Olympics

Sochi preparing with stale snow?

NESN
Share This Story

   
 

The 2014 Winter Olympic Games are just around the corner, and Sochi has been busy making the preparations all year.

NESN
Looking for more scoops on your favorite New England sports teams? Check out NESN.

Because of uncertainty about the weather conditions in the area come February, Sochi began storing snow in 2012 just in case there isn’t enough snowfall to cover the landscape, according to Yahoo! Sports. The snow has been kept cold all through the spring and summer underneath large insulating blankets.

Organizers gathered 16 million cubic feet of snow — about the same amount as how much water flows over Niagara Falls in four minutes — in anticipation of the games, which, at $50 billion, will be the most expensive Olympics ever. The city also plans to use 200 snow blowers and water from nearby lakes to pump out some man-made flakes throughout the site of the games.

“This is kind of a safeguard for the future,” said Sergei Bachin, the director general of the Roza Khutor resort that will host Sochi’s Alpine skiing and snowboarding events.

“We can make such an amount of snow over several nights that we could host the games even if there was not a single snowfall,” Bachin told The Associated Press.

Russian meteorologists reportedly have had trouble predicting what the weather and snowfall will be like in February because of a lack of historical data on the area. The sole weather station close by is 1,600 feet below the competition slopes and has been operational for only 10 years.

Related Stories

Member Comments

Please note by clicking on "Post comment" you acknowledge that you have read the Terms of Use and the comment you are posting is in compliance with such terms. Be Polite. Inappropriate posts may be removed by the moderator.

powered by


OLYMPIC VIDEOS

Olympian Van Dyken injured in ATV accident

Posted: Jun 09, 2014
America's Pregame provides an update on the condition of former Olympic swimmer ...

Phelps clocks fastest qualifying time in return

Posted: Apr 24, 2014
Michael Phelps clocks the fastest qualifying time in 100-meter butterfly at the ...

Clark claims 7th US Open halfpipe crown

Posted: Mar 09, 2014
Watch Kelly Clark land the first-ever cab 1080 en route to claiming her 7th win ...

Gold wins US Open halfpipe

Posted: Mar 09, 2014
Watch Taylor Gold's US Open-clinching run in the halfpipe, featuring an epic Fro...

Blind skier prepares for 2014 Paralympic Games

Posted: Mar 07, 2014
Blind skier Staci Mannella pushes the limits as she prepares for the 2014 Paraly...

Fox Sports Store