Winter Olympics 2014: Sochi to store snow as precaution

Organisers of the 2014 Winter Olympics in Russia are to store snow in case this winter's warm temperatures in Sochi are repeated next year.

Some 450,000 cubic metres of snow will be covered with a "special thermo seal" to stop it melting during the summer.

Ski resort director Sergei Bachin said: "This was a very odd winter.

Sochi 2014 Olympic torch relay

  • It kicks off on 7 October 2013
  • The relay is going to last 123 days
  • It will be 65,000km (40,500 miles) long, and pass through all 83 Russian federal regions
  • It will pass "within close distance" of 90% of the Russian population
  • There will be 14,000 torch-bearers and 30,000 volunteers involved

"I want to assure all the competitors that there won't be any shortage of snow next February even if we encounter even warmer temperatures next year."

The Black Sea resort of Sochi was chosen ahead of South Korea's Pyeongchang to host the Winter Olympics, which start with the opening ceremony on 7 February.

Bachin, general director of the Roza Khutor ski resort in the nearby Krasnaya Polyana mountains, added: "Even locals don't remember when was the last time they had such warm days in the mountains.

"It's highly unlikely we'll see the same kind of weather next year [but] we're storing huge amounts of snow just in case."

The Roza Khutor will host the Alpine skiing, snowboarding and freestyle events.

Bachin continued: "Of the 76 Olympic test events scheduled in Krasnaya Polyana this winter a great majority had been completed and only a handful have been called off because of bad weather."