In the Krasnaya Polyana district you will find the Rosa Khutor which is home to two Olympic sites: The Rosa Khutor Alpine Resort and the Rosa Khutor Extreme Park. Both of these sites reside in what is known as the Mountain Cluster.
Rosa Khutor Alpine Resort
The Rosa Khutor Alpine Resort can be found at the Aibga Ridge. During the Sochi 2014 Olympic Games, it will host all of the Alpine Skiing events. These include Downhill, Downhill and Slalom (Combined), Giant Slalom and the Super Giant Slalom. With a length of 20 km and a capacity of 7500 people, it is definitely a good choice for these events.
The Alpine Center existed prior to 2014 Games and will continue to be a ski resort after they conclude. In the lead up to the Olympics, the Rosa Khutor Alpine Resort hosted the following world-class events: 2011 International Ski Federation (FIS) Alpine Skiing European Cup; 2012 FIS Alpine Skiing World Cup; 2013 FIS Alpine Skiing European Cup Finals; 2013 IPC Alpine Skiing World Cup Finals; and the 2013 IPCAS Para Snowboard.
Rosa Khutor Extreme Park
Located next to the Rosa Khutor Alpine Resort is the Rosa Khutor Extreme Park. The Extreme Park will host some of the most unique and exciting events of the 2014 Sochi games. Considering how popular extreme events are becoming, this is sure to be a very popular venue. There are two parts: the Freestyle Skiing Centre and the Snowboard Park. The Freestyle Skiing Centre can accommodate 4000 spectators while the Snowboard Park can hold 6250. Some of the sports on display during next year’s games include Aerial and Mogul competitions, Boardercross and Half-Pipe events. They will also host more traditional events such as Cross-Country Skiing and the Parallel Giant Slalom.
The Rosa Khutor Extreme Park has hosted events in the past including the Freestyle FIS European Cup and the Snowboard FIS European Cup in March 2012 as well as the Freestyle FIS World Cup and the Snowboard FIS World Cup in February and March in 2013. After the games, the Rosa Khutor Extreme Park will continue to be as a training centre.
One of the most popular Winter Olympic sports is definitely hockey. Since Russia is such a hockey-obsessed country, this year’s hockey tournament is definitely one to watch. There are two venues in the Coastal Cluster to showcase hockey and they are both operated by the International Ice Hockey Federation (IIHF). Fortunately, both venues are within walking distance (only 300 meters) – a first for the Olympics.
The Russian word “shayba” means puck and it’s the perfect name for a hockey arena! In fact, you can often hear Team Russia supporters chanting “shayba” at hockey events around the world. It’s truly a part of the Russian culture. The Shayba Arena will hold 7000 screaming hockey fans for both the Olympic hockey and paralympic ice sledge hockey games.
Prior to the Sochi 2014 Olympic Games, the Shayba Arena hosted two hockey tournaments: The International Ice Hockey Federation Under 18 World Championship in April 2013 and The 4 Nations Ice Sledge Hockey Tournament in August/September 2013. Now that it has these events under its belt, the Shayba Arena is ready to host the biggest hockey games in the world. Just like the “Ice Cube” Curling Centre, the Shayba Arena was also created in order to be dismantled after the games and put to good use in another Russian community.
“Bolshoy” Ice Dome
The second hockey venue at the 2014 Olympic Games is the “Bolshoy” Ice Dome. In Russian, the word “Bolshoy” means big or great. With enough seating for 12,000 people, “Bolshoy” is the perfect name for Sochi’s Ice Dome. Located right next to the Shayba Arena in Olympic Park, the “Bolshoy” Ice Dome is a much larger venue and it will be the main hockey site in the Olympic Park. It got its first taste of the action in April 2013 with the International Ice Hockey Federation Under 18 Championship.
If the word “Bolshoy” sounds familiar, it’s for a good reason. “Bolshoy” goes hand-in-hand with Russia’s incredible achievements in both athletics and art including the Bolshoi Ballet and Theatre in Moscow, Russia. After the games, the “Bolshoy” Ice Dome will remain in Sochi as a multi-purpose sports and entertainment complex.