Eduard Dell, the manager at Wintersteiger's Russian subsidiary, which was set up in 2008, said, "About 80% of the ski and snowboard service machines and most of the storage and depot equipment for the Rosa Khutor and Gornaya Karusel ski resorts and the Laura biathlon and cross-country centre (Gazprom Mountain Resort) were delivered to Russia from Ried." The orders processed over the last three years have amounted to approximately five million euros.
Hotels, ski rental centers, and ski service stations equipped.
The first deliveries in 2010 were taken to the Rosa Khutor Alpine Resort, the venue for the alpine skiing events. They contained storage lockers and drying systems for seven hotels and 50 holiday cottages, equipment for the ski rental center, which included ski storage systems and their rental software, and service machines for skis and snowboards. Two service stations at the "Laura", the venue for the cross-country ski and biathlon competitions, were then equipped with Wintersteiger machines.
In June 2013, the company received the go-ahead for another large project, the equipping of the ski rental center and the ski service stations at Gornaya Karusel. The Gornaya Karusel skiing complex is not a venue for the Winter Olympics, but it is very close to the competition sites. Wintersteiger delivered storage lockers and ski service machines here as well, with drying systems for ski boots and helmets, and BootDoc foot analysis products that allow individually fitted insoles and compression socks to be created completing the order.
Wintersteiger trusted by the Russian Ski Association.
In addition to the above, the Russian Ski Association invested in four racing stone grinding machines, so that the skis and snowboards belonging to Russian athletes can be prepared for various disciplines such as alpine, cross-country and biathlon. In January 2013, the Russian Olympic Committee tested around 250 racing structures on Wintersteiger machines, with ski service experts and athletes actually trying out the different structures on the racecourses in Rosa Khutor in a range of weather and snow conditions. The top 25 structures, i.e. the structures with the best results, were then stored in the Russian Olympic Committee's database.
A winter sports country of the future.
The Russian government has decided to build a large ski resort in North Caucasus. The project is expected to be completed in 2020 and to be on par with the biggest ski resorts in Europe. The first investment steps were taken shortly after the decision was made, with Wintersteiger being asked to supply the ski service machines and equipment for a ski rental center in Arkhyz, the largest and most important of five skiing areas planned in the Karachay-Cherkess Republic.