Elbrus ATRC

Veduchi resort is being built in the picturesque Kharachoy-Akhk river valley in the Itum-Kalinsky district; it is located just 1.5-2 hour drive from Grozny Airport. 

With engagement of French Compagnie des Alpes and Poma S.A.S., a diversified ski infrastructure is being designed and created here. The South-oriented slope, the first facilities of which were launched on January 26, 2018, will be interesting for novice skiers, while the North-oriented slope, facilities of which are now being designed, will be appreciated by experienced tourists. In addition, after ropeways and pistes are commissioned on the North-oriented slope of Daneduk mountain range, where the snow lies longer (November through April), Veduchi ATRC will be able to offer a longer ski season for its guests.

For advance development of the resort, to attract additional investments and to start formation of a stable tourist flow in Veduchi ATRC project, the zero-stage was specified and basic ski infrastructure facilities were built to introduce winter sports and recreation to the locals and visitors of the Chechen Republic. 

This are 4-seat chair ropeway with throughput 1,200 people per hour, about 850 meters long, and a blue piste about 1 km long, with artificial snow system, a children’s playground with conveyor lift, a support-free ropeway with a training slope and a service center for active recreation. A school of professional ski instructors Veduchi Peak, with about 25 people staff, a ski equipment rental service with 350 sets of equipment, and a service workshop were opened. 

The accommodation infrastructure of the resort is currently represented by Edelweiss hotel for 86 rooms and 216 beds and a modern tourist base, there shall also be eight comfortable double rooms, and an economy class hostel for 40 beds.

The resort is being developed with private investors involved to construct commercial infrastructure facilities, hotels, tour desks, leisure and entertainment centers. Now, Veduchi SEZ has three registered residents — Veduchi LLC, Vershina LLC and Peak LLC with the total declared investment of about RUB 12.4 billion.

Veduchi resort develops as an all-season recreation site. In the summer season 2018, which was the first for Veduchi ATRC, there are a horse club, ATV and mountain bike rentals, as well as a tour desk, where guests can buy a guided ATV or Jeep tour to historical sites in the Chechen Republic. Edelweiss hotel resort also has a restaurant for 100 seats, a lobby and karaoke bars, entertainment and wellness area with pool, sauna and hammam opened for tourists. A chairlift, from which guests can admire the views of Daneduk Ridge, operates in tour mode.

As during the winter vacation season, the cost of tourist season tickets is fixed at an affordable level: adult ski pass for one ascent and descent on a rope-way costs RUB 400, and children ski pass — RUB 200. The resort offers discounts for benefit-entitled citizens.

After reaching the full project capacity, in Veduchi ATRC, there shall be 17 pistes of 16.5 km, 7 ski lifts, a hotel resort and a chalet village, service centers, a ski school, rental and service centers, restaurants and cafes. The resort will be able to accommodate up to 4800 visitors per day.

The social and economic impact of the Veduchi project implementation in 2025 shall cumulatively deliver the following indicators: SEZ residents will create about 700 jobs, tax payments will be about RUB 600 million, the contribution of the project in GRP will be over RUB 2.15 billion. The tourist flow will be 627 thousand people cumulatively.