Russia's Rosa Khutor, German View

PHOTO by Mihail Mokrushin / RIA Novosti
German journalists visited Rosa Khutor to review the Russian ski resort that played host to a number of Olympic events in 2014

Last month, a Condor Airlines charter linked Berlin with Sochi, and the first flight brought travel industry experts and German journalists to the Black Sea resort.

According to Silke Stuck, a journalist at Sueddeutsche Zeitung, people at the resort are "more pleasant, more open, more relaxed," and many speak English. She said that Rosa Khutor is barely different in comparison to Austrian or Swiss resorts, "except, perhaps, for simplified requirements concerning safety regulations as well as the availability of self-service borscht, pancakes with condensed milk and chicken Kiev," she said.

The reporter also noted that the 800,000 Russian tourists who visit the resort during the winter are not enough. Despite the fact that the slopes are crowded during the holidays, Rosa Khutor lacks travellers, both Russian and foreign, for the rest of the season.

Listing the advantages of the resort, Stuck noted good slopes, 77 kilometres of marked ski runs, modern Austrian lifts, the presence of international hotel chains and very accessible Internet.

At the end of 2016, Sochi was voted the most popular Russian resort among foreign tourists.