Tsaghkadzor ski resort
|Tsaghkadzor ski resort|
|Nearest city||Yerevan, Armenia 55 km (34 mi)|
|Vertical||854 m (2,802 ft)|
|Top elevation||2,820 m (9,252 ft)|
|Base elevation||1,966 m (6,450 ft)|
|Longest run||5.8 km (3.6 mi)|
|Lift system||5 total
1 detachable quads
4 double chair
Tsaghkadzor Ski Resort, is a sports and tourists facilities located just above the Armenian town of Tsaghkadzor of Kotayk Province, approximately 60 km north east of the capital Yerevan and the Zvartnots International Airport. It was opened in 1986 adjacent to the Tsaghkadzor Olympic Sports Complex.
Tsaghkadzor facts and history
The town of Tsaghkadzor is located at 1750m above sea level on the southeast slope of mount Teghenis. During Soviet times, the lifts and other sporting facilities were built to prepare Soviet athletes for the 1988 Winter Olympics. The town was further developed into a ski resort and later fully modernized with the old lifts being replaced. In addition to the ski resort, the town is also known for the Kecharis Monastery.
All lifts are manufactured and operated by Leitner Group. The current structure replaced existing soviet era lifts, mostly following their path. There were initially three consecutive lifts stretching from the foot of the mountain (1969m above sea level) up till the mountain peak (2819m), with the first and second lifts ending at 2234m and 2465m above sea level respectively. In 2006 a fourth lift was added, stretching from the end of the first stage towards an opposite hilltop, thus adding two trails, both leading down to the foot of the slopes.
Infrastructure and services
There are three cafés located at the foot of the mount and at the end of the first and second lifts.
The skiing season in Tsaghkadzor normally starts in mid-December and stretches well into March with the top slopes often fit for skiing in April.
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