#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.
Text: Svetlana Ferapontova, Photo: Nornickel Polar Branch archive