Ol-Gul ski base named after lakes
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Ol-Gul ski base named after lakes

May 05, 2022

In 1968, an old wooden building of the ski station in the village of Sredny burned down. Norilsk was left without a base for winter sports for almost ten years.

#ARCTIC. #SIBERIA. THIS IS TAIMYR. In those days, there were over 20 tourist bases in the Norilsk vicinity. Some of them worked year-round and even rented skis, but they could not provide full-fledged training there.

In the 1970s, Norilsk decided to build a new full-fledged shelter for skiers. In search of a place, the eyes of the authorities turned to Talnah, skiers’ favourite place, but stopped halfway – on a lakes chain with the common name Big Ol-Tul, which was transformed into the name Ol-Gul.

The two-story building with a warm, spacious hall opened its doors on November 17, 1977. There was a place for storage for 2,500 pairs of skis, and for a buffet, and for tennis tables, even for a caretaker’s apartment.

In 1983, the first illuminated ski run appeared at Ol-Gul.

In addition to mass rental, there were two children’s and youth sports schools – No. 3 and No. 6, which still train and graduate dozens of skiers every year (including the author of the text).

Last year, the 45-year-old building of Ol-Gul was declared unsafe and its work was temporarily suspended. Nevertheless, on the base adjacent territory they continue to make an all-season center for family tourism and recreation.

In the previous History Spot photo project publication, we told that the architects saw Metallurgists square as a new public center: the 60 Years of October cinema was supposed to be an element of a whole cultural complex.

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Text: Svetlana Ferapontova, Photo: Nornickel Polar Branch archive

May 05, 2022

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