Alpine skiing and snowboarding are those types of outdoor activities and extreme entertainment that, if possible without special infrastructure, they certainly are not comfortable without it. And since skiing has become a massive entertainment brand that is already far enough from sports, the creation of comfortable conditions for skiers with different levels of training is an important moment in the development of this area in the field of leisure. And in order to create all the necessary conditions, what is now commonly called ski resorts is intended.
The basis of any modern ski resort is one or more ski slopes of one or another difficulty level. These tracks are equipped with lifts for skiers and snowboarders. But the track with a lift is just a track with a lift, they are still preserved in a number of places on the territory of vast Russia, and even near large megacities such as Moscow and St. Petersburg. Such tracks are now commonly called “wild”, and the lifts there are simply a steel cable moving through a motor, to which you need to cling to a special hook. No other amenities are provided on such slopes, and therefore they can not be attributed to the ski resorts as such.
In addition to the slopes and lifts themselves, the ski resort is obliged to provide equipment rental services, instructor services, as well as have catering points, bars, entertainment facilities and a hotel complex on its territory. Some, especially advanced ski resorts may have swimming pools, massage and spa salons, as well as ice rinks, paint-sick clubs and other infrastructure for entertainment during the summer.
Most ski resorts have at their disposal special snow cannons, which make it possible not to depend on heavy rainfall. If there is frost, in a short time these guns are able to form an artificial snow cover of very high quality, often even more suitable for skiing than natural.
Lifts at all ski resorts are paid, they are the main tool for profit in this business. At the same time, the resort administration cannot prevent people wishing to climb along the highway on foot, if this does not pose a security threat to other skiers. However, of course, the guards and other personnel look at such “freeloaders” askance, and try by hook or by crook to limit their number.
Payment for ski lifts in different ski resorts has different, often exotic forms. Most often this is the acquisition of seasonal or daily subscriptions and hourly pay. With hourly pay, as a rule, the more hours are purchased at a time, the cheaper each individual hour is. Seasonal and daily subscriptions are even more beneficial. Of the exotic forms of payment, there is still a payment in places for the number of lifts when the “number of trips” is removed from the ski pass by composting or magnetic rewriting, as in the subway. Despite the rarity of this approach, it can be very convenient. For example, when there are large queues on the lift, part of the time is wasted, waiting, and with time payments, a person loses. In addition, if you pay for the number of trips, it is not necessary to dangle, like a shuttle, up and down, before freezing or a sweat, so as not to squander the card. Since you paid for a certain number of trips, you can, without prejudice to your wallet, go to the toilet, relax, or sit at the bar. Unfortunately, this is a rare way to charge for ski lifts.
The lifts themselves are of several types, each has its own attractive and negative sides. The most common in most ski resorts is probably the tow-type ski lift. It’s just a pole with a shock absorber mounted on a moving cable. You wait until the pole approaches you, grab onto it and begin to move. After that, you can ride this pole for convenience. Such lifts are also paired, with two back hooks. The advantages of such lifts include significant physical exertion when lifting, because you go skiing, just holding on to a pole. This allows you not to freeze while lifting. Its main drawback is associated with the complexity of its use by snowboarders, especially beginners.
Chairlifts on one side are more convenient, especially for lifting with a snowboard, but sitting in a fixed position in the wind is most often very unpleasant. Therefore, most ski resorts, even if only as an alternative, have tow lifts, and there are no other ski lifts at all.
In any case, both the rope and the chairlift require certain handling skills, and it may take some time for beginner skiers to get comfortable and climb without fear. Snowboarders have even more problems with this, but experienced riders do not experience such problems.