All-weather ski track opens in Sokolniki Park
An all-weather ski track has opened in Sokolniki Park. It runs along 2nd Luchevoi Prosek. The section is characterised as especially durable due to the natural and artificial snow on which one can ski even during light weather fluctuations.
The trail was prepared for the winter season with a snow groomer, a machine used on mountain slopes of ski resorts.
The trail stretches for nearly two kilometres. In the evening it is illuminated with street lamps. To preserve the snow cover, the track is protected by a fencing net on both sides.
On 27 November, the #allUMBRELLA ski relay will take place there. Participants will have to cover the distance with an umbrella, the symbol of the all-weather track. Skiing on the track is free.
When the permanent snow blanket appears, the five-kilometre ski track will open on Vorobyovy Gory. In Muzeon Arts Park, a tubing slide with two lanes, six and 12 metres high, will be open starting 1 December.
For those who enjoy outdoor winter activities, the city will have 264 ski tracks of nearly 640 kilometres; 76 skiing centres; 577 snow and ice towns and ice slides; 19 ice swimming sites; 470 skate, ski, sledge, tubing, snowboard and motorised snowboard rental points; and 1,745 multipurpose winter grounds.
Cold weather has brought the beginning of the skating season closer for Moscow. There are plans to open 1,445 skating rinks, including 187 artificial ice rinks, in the city. Gorky Park will be the first to kick off the skating season on 17 November.
In the rest of the parks, ice rinks are scheduled to open on 26 November. Their opening will be marked by concerts, ice and lighting shows, figure skating performances, masterclasses in figure skating and hockey matches.