Uzbekistan reveals commissioning date of country's first ski resort
Baku, Azerbaijan, Aug. 1
By Fikret Dolukhanov – Trend:
Amirsoy Mountain Resort - the first ski resort in Uzbekistan - will open in December 2018, Uzbek media reported citing Deputy Prime Minister Aziz Abdukhakimov.
According to the deputy prime minister, the future ski resort will occupy an area of about 900 hectares in the Bostanlyk district of the Tashkent region. The project provides for creation of a network of snow-covered ski slopes of varying degrees of complexity with a total length of about 21.3 kilometers, seven cable cars, a snowboard park, a sports school, residential buildings and other resort infrastructure. The total cost of the project is over 100 million euros.
The first stage of the project, which is planned to be completed in December 2018, includes construction of two ropeways with a length of over three kilometers, 13 ski slopes of varying complexity with a total length of 12.3 kilometers, two artificial lakes, a helipad, an artificial snow making system, winter tubing, a town of 21 buildings in the style of “chalet”, two restaurants, instructors' school, multifunctional center with rental of ski equipment and other engineering and communication facilities.
Snow-packing equipment (snowcats) has been purchased and is in the process of delivery. About 30 million euros have been allocated for these purposes.
During the visit of the deputy prime minister to the construction site, the Austrian company Doppelmayer demonstrated a technological road (made up to the top of the resort - 2,292 meters in altitude) where the upper station of the gondola 8-seater cable car will be located, access roads to 19 pillars and pouring of reinforced concrete bases to them.
The launch of tests of the two cable cars is planned for October 2018.
The management of the project was entrusted to the Andorran PGI Management.
Director of the PGI Jesus Roca earlier told Trend that the Andorran company is holding talks to provide further support after completion of the Amirsoy Mountain Resort.
“So far we are helping the Amirsoy Mountain Resort in the construction phase, and we are in conversations to provide further support in later stages,” Roca said.
It should be noted that PGI is the world leader in operational management of ski resorts, including Grandvalira, which is in Top-20 of the best resorts in the world, with more than 1.6 million ski passes sold per year. The company operates in more than 18 countries.
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