The ski resort “Krasnaya Polyana” invited a shaman from Siberia to attract snowfall. The resort administration announced this on its Telegram channel and posted a video. In the footage, a shaman in traditional dress performs a ritual on top of a mountain to bring snow.
Now the resort is abnormally warm and there is little rainfall. On January 24, the maximum temperature at an altitude of almost a kilometer above sea level reached seven degrees Celsius. The weather is sunny, snow is not expected in the coming days.
Because of this, for example, at the Gazprom resort, they launched a special tariff “Waiting for snow”. With it, you can buy a ski pass for one day skiing for a little less than a thousand rubles instead of the usual four thousand.
At the same time, the conditions for skiing are acceptable, vacationers say. The Rosa Khutor resort reported the day before that the temperature had become negative at night, and it was possible to pour about 900 cubic meters of snow with the help of snow cannons.
Muscovite Nikita, who is now in Krasnaya Polyana, comments.
– There is enough snow for skiing, there are closed slopes, but the weather is comfortable. We are now at Rosa Khutor, and 70% of the tracks are open. There is a southern slope, which was closed after lunch, at 13:00, there are several tracks. In some places on the slopes there are small pebbles, but they are removed by the resort staff. And the guns will be turned on, because at night the temperature here is below zero.
– So the snow is mostly artificial?
– Snow mostly yes, mostly due to cannons, but we’ve been skiing all day since ten in the morning.
According to weather forecasters, in December the average monthly temperature at the ski resort was plus six degrees, only 60% of the rainfall fell. In January, even less snow fell, only 23% of the norm, and the temperature was again breaking records. January 20 at Krasnaya Polyana it was almost 18 degrees Celsius. At the same time, at the end of this week, the resort promises a cold snap and snowfall at all altitudes.