The 67th International SCIJ Meeting
Rosa Khutor 2020.

Between palm trees and Caucasus peaks!


Dear SCIJ friends,
We are happy to announce that we are ready to welcome you to the 67th international meeting at Rosa Khutor ski resort, located in Russia's magnificent mountain sports region of Sochi that hosted the 2014 Winter Olympics. It is an incredible place — the ski resort is so close to the Black Sea coast that you may see water surface from the ski slopes. The climate at the resort is mild, the locals are hospitable and open-minded. Come and break your stereotypes about “gloomy” Russia!
The 67th winter meeting of SCIJ will be held from January 18-25, 2020. It is the first time the SCIJ meeting will be held in Russia since its creation. The event is organized by the SCIJ Kazakhstan and SCIJ Russia teams with the support of the main partner - the Rosa Khutor Olympic ski resort.
Our host resort Rosa Khutor is located in the very south of the Russian Federation in the mountain village Krasnaya Polyana and is 50 km away from Sochi — the city where the ХХII Olympic games were held in 2014.
Today, Rosa Khutor is a year-round world-class mountain resort with amazing ski slopes designed by the world’s leading experts in accordance with the highest service and safety standards and provides a wide variety of activities for guests. For skiing and snowboarding, there are more than 100 km of various slopes including 13 km FIS certified slopes and 29 modern ski lifts. The winter sports area is situated between 940 and 2,320 m above sea level. Rosa Khutor is the largest of the four Krasnaya Polyana ski resorts.
You can find more information about the resort at
The participants of the SCIJ meeting will be welcomed to Rosa Ski Inn – one of the best hotels in the Mountain Olympic village at an altitude of 1100 m. This 4* hotel has just been renovated and has a ski in / ski out option along with all facilities for riders. The ski rental is in the hotel building.
More information about the hotel:
Though the week, as usual, will be packed with various SCIJ events, we will make time for a day trip to the city of Sochi with its beautiful and modern Olympic Park and the stunning contract between Soviet and modern architectural styles. There will also be a pre-tour of the greater Sochi area (January 15-18) and a post-tour that will, among other things, take participants on an excursion of the iconic Red Square in Moscow (January 25-28). We will share detailed information on pre and post tours additionally.
We will keep you posted on an ongoing basis.
All questions regarding the SCIJ 2020 winter meeting at Rosa Khutor can be sent to

A draft pre and post tour program will be finalized in the coming days, however the initial draft program is available here.
A number of individuals will require a Visa to enter in Russia. You are required to fill out the online registration form and make your meeting payment in full prior to receiving the required invitation letter that will allow you to apply for your VISA. The Russian embassy in your country will also be advised of your arrival.
All participants requiring an entry visa will be covered with a Journalist Visa. This will ensure that your entire stay is covered from the point of entry until you leave. Regular visa fees (check with your local embassy/consulate) will apply.
In addition to the media credentials, each meeting participant will need to provide a bona fide letter of employment or a press card or if you are a freelancer, a letter from one of your key editorial suppliers. Those who don't need a visa are still required to register with the Russian foreign ministry as visiting foreign journalists. It will be easier than getting a visa and won't result in additional fees.
It is your responsibility to allow enough time for the processing of your VISA application. For visa related questions please contact the SCIJ Russia team at
We look forward to seeing you all in Russia at Rosa Khutor resort for a week of crazy skiing, good wine, interesting events and a warm atmosphere!
Best wishes,

The Organizing Committee
SCIJ Kazakhstan
SCIJ Russia

SCIJ takes flight to Russia! 


Dear Friends and colleagues


The International Committee (IC) is very pleased to announce the SCIJ 67th Winter meeting will take place in Rosa Khutor, Russia from January 18 – 25, 2020. 

SCIJ Kazakhstan and SCIJ Russia and the local resort partners, which many of you met during our recent winter meeting, are collaboratively organizing our yearly event. 

This is a special time for SCIJ, since we have not returned to this part of the world since the breakup of the former Soviet Union.


The Rosa Khutor Resort - ''The Best Ski Resort of the Russian Federation'' for 2013-2018 according to World Ski Awards, located at the Black Sea part of the Western Caucasus in the Mzymta river valley and at the Aibga Ridge at altitudes from 560 to 2,509 metres, was built from 2003 to 20011 and hosted the alpine skiing events during the 2014 Winter Olympics and Paralympics. The resort is located is 50 kilometres east of the Black Sea. 

The invitation is for 200 participants at a cost of approximately 350 Euros (excluding SCIJ individual meeting fees) per participant. The fee is expected to cover transfers, accommodations, meals and lift tickets. Pre-and-post tours will also be organized. 

A site inspection is scheduled in early July and more details will be shared shortly thereafter. Most meeting participants will require a Visa to enter the Russian Federation. Therefore, we plan opening the meeting registration process much earlier than previous meetings. 

On behalf of the IC, we have no doubt this meeting organized by SCIJ Kazakhstan and Russia will be an incredible experience all members of our International Association. We wish a great deal of success to the Organizing Committee for a smooth and successful preparation during these coming months!  

More details will follow in the coming weeks. 

Best regards, 

Frederick Wallace
SCIJ President 

Le SCIJ s'envole en direction de la Russie  

Chers amis et confrères, 

Le Comité International (CI) à le plaisir de vous annoncer que la 67e Rencontre d'hiver sera organisée à Rosa Khutor en Russie, du 18 au 25 janvier 2020.

SCIJ Kazakhstan et SCIJ Russie, organiseront la Rencontre en collaboration avec le partenaire local, que beaucoup d'entre vous ont rencontré au cours de notre dernière Rencontre hivernale. 

C'est un moment très spécial pour notre nouvelle association internationale puisque le SCIJ n'est plus retournés dans cette partie du monde, depuis le démantèlement de l'union Soviétique.

La station de ski se trouve sur la crête Aigba dans le Caucase occidental sur le plateau de Rosa Khutor. Elle a été construite de 2003 à 2011 et à accueilli les événements de ski alpin durant les J.O. d'hiver et les jeux Paralympiques de l'hiver 2014. La station se trouve à 50km à l'est de la mer Noire.

L'invitation vaut pour 200 participants et coûtera environ 350€ ( plus les contributions de participation (fee) habituelles.) Le coût couvrira les transferts, le logement, les repas et les tickets de remontées mécaniques. Il y aura également des pre- et post- tours.

Une inspection du site est prévue début juillet et plus de détails vous seront communiqués ensuite. La plupart des participants auront besoin d'un visa pour entrer sur le territoire de la Fédération de Russie pour cette Rencontre.

C'est pourquoi nous débuterons le processus d'enregistrement en septembre, beaucoup plus tôt que lors des Rencontres précédentes.

Au nom du C. I., nous n'avons aucun doute que cette Rencontre organisée par les SCIJ Kazakhstan et Russie sera une incroyable expérience pour tous les membres de notre Association internationale.Nous souhaitons plein succès au Comité Organisateur pour une bonne préparation !

Plus de détails suivront dans les prochaines semaines.



Bien à vous,


Frederick Wallace

SCIJ President