Rosa Khutor Alpine Resort

Coordinates: 43°38′46″N 40°19′55″E / 43.646°N 40.332°E / 43.646; 40.332
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Rosa Khutor
Ski runs at 1600 m above sea level, April 2014
Ski runs at 1600 m above sea level, April 2014
LocationWestern Caucasus,
Nearest major citySochi - 50 km (30 mi)
Krasnaya Polyana - 10 km (6 mi)
Coordinates43°38′46″N 40°19′55″E / 43.646°N 40.332°E / 43.646; 40.332
Vertical1,380 m (4,528 ft)
Top elevation2,320 m (7,612 ft) AMSL
Base elevation   940 m (3,084 ft) - Stadium
—39%: Easiest
—34%: More Difficult
—27%: Expert
Lift system18 lifts
5 gondolas (8 person)
9 chairlifts, 2 T-bars
2 magic carpets
Lift capacity30702 pph
Terrain parks1
WebsiteRosa Khutor
Rosa Khutor  is located in European Russia
Rosa Khutor 
Rosa Khutor 
Location of the resort in Russia

The Rosa Khutor Alpine Resort (Russian: Ро́за Ху́тор, tr. Roza Khutor, IPA: [ˈrozə ˈxutər]) is an alpine ski resort in Krasnodar Krai, Russia, located at the Aibga Ridge of the Western Caucasus along the Roza Khutor plateau near Krasnaya Polyana. Constructed from 2003 to 2011, it hosted the alpine skiing events for the 2014 Winter Olympics and Paralympics, based in nearby Sochi. The resort is 50 kilometers (30 mi) east of the Black Sea at Sochi; the majority of the slopes at Rosa Khutor face northeast, with the backside slopes facing southwest.[1]


Jean-Claude Killy, Dmitry Medvedev, and Vladimir Putin at the European Cup events at Rosa Khutor in February 2011

The lower base area of Roza Valley at the Mzymta River is at an elevation of 560 meters (1,840 ft) above sea level. The highest lift is the Caucasus Express gondola, which climbs to the summit of Roza Peak at 2,320 m (7,610 ft), yielding a total vertical drop of over a mile at 1,760 m (5,770 ft). The main base area for skiing is at Roza Plateau at 1,170 m (3,840 ft), a vertical drop of 1,150 m (3,770 ft) from the summit. Besedka, the mid-mountain area, is at 1,350 m (4,430 ft) and is the lower loading station of the Caucasus Express; which has a mid-lift loading station at Roza-1600, about a mile above sea level at 1,600 m (5,200 ft). At the eastern edge of the resort is Rosa Stadium, the finish area for the alpine racing events at 940 m (3,080 ft), a vertical drop of 1,380 m (4,530 ft) from the Roza Peak summit.[2]


Gondola base area in 2011

Rosa Khutor Alpine Ski Resort is the site of ten hotel projects with more than 1600 rooms.[citation needed]

World Cup 2012[edit]

Rosa Khutor hosted World Cup alpine races in the downhill and super combined for both men and women in February 2012, two years ahead of the Olympics. The race courses were designed by 1972 Olympic gold medalist Bernhard Russi.[3]

The men's World Cup downhill started well below the summit at 2,045 meters (6,709 ft) and finished at 970 meters (3,180 ft), with a vertical drop of 1,075 meters (3,527 ft) and a course length of 3.495 kilometers (2.172 mi).[4] The maximum gradient is 84% (40 degrees) at the top of the course.[5] The 2012 downhill was won by Beat Feuz of Switzerland.[6]

The first alpine test events were held in February 2011 on the European Cup circuit.[7]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Building Rosa Khutor: 2014 Olympics". SKI Magazine, 2010-07. Accessed 2012-02-06.
  2. ^ Ski - Rosa Khutor - accessed 2012-02-06
  3. ^ FIS - Next up Sochi - Interview with Bernhard Russi - 2012-02-06
  4. ^ - World Cup - results - Sochi - men's DH - 2012-02-11
  5. ^ FIS - Sochi - course detail - men's World Cup downhill - February 2012
  6. ^ FIS - A great birthday party for Beat Feuz - 2012-02-11
  7. ^ Sochi - Representatives from International Ski Federation (FIS) impressed by organization of alpine skiing Cup event

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