Popular Sheregesh in Kemerovo region to get a $131 million Sochi-style makeover.
Potential investors were presented with plans including 120 hectare plots for development as a 'luxurious all-season resort' offering an 'international standard of services'. Picture here and below: Vera Salnitskaya
To Russian skiing aficionados, Sheregesh has long held a reputation as a winter gem, but now plans have been unveiled to upgrade it to world standards.
At the St Petersburg Economic Forum, hosted by President Vladimir Putin, potential investors were presented with plans including 120 hectare plots for development as a 'luxurious all-season resort' offering an 'international standard of services'.
In the coming months detailed plans will be unveiled by the regional authorities. The plan envisages major investment over six years in tourist infrastructure facilities, and also on ski-trails, lifts, and transport infrastructure.
'In summer, a detailed plan of the mountain skiing arena will become available for potential investors,' reported Construction.ru
The skiing resorts at Sochi were light years behind their potential before their redevelopment for the 2014 Winter Olympics, Sochi, creating one of Europe's most advanced and luxurious resorts.
Sheregesh is among the best in Russia for advanced freeriders or for powder fans.
The authorities across Siberia are perhaps only now waking up to the potential on their doorsteps. Sheregesh is seen as a trailblazer opening Siberia to both Russian and foreign tourists.
It is widely seen as having some of the best snow in Russia - especially for boarders - yet to be lacking in infrastructure.
For example, www.worldsnowboardguide.com states: 'Because of the earliest powder in Russia (starting from November) and dry climate, Sheregesh is among the best in Russia for advanced freeriders or for powder fans. Others will be ruled out by the poor, overpriced service and remote location of the resort.'
The guide goes on: 'If you are not a Siberian, you will probably have the only single reason to go to Sheregesh; the local snow, which is unique. Starting from the beginning of November until the beginning of March there's at least 1 metre of high quality snow.
'The local powder is dry and fast and is considered to be the best snow in Russia.
'However, the snowboarders who decide to go to Sheregesh have to survive an 8-hour long way from Moscow to Sheregesh, the famous Siberian frost, and lack of apres ski.'
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