How does Sochi have enough snow for the Olympics?

By Joe Murgo

Published 02/19 2014 09:54PM

Updated 02/19 2014 10:00PM

It goes without saying that snow is an important ingredient for the Winter Olympics. So what happens when warm weather impacts the quality and quantity of snow? Sustained above-freezing temperatures create slushy snow that can impact winter sports in myriad ways – slowing down alpine skiers and halfpipe riders, making tricks more difficult, and creating dangerous conditions for ski jumpers and cross country skiers.


According to NOAA, Sochi is among the warmest cities to have hosted the Winter Olympics. Snowmaking machines that work in above-freezing temperatures, stockpiled snow, and rock salt are being used to help mitigate the melting, but what’s an Olympian to do? Skiers are turning to an important tool in their Olympic arsenal: wax. The right ski wax makes all the difference. Using more fluorocarbon wax, which repels water and dirt like Teflon, can help Olympic athletes go for the gold – even in less-than-ideal conditions. Learn more.

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