History

The sports and tourist complex is located in close proximity to the capital of the Republic of Karelia, Petrozavodsk city, on the Jalguba bay shore of the Onega Lake. 

The meaning of the name Jalguba comes from dividing the word into two parts: “Jal” and “Guba”. The first part takes its roots from the Baltic-Finnish languages; “Jalo” deriving from the Veps language, meaning “big”. The second part of the word “Guba” is from the Russian dialect, and it means “bay”. The name Jalguba is the same as the name of a small village located nearby.

WHY IS THE BAY CALLED BIG?

That’s easy.  By comparison there is a smaller bay called Pin’guba, which is located nearby. Its name originates from the word “pieni”, which means “small” in Veps, and “guba” referring to “bay”. 

There is also a settlement of the same name. 

The places are remarkably picturesque…  

Jalguba village is surrounded by rock hills of more than 100 metres in height. Geologists believe they are the remains of ancient volcanoes. North of the village is the mountain Lebjazhia, and to the left is a volcano range, the base of which Berezovie Mosti village can be found. To the Southwest is the mountain Bolshaja Vera (from “Vaara” – Baltic, Finnish for “mountain”), its southern slope is seen from Petrozavodsk. The middle of the mountain hosts the Botanical Gardens of Petrozavodsk State University. Some compare Jalguba’s surroundings with Kamchatka, although local volcanoes have been dormant for several hundred million years. 

The view from the mountaintop is very interesting. The houses in Jalguba look itsy bitsy, while the sandy bay shore is very picturesque, and the bay itself looks like a giant leg with a toe facing towards the north. 


The bay's length is 7 km, spanning 500-600 metres wide and with an average depth of 5-6 metres. 

Jalguba is an old Russian village that was first mentioned in the XVI century. The history of the village is linked with the name Boris Godunov. According to legend, one of the village residents, Vasiliy Merkulov healed (by “licking”) the wounds on the Boris Godunov’s leg. For this, he was granted a so-called “obelnaja gramota”, a document that grants the holder the right not to have to pay any so-called “heart-money” or other taxes.

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The emergence of the active leisure centre "Jalgora" in this area is no coincidence. It is a place filled with the spirit of sports events and accomplishments. 

Petrozavodsk resident Vitaliy A. Vibornov discovered the mountain right across from the old village of Jalguba in 1959. It loomed over the bay and the only possible way to get there was through the village via the bay. It became the perfect place to create the Jalguba alpine ski centre. 

The construction of the centre was based around the enthusiasm of passionate and like-minded people like Vitaliy A. Vibornov and his trainees. On their own they set up the electricity, deforested and conducted explosive work to level the slope and to prepare it for riding. Vitaliy Vibornov himself turned a tractor into a snowmobile for a more effective and faster means of preparing the slope. 

The first lift was built in the 1970s. 

In the late 1980s, the building of a nearby summer community was accompanied with the construction of a first road.

In the 1990s, the complex was equipped with a giant slalom course. It hosted alpine skiing competitions at the Republic level. 

Vitaliy Vibornov trained a series of Karelian alpine skiing sportsmen. 

Plans for the development of cross-country skiing are being considered for the area. Topographic features allow for the creation of ski runs at an international level. These plans were elaborated by Vitaliy Vibornov's colleague, Stanislav K. Anikiev, the master of sports in cross-country skiing and coach of the Russian national team at world championships. 

In 2009, after the untimely death of Vitaliy, Vibornov the founder of the Jaluba sports centre, many people tried to save, support and continue to transform the complex and to contribute to its rebirth. Unfortunately, many problems arose and grass slowly began to take over the slopes. 

In 2012, famous Russian snowboarder Dmitriy Vaitkus decided to inherit the legacy of his colleagues and predecessors and created Jalgora, a fundamentally new project complex for alpine skiing, sport and tourism. 

From the get-go, construction of the complex began in a very dynamic mode. The complex will be equipped with modern infrastructure to comply with the up-to-date standards for safe alpine ski sports and a comfortable tourist centre. 

JALGORA CENTER’S WORK WILL BE BASED ON THE DEVELOPMENT OF THREE EQUALLY IMPORTANT DIMENSIONS. 

  • The provision of health and fitness services to support a healthy lifestyle, and to promote winter sports and active water sports in summertime. 
  • The creation of a multi-functional sports complex, a so-called “Mecca” for athletes who are training to compete on both the national and international levels. 
  • The creation of a development centre for children and youth to participate in sports. 

Another important aspect is to promote internal tourism in Russia. We expect that quality infrastructure will attract tourists from outside of Karelia to visit many local sightseeing attractions.