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Exclamation No snow for winter olympics? - February 4th 2010, 05:31 AM

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Only one venue for the Vancouver Winter Olympic Games is having trouble with recent high temperatures.
The rest of the outdoor events are being held in Whistler, which had record snowfall at the start of the ski season (November 2009), a whopping 418cm on the slopes at highest measurement, that's now left 269cm (105 inches/8ft 9 inches) for a base.
A video, here, clearly shows areas where 32ft of snow sits.

The other venue, Cypress Mountain, has 262cm mid-mountain, but a few weeks ago some of the mountain was bare.

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Snow Conditions New Snow (Over Night): 3 cm

New Snow (Last 24 hrs): 3 cm

New Snow (7 days): 62 cm - mid mountain Alpine Area

Preparation of the courses is proceeding well with snow being trucked and placed from other areas of Cypress Mountain. In addition VANOC is transporting snow from other areas of the Lower Mainland to stockpile and supplement the on-mountain supply.
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Date: Wednesday Feb. 3, 2010 6:52 PM PT
B.C.'s snow woes have been reduced to a punchline on the late night comedy circuit.
David Letterman poked fun at the snow-challenged Cypress Mountain, the venue for 2010 snowboard and freestyle skiing events, during an interview with Olympic gold medal snowboarder Shaun white Tuesday night.
"Now you're off to Vancouver, have they got enough snow for your event?" Letterman joked, eliciting laughs from the audience.
White said he hoped there would be. "We're getting these random rumours that they're saying Russian helicopters flying snow in and they're building the half pipe out of hay then covering it with snow. These are true stories so we'll see."
Still, Letterman didn't let up. "Well, I know they are asking ticket holders to bring their own snow so if you're going do what you can," Letterman said. But it's not only Letterman that's taking shots. The Cypress no snow story is gaining momentum around the world.
Earlier this week, a story in Britain's Guardian newspaper declared that the 2010 Games are headed for disaster, and Vancouver is "far from an Olympic wonderland."
"Vancouver is gripped by dread. Not the typical attitude for a host city, but understandable when you consider that everything that could go wrong, is in the process of going wrong," columnist Douglas Haddow wrote.
Despite the homegrown attempt at damage control, that message is being delivered to millions of people worldwide.
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Olympic officials are bringing in the big guns in a desperate bid to help prepare the snow-challenged Cypress Mountain ahead of the rapidly approaching 2010 Games.
On Wednesday, Vanoc officials enlisted the world's second largest helicopter -- the Sikorsky S64 Skycrane -- to help harvest snow from upper reaches of the mountain and drop it onto the snowboard and freestyle skiing courses.
The machine is normally used to pluck felled trees from forests. At a cost of at least $10,000 an hour, it's another expensive day in the scramble to get ready for the Games.
Two days ago, organizers began trucking in snow to Cypress from Manning Park -- almost 260 kilometres away.
"They want as pure as snow as possible and that's where these trucks are taking it. Yesterday there was 34. Today there's I guess 44," Barry Platt of Emil Anderson Maintenance told CTV News.
Once complete, 150 truckloads of snow will have been transported to Cypress at an estimated cost of $150,000.
Since last week, other helicopters have been airlifting straw bales to build up the courses.
Vanoc says all the expenses are being covered by its contingency fund.
"What we're doing here is only one out of our nine competition venues so largely the contingency was always put aside to deal with it and this is something we're working on," Vanoc's Tim Gayda said.
Personally, I think it's a little silly to say the games are in jeopardy, there are very few events being held at Cypress Mountain compared to those at Whistler, yes the games will be affected and I'm sure the athletes will give feedback once they've been on the mountain.

Cooler temperatures are forecast for Cypress Mountain during the games, with more snow forecast for this Friday/weekend, 5cm, and another 5cm next week.


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Re: No snow for winter olympics? - February 4th 2010, 07:52 PM

AND, even if it weren't snowy, then they'd bring in the artificial snow. It's the biggest winter sports event in the world for christ's sake, of course they're going to spend the money on fake snow.




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Re: No snow for winter olympics? - February 5th 2010, 02:16 AM

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AND, even if it weren't snowy, then they'd bring in the artificial snow. It's the biggest winter sports event in the world for christ's sake, of course they're going to spend the money on fake snow.
They're using snow-making machines, and have been, whenever it's been just below zero. It's quite the technology!


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Re: No snow for winter olympics? - February 5th 2010, 02:31 AM

They're also trucking in natural snow from other places to the venues just in case.


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