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DaveRocks
09-26-2012, 05:55 PM
are you looking at planning yourself or going with a tour group.. or we can just join your group ;)

I'll be making plans on my own. While a distinct advantage of going with a tour group is that accommodations are secured, the sky-high pricing is not for me. I'm hoping that there will be many hotel options for the general public. We shall see.

FarFarAway: Yes, please do post any info! It would be greatly appreciated! :)

Zemgirl
09-26-2012, 08:17 PM
500 days and then a whole generation of skaters will retire :(

Don't be sad; there is definitely an exciting new generation of skaters coming up, especially in the Russian ladies and dance teams. :)
There will always be new and exciting skaters, but it does seem as though a pretty large number of long-time competitors will be retiring this time around. Plushenko and P/T have been competing since the 1990s, Joubert and Savchenko skated in SLC (not together :D) and Takahashi, Kostner and P/B made their debuts the following year... and there are of course others who have been around for a while. I'll miss a lot of them, and the new generation of skaters born and bred for this system, well, most of them don't do as much for me.

No way am I going to Sochi for the Olympics, though. It will be well beyond my price range.

peibeck
09-26-2012, 08:40 PM
I'll be making plans on my own. While a distinct advantage of going with a tour group is that accommodations are secured, the sky-high pricing is not for me. I'm hoping that there will be many hotel options for the general public. We shall see.


It is a very fashionable resort town, from what I understand, and there are quite a lot of hotels from what I have read online.

I'd recommend an experienced international travel agent if you don't use a tour for something like this though.

It also looks like the area where the skating events is in Sochi itsself, so the temperatures should be nice and mild.

FarFarAway
09-27-2012, 05:52 AM
It is a very fashionable resort town, from what I understand, and there are quite a lot of hotels from what I have read online.


It is and there are ;) But there is one problem: Sochi is not like a normal town, like NY or LA or Vancouver or Seattle. It's very very thin stretch of habitable land on the shores of the Black Sea. It's more like extremely thin and extremely long version of Long Island, NY.

In fact Sochi rather consists of a set of different microcities and it takes quite a lot of time to travel by bus from northernmost to southernmost (where there is an Olympic cluster being built). Even Adler, the part of Sochi closest to Iceberg is not just behind the corner.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sochi

So getting a hotel during Olympics in central and northern parts of the Sochi is okay, since our government promises to build highways and city express train right to the Olympic cluster, but be prepared that it will take some time to get to Iceberg.



It also looks like the area where the skating events is in Sochi itsself, so the temperatures should be nice and mild.
It's actually in the outskirts/suburbs of Sochi. The weather in February when Olympics will take place is rather unpredictable: it may rain, or even sometimes snow with temperatures like +5 +10, or the sun may shine and it'll be something about +15.

DaveRocks
09-27-2012, 04:00 PM
Thanks for the very helpful info, FarFarAway!