Gazprom is Vladmir Putin's favorite ski resort. This might be the reason why you must go through security checks as otherwise only found at airports before entering the gondola feeder lift in the valley. The masts of the lift are protected with fencing against terrorist attacks and are equipped with cameras. The ski resort opened in 2006 and it is said that Putin himself ensured that the partially government-owned Gazprom Company invested here. The Gazprom Mountain Resort is the site of the cross-country skiing and biathlon competitions for the 2014 Olympic Winter Games. The stadium is located on an approx. 1500 m high mountain plateau. The alpine slopes wind through beautiful beech forests and are generally gentle. Many families frequent the resort, but only those with money because Gazprom is probably the most exclusive ski resort in Russia. The Grandhotel Polyana at the base station is a five star hotel and the prices have increased.