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Ski Center in Mirny - the first in Russia

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The ‘Diamond Valley’ Sports and Recreation Center is one of the largest recreation areas in Mirny district. It is an example to emulate for other ski resorts throughout Russia. Thanks to the snowing system set up by ‘Snow Service’, consisting of several snow cannons and the infrastructure that ensures their operation, this sports area has been able to significantly extend the ski season.

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The problem of the Center is the lack of sufficient snow at a comfortable-cool air temperature, which contributes to preventing snowdrifts from melting for a long time, and most importantly, not losing their properties important for skiing. This problem prevents hundreds of other ski resorts across the country to start the season a month or two earlier, ending the skiing period almost at the end of the calendar spring. We have to wait for natural precipitation, which even at sub-zero temperatures does not always fall in sufficient quantities. It turns out that there is winter but there is no snow.

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Skiers who train in conditions of low snowiness of the slopes are forced to sacrifice sports equipment, which quickly becomes unusable. But everything changes when snow machines are involved in the preparation of the sport complex for the season. The climate of Yakutia allows to open the slopes in September. And this is the earliest time for opening the ski complex in our country, to which Mirny region is grateful for its advantageous geographical position in the north-eastern part of the country.

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Every year ALROSA supports the development of alpine skiing. In 2017, the Company acquired electronic timekeeping, ski equipment, and the main purchase of 2017 was the snowmaking system, for which ALROSA allocated about 16 million rubles. In 2018, additional financial assistance from the Company allowed the lodge to be repaired, the building was put on the foundation. Finishing works have been completed in the rental building, doors have been replaced.

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Director of the ‘Diamond Valley’ Center Andrei Merkulin told about everything in detail:

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- The ski resort has been operating since 1992 and for the first time in all the years we opened so early. Usually the season starts at the end of February and the beginning of March, but we have a system of artificial snowmaking and we will open the season earlier now - in October-November. This year we deviated from the schedule due to the late autumn, there was no cold weather. And for the snowmaking system you need to have at least -10 degrees. As for equipment, last year we acquired two snow cannons and one gun, a pumping station and pipelines. This year we have assembled all this and launched artificial snowmaking. he system is Polish, in practice it showed itself very well. It is inexpensive and has proved to be excellent in work - it gives out a lot of snow with a small expenditure of electricity and water. In addition, we launched the lighting of the slope, until ten in the evening you can ski safely. We also installed trap nets and signs for security. We still have work ahead; I think that in a week we will open the second slope. Schedule is Wednesday - Sunday. We also cooperate with Moscow in order to attract tourists to extreme ‘pokatushki’ (skiing).

Last Saturday we have opened the main slope of four. There were held competitions for participants from Aikhal, Udachny and Lensk. At the season opening, we had a giant slalom in snowboarding and downhill skiing. Everything went well. 4 people came from Aikhal, 8 from Udachny and 15 from Lensk. Children who will take part in the Winter ‘Children of Asia’ Games in Sakhalin also competed at the competition. They had a kind of a training camp.

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Reference: In 2016, at the initiative of the Head of the Republic of Sakha (Yakutia) Egor A. Borisov, the International Committee of the ‘Children of Asia’ Games decided to hold 1st Winter ‘Children of Asia’ International Sports Games. The main contender for 1st Winter ‘Children of Asia’ Games was the city of Yuzhno-Sakhalinsk, Sakhalin Region, which is ready to host the Games in 2019. Favorable climate, snowy and warm winter, transport accessibility of sports facilities, the availability of hotel infrastructure, as well as the availability of catering facilities - all these factors are of great importance for the Games.

In total, more than 50 athletes took part in the competition. The event was organized by the ALROSA Cultural and Sports Complex and the ‘Diamond Valley’ Sports and Recreation Center.

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Dmitry MIKHAILOV