Originally Posted by newfydog
I booked tickets today! I guess Sochi is not that popular a spot, and hence we were invited by friends in high places to go to the Olympics with full credentials. Somehow that didn't happen for places like Vancouver or London.
I've never even been to Russia, so we'll spend some time in Moscow. I hear it can be cold in February.
If anyone is in the neighborhood, we need to get together for a (barking) Russian bear vodka!
Sochi isn't very popular for a number of reasons. First, it's always been a summer resort in the past. The ski resort has always been rather undeveloped. Second, it's not very easy to get to from outside Russia. Most people have to fly via Moscow, which makes it more expensive than places with direct flights. Third, the infrastructure wasn't all that great (hence, the high cost of these Olympics), and Russia in general hasn't been tourist-friendly in the past (visa restrictions, very little signage in English, underdeveloped service industry, etc.).
As for Moscow in February, yes it can get fairly chilly. I lived there for a couple of years, and there were a number of days when the high temperature was -20 C (-4 F) in January and February. Wrap up.