The Gorniy Vozdukh Sports Complex is located on the hillside of Mount Bolshevik, 3 km from Yuzhno-Sakhalinsk, at an altitude of between 100 and 600 meters above sea level. The complex is connected to the city via a highway 2.5 kilometers long.
The history of Gorniy Vozdukh dates back to 1960. In 1962, a club house was built for tourists; the reconstruction of a ski jump began and the height was increased to 60 meters upon its completion. Shortly thereafter, an 80-meter ski jump and a 1,200-meter slalom track were put into operation. A ski lodge started working by 1963.
Before the opening of the Winter Olympics in Sapporo in 1972, the entire complex was upgraded. 70- and 90-meter ski jumps, each of which with seven launch pads, were opened shortly after that. An important event of that year was the launch of a chair lift. In the same year Sakhalin was the first to host the USSR Biathlon and Nordic Combined Cup. Members of the USSR Olympic team, who were training before the Winter Olympics in Sapporo, took part in these competitions.
Since the mid-1970s, Gorniy Vozdukh hosted the USSR Cup and All-Union competitions in ski jumping for the award of the newspaper Sovetskiy Sakhalin, which attracted the country's strongest skiers. During this period, a new hotel opened for business at the complex. The hotel was located in a four-storey building with comfortable rooms, an aerarium, a dining room, and lounges.
Since the mid-1990s, the tourist complex was in a state of neglect. Almost all facilities were in a state of disrepair. Only in 2004 did a gradual revival of this unique part of the island's capital begin.
The complex is now equipped with a modern gondola and chair lift, which connects the upper area of the complex with the city. The new facility allows skiers and snowboarders to climb to the top of the mountain in maximum comfort. The cableway is the world's fastest, the gondolas traveling at a speed of 6 meters per second, each able to carry 8 people with equipment. The gondola and chair lift operates year-round, allowing residents and visitors of Yuzhno-Sakhalinsk to admire the panorama of the city, regardless of the season.
Ministry of Sport, Tourism and Youth Policy of the Sakhalin Oblast
|Phone number:||8 (4242) 51–11–10|
|Address:||Sakhalin Oblast, Yuzhno-Sakhalinsk|