Snowfall on Sochi

5 February 2014

SOCHI 2014: Even after more than six years in the planning, there’s one thing Games organisers can’t control - the weather.

Krasnaya Polyana, home of the mountain competition venues, has basked in glorious sunshine for the past few days, but meteorologists are predicting a change early next week. 

The 10-day forecast shows partly cloudy conditions, with rain on Monday.

Temperatures will range from -10 to -1 degrees Celsius.

There has been much talk about whether or not there will be enough snow in the mountains during the Winter Olympics. Now Sochi 2014 officials can breathe easy.

The last snowfall was a week ago, yet Australia’s Cross Country skiers are satisfied there’s a good base.

"The snow's looking great at the minute," Esther Bottomley said.

"The tracks are perfect."

Finnish snow expert Mikko Martikainen was hired by Games organisers in 2010 to make sure there would be enough snow at all the mountain venues.

Two cold-snaps in January brought snow and allowed snow-making teams to create even more of the white stuff to last until the end of the Games.

But they will be challenged by above-average temperatures throughout February, with their biggest concern the Ski Jumping and Nordic Combined venue.

“The Ski Jump is the most challenging when it comes to weather because it’s at the lowest altitude and will be the warmest mountain event ever in the history of the Winter Olympics,” Martikainen said.

On the coast, in subtropical Sochi, weather conditions for the Opening Ceremony at Fisht Stadium on Friday night should be fine – a clear, dry night, of around six degrees.

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