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Trojena is poised to become Saudi Arabia's inaugural year-round mountain retreat, marking a significant milestone as it is set to introduce the country's first-ever ski area. Nestled within the Sarawat Mountains, Trojena is a vital component of the ambitious NEOM project, situated approximately 30 miles (50 kilometers) inland from the coast and in close proximity to the Jordanian border. Although the majority of Saudi Arabia is characterized by desert climates, the southwestern region experiences semi-arid conditions, with Trojena occupying a mountainous terrain ranging from 4,900 to 8,500 feet (1,500 to 2,600 meters) in altitude. Temperature variations in this locale span from -17°C (1.4°F) to 22°C (71.6°F) during the winter, yet snowfall remains infrequent due to the area's inherent aridity.

Trojena's overarching vision entails transforming it into a year-round tourist destination featuring a comprehensive array of amenities. These include a ski village, upscale family and wellness resorts, an assortment of retail establishments, and an array of restaurants. Beyond recreational pursuits, Trojena is anticipated to serve as a venue for sporting events, as well as host cultural festivals, art exhibitions, and musical performances. By the year 2030, this mountain resort is expected to welcome an estimated 700,000 visitors while facilitating the establishment of 7,000 permanent residents in the immediate vicinity, encompassing the project and adjacent residential districts.

Despite its seemingly ambitious scope, the Trojena mountain resort project has already taken tangible strides. In 2022, ground was officially broken for the resort, with a remarkable 1.6 million cubic meters of earth excavated for the planned lake site. Concurrently, the foundation work for the vertical ski village is in progress, with nearly 1 million cubic tons of rock extracted and repurposed to create the lakebed. Furthermore, the site has witnessed snow production and ski testing. Notably, the resort will rely exclusively on man-made snow, supplemented by dry ski slopes. The success of snowmaking technician Jack Lawrie in generating snow in the desert during the previous winter underscores the resort's determination to overcome its climatic challenges and bring its vision to fruition.

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