And I thought Northern New England was suffering from a lack of snow...Olympic organizers in Vancouver are scrambling at the moment to ensure the freestyle snowboarding and skiing events have enough snow to go ahead next week. According to an article in USA Today, January temperatures averaged nearly 45 degrees this year, causing flowers to prematurely bloom in and around the city and giving the folks in charge of the Olympic events at Cypress Mountain a severe case of anxiety.
The article goes on to detail how a fleet of helicopters and dump trucks have been called in to shuttle snow from higher elevations down to Cypress Mountain. An average of 780 tons - that's a lot of snow - has been dumped each day for the past week by the choppers, with more runs expected up until the start of the games. Unfortunately, the long-term forecast for the region is full of rain, not snow, which means maintaining the surface becomes a secondary battle once the snow has been put in place.
Fortunately, today's Olympic athletes are nothing if not adaptable. They've worked their entire career to get to this moment, so odds are they won't let a little warm weather (literally) rain on their parade!