Russia: Sochi will have enough snow for Olympics
Sochi will have enough snow for the Winter Olympics in February,
Russia’s chief weather forecaster vowed Friday.
Concerns about a snowless Olympics were raised after two test
events in Sochi had to be cancelled last February because of a lack
of snow or rainy weather. The resort city on the Black Sea is the
only sub-tropical region of Russia.
Organizers, however, worked out a Plan B, which included storing
450,000 cubic meters of last year’s snow on the slopes through
summer and installing what they described as Europe’s biggest
But Roman Vilfand, director of the Russian Meteorological
Office, said Friday the organizers will probably not need the extra
snow because data shows that Sochi will have enough natural
The snow cover now in the mountains above Sochi is already 52
centimeters (20 inches), unusually high for this time of year,
Vilfand told the Itar-TASS news agency.
He insisted the snow base will stay even if January is warm and
”For the snow cover this deep, this isn’t a problem,” he
The 2014 Winter Olympics, which runs Feb. 7-23, will hold indoor
events like skating and ice hockey in the coastal city of Sochi
while outdoor sports such as skiing will be held in the mountains
dozens of kilometers (miles) away from the coast.