-to-reach places in the mountains of Krasnaya Polyana. Hiking trails are located at an altitude of +960 m to + 2200 m above the sea level.
Adventure Park is a rope town at +1460 m with observation platforms fixed on tree trunks at a height of 5 to 15 meters, located on the territory of two picturesque sites — the South (with routes for the whole family) and the North (with more complex route options). Most routes can be completed without special training.
The resort organizes tours on electric bicycles, which make it possible to take long rides in the picturesque places of Krasnaya Polyana not only for trained athletes, but also for sport enthusiasts. Electric fatbikes are perfect for active walks on ordinary dirt roads, and on quite extreme routes. Thanks to the electric motor, you can use the bike for excursions and multi-kilometer walks, which on conventional bicycles require excellent physical fitness.
Interesting routes along the forest trails can be ridden on horseback. The Karachai breed horses in Krasnaya Polyana resort stables are one of the most beautiful horses in the world, perfectly adapted for walking in the mountains.
Hardy and tireless, they perfectly cope with steep descents and ascents, confidently passing all the difficult areas on the way.
Paragliding in the mountains of Krasnaya Polyana are the ones with the largest difference in the altitudes, up to 1400-1800 meters.
The guests of the resort have the opportunity to spend the night in a tent camp in the unique climatic zone called Cirque-2 at an altitude of +2050 m.
In the Imereti lowland, specially for those staying in the hotels of the mountain cluster, there is a private beach of Krasnaya Polyana resort, located near the Olympic Park and the largest theme park in Russia Sochi Park. The beach is for 300 people, and accessible by free shuttle.
Entertainment all year round
All year round, in an appropriate weather, it is possible to fly up to the height of a 12-storey building on board of a hot-air baloon, from where you can see a beautiful panoramic view of the Main Caucasian Ridge, the Mzymta and Laura river valleys, the massifs of the Achishkho, Chugush and Pseashkho mountains.
The cultural and entertainment center Casino Sochi offers a wide range of opportunities for dazzling and unforgettable holiday-entertainment shows, live performances of musicians and concerts of famous Russian and world stars, themed parties, broadcasts of leading sports events and intellectual shows.
Gorky Fly amusement Park offers the highest and longest zipline in Russia with a length of 1,027 meters, a suspension bridge and a mega-swing at an altitude of more than 2,000 meters above sea level.
Visiting the Husky center is an opportunity to join the culture of the peoples of the North of our country, as well as make friends with Siberian Huskies. Each guest will be told about the culture and traditions of the Northern peoples, about mutual assistance and friendship of a person with representatives of this unusually kind breed of dogs. In winter, dog sledding is an incomparable adventure.
In the cultural and entertainment sector, there are: Starsinema cinema in the shopping center Gorki Mall, Mountain Beach water park, bowling, Golf & Billiards Club, Archery range, Skate Park, Quest room To Get Out Of The Room, children's clubs, sports grounds and walking areas.
Hotels and apartments
All year round there are 11 hotels with a star rating from 2 to 4, as well as a complex of apartments and townhouses. The total number of rooms is 3070 with accommodation capacity of 6500 people.
At an altitude of +540 m there are five-star hotel Sochi Marriott Krasnaya Polyana, four-star hotel Courtyard Mariott Sochi Krasnaya Polyana and Krasnaya Polyana 540 Apartments with a total number of 2000 rooms.
At mark, 960 there are hotels with a large territory, low-rise townhouses and chalets. These are Riksos Krasnaya Polyana Sochi, Novotel Resort Krasnaya Polyana Sochi, Gorki Hotel Suites, Dolina 960, Gorki Panorama, Gorki Art, Gorki Grand and Apartments Krasnaya Polyana 960 with 1070 rooms in total.