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Any Americans here travelling to Sochi next winter?

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02-14-2013, 01:01 PM
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Any Americans here travelling to Sochi next winter?

Looking to get people together. I will be in Bulgaria prior and will be travelling to the Olympics and seeing if anyone here was going. Possibly travelling together too.

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would love to go, but depends on the cost. plus not sure if you can buy specific games or you have to purchase a pack of games as I would obviously want tickets for all the US games.

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would love to go, but depends on the cost. plus not sure if you can buy specific games or you have to purchase a pack of games as I would obviously want tickets for all the US games.
I think USA Hockey has tickets allotted for those US fans to purchase but I could be wrong. Flying to Russia will be so expensive at that time from the US that if anyone would need help searching for flights on smaller websites I can assist.

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I will be there barring an unforeseen unfortunate chain of events.

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I wish I could go, but I'm aiming for Korea in 2018 instead.

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Would go, but already on the package (and therefore saving up for) US Soccer at the World Cup in Brazil later that year. If US doesn't qualify however, I'll likely convert that to Sochi money.

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I'll bring some Rakia and we'll trade. Like our great ancestors use to. I'll be excited to be there. Gotta start to look at tickets. Never been to any international games as they don't tend to happen around here. Know where to look?

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I'll bring some Rakia and we'll trade. Like our great ancestors use to. I'll be excited to be there. Gotta start to look at tickets. Never been to any international games as they don't tend to happen around here. Know where to look?
I believe tickets are distributed through our Olympic Associations. I did go to the Turin Olympics and I was able to buy tickets on a website and pick them up at the game. I also bought a couple off a very sketchy British scalper (USA vs Slovakia). Very few games were sold out when I was there.

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Does anyone have an idea how much the tickets would cost? I'm guessing a little bit less than they were in Vancouver, or maybe not.

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Does anyone have an idea how much the tickets would cost? I'm guessing a little bit less than they were in Vancouver, or maybe not.
Tough to say. Tickets to the World Championships in Moscow were very reasonable as were the tickets to the last European Olympics in Turin. I seem to remember spending $30-40 face value for Turin tickets and around $100 for a scalped ticket. Considering NHL ticket prices that's a steal.

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Does anyone have an idea how much the tickets would cost? I'm guessing a little bit less than they were in Vancouver, or maybe not.
It's not announced yet but the prices will propably be much less than in the Nordic countries or in Canada. Russia in general is quite cheap.

And the people are lovely, don't believe the media horror stories. If there's one word to describe Russia it's FUN.

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I will be in Switzerland during this time and am planning on spending a few days over there. Anybody have any idea what the accomodation situation is like? I imagine the hotels are already filling up. Any good sites for apartment/house stays?

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I will be in Switzerland during this time and am planning on spending a few days over there. Anybody have any idea what the accomodation situation is like? I imagine the hotels are already filling up. Any good sites for apartment/house stays?
The hockey games will be in Sochi itself. If you want to see any skiing or those sorts of events, they will be a roughly 45 minute drive up into the mountains. I'd assume they will have buses of some kind.

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Xokkeu, thanks for the information I've been to the area. My questions was more in regards to if some of the surrounding towns had significant accommodation options as well. There's actually a light rail thats been built between Sochi/Adler and the mountain venues in Krasnaya Polyana so accessibility shouldn't be an issue.

Sochi, while being a resort town, would need a ton of hotels built to support all of the traveling fans in the Olympics.

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Xokkeu, thanks for the information I've been to the area. My questions was more in regards to if some of the surrounding towns had significant accommodation options as well. There's actually a light rail thats been built between Sochi/Adler and the mountain venues in Krasnaya Polyana so accessibility shouldn't be an issue.

Sochi, while being a resort town, would need a ton of hotels built to support all of the traveling fans in the Olympics.
The light rail must be new because last time I was there the road up to Krasnaya Polyana was the only way and it was a rough go, although it was under construction.

There are hotels all along the road from Sochi to Tuapse as it's a main tourist route. Unfortunately most of them aren't really set up for people who want to move around and don't have cars. That's because A: many people bring their cars and B: most people don't want to go anywhere. They just want to sit on the beach.

The good news is that all the hotels will be empty outside of Olympic visitors because February is a dead month. I know one hotel owner who isn't even planning to rent his rooms out and is just inviting a few friends because he makes all of his money in the summer anyway.

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