Long queues could be seen at the entrance to the Alpine Ski Centre in Sochi's mountain resort of Krasnaya Polyana and the snow fell heavily, creating the perfect conditions for the keen skiers.
Nevertheless snow machines, known as "snow guns" have been installed on the slopes to give them an extra covering if needed.
But on the first day of the season on Saturday, some skiers were left frustrated by the large crowds and the long queues to get to the ski lifts.
President Vladimir Putin, who has been in power since 2000, has staked his reputation on a successful Olympics. His image abroad has been damaged by what critics say is a clampdown on dissent, and a law banning homosexual "propaganda" among minors.
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