New Artek children's camp to be established in North Caucasus
The North Caucasus plans to build ski, beach and thermal resorts. An all-year youth camp similar to the Soviet-era child camp Artek will be opened. It will be built at Mount Verblud near Pyatigorsk. Construction will start in 2012, ITAR-TASS cites the governor of the Stavropol Territory as saying.
The idea to form a camp similar to Artek in the Crimea or Orlyonok in the Krasnodar Territory was born in the Soviet era. The area is unique for its climate. The camp was planned to become an all-year resort facility with account of the opportunities from the Kavkazskiye Mineralniye Vody.
The platform will take up 55 hectares. It will be connected with a highway and other communications. The Airport of Mineralniye Vody will be 18 km away. Many tourism routes to ski resorts under construction will start there. This includes the ski resorts of Arkhyz, Dombai and Elbrus.
Russia plans to build 5 ski resorts: Lagonaki (Adygea), Arkhyz (Karachay-Cherkessia), Elbrus-Bezengi (Kabardino-Balkaria), Mamison (North Ossetia-Alania), Matlas (Dagestan). The government plans to add the coastal areas of the Caspian Sea (Dagestan), the Kavkazskiye Mineralniye Vody (Stavropol Territory) and Ingushetia.