In pre-season ski news, OJSC Northern Caucasus Resorts has begun construction of the highest aerial lift in Europe at Mount Elbrus. According to the news, equipment for the third stage of the new system in the south of Russia is underway.
The equipment necessary to complete the new ski lift from the station “Mir” to the station “Gara-Bashi” is now set in place, according to spokespersons of the new resort complex. The gondola, with a capacity for eight people, will be even higher than the Mont Blanc lifts at Aiguille du Midi Mountain. Produced by ROMA, the gondolas, solar panels, and accessories arrived on the mountain September 4. . Its height is 3847 meters. The gondola type cabins for eight people, produced by “ROMA”, and accessories for them, including solar panels, arrived at the resort territory on Friday, September 4. Deputy General Director for Development Svyatoslav Wilk had this to say last week:
“Today, the main stage of construction and installation works are completed. With the French technology specialists support in the mode of installation supervision, the gondolas cable was already stretched – the so-called process of cable lashing. The cabins will be installed in September, and then we will start the pre-commissioning activities.”
Wilk went on to tell of the “green” aspects of the state-of-the-art lift system, including using solar to power gondola back up systems. The national firm of Kurorty Severnogo Kavkaza is in charge of construction of the new record breaking lift system that is designed to serve a broader range of skiers than its Mont Blanc contemporaries. According to Mr. Wilk, the “Mir – Gara-Bashi” line will be available to every category of skier.
Scheduled to launch this upcoming season, the lift line will have a capacity of 750 people per hour, with plans to increase the lift load to 1500 per hour later on. The lower station of the system sits at 3455 meters above sea level and the upper station is at 3847 meters. JSC “KSK” will invest some 1 billion rubles (Appx. $15 million USD) in completing the third stage of the aerial lift that will serve the a section of the largest travel project on Earth.
OJSC “Northern Caucasus Resorts” is a massive Russian touristic project begun back in 2010. The touristic clusters of this extraordinary resort project include:
- Armkhi (Jeirakh area of the Republic of Ingushetia)
- Arkhyz (Zelenchuk and Urupsky districts of Karachay-Cherkess Republic);
- Leading (the Itum-Kalinsky area of the Chechen Republic)
- Caspian coastal cluster (Derbent, Karabudakhkent, Kayakent and Magaramkentsky districts of the Republic of Dagestan)
- Lagonaki (Apsheron district of the Krasnodar and Maikop district of Adygea Republic)
- Mamison (Alagir and IrAF areas of the Republic of North Ossetia — Alania)
- Matlas (Khunzakh district of the Republic of Dagestan);
- Balneological resorts of Stavropol territory (the health resort town of Yessentuki, the city of Zheleznovodsk resort, the resort city of Kislovodsk, Lermontov, the resort city of Pyatigorsk, Mineralnye Vody and Foothill municipal districts of the Stavropol territory)
- Tsori (Jeirakh and Sunzhensky districts of the Republic of Ingushetia)
- Elbrus-Bezengi (Cherek, Chegem, Zolsky and Elbrus regions of Kabardino-Balkarian Republic)
In total, the project will end up creating more than 300 thousand new jobs in the region. As of 2014, the development strategy has JSC operating in two phases. First, a benchmark resorts within the development of the most promising areas, including VTRK “Arkhyz” and VTRK “Elbrus-Bezengi” in the Elbrus area has already begun. The second phase calls for expansion of the first stage and the successive construction of other tourist resorts of the cluster.