Sochi 2014 Winter Olympic Games

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7 February - 23 February - Will athletes and spectators be preparing for snow or sunshine at the Sochi 2014 Winter Olympics?

Check our infographic for the latest forecast to find out.

Sochi 2014

On 7 February, host city Sochi will welcome the 22nd Winter Olympics to Russia with over 2,000 performers in a grand opening ceremony. This marks the start of 16 days of Olympic competition.

With over 90 events in 15 winter sports, 87 nations have so far qualified at least one athlete.

Since Sochi was selected as the host city in 2007, Russia's resort city on the Black Sea has become home to two cluster of new venues:

A high-speed train will run every five minutes between the two parks, transporting more than 86,000 passengers a day.

Sochi's Climate

1,930 miles southeast of the London 2012 Olympic venue, Sochi's climate is warmer than that of past Winter Olympic host cities. In fact, as the top summer holiday beach resort for Russians, palm trees thrive in Sochi!

That may seem surprising but Sochi sits at the same latitude as Nice, with a Mediterranean climate to match. It is however much cooler up in the mountains as air temperature decreases with increasing altitude. 

The Krasnaya Polyana ski resort has top ski slopes up to around 2,000 m, but set only 39 km back from the Black Sea, both the mild climate and warming influence of the sea can be enough to melt snow cover even in winter. This could be an issue during the games.

Snow Reserves

With last year's relatively warm winter temperatures, there is concern that Sochi may not be cold enough for snow. You can find out how cold it does have to be for snow to form on our snow pages.

Alexander Zhukov, the president of Russia's Olympic Committee, has reassured that there will be no problems with snow as officials have been packing reserve snow into refrigerated reservoirs for over a year, ensuring there is an emergency backup supply in case the snow machines fail.

With 430 snow machines installed, there is a system in place ready to create the snow regardless of weather conditions.

Last updated: 5 February 2014