Olympic Planners Hoarding Snow for Sochi Games

'Odd winter' has been warm in Sochi
By Matt Cantor,  Newser User
Posted Mar 26, 2013 9:24 AM CDT
The Rosa Khutor resort forms part of the venue which will host the Sochi 2014 Winter Olympics.   (AP Photo/Mikhail Metzel)

(Newser) – It's been a warm winter in Sochi, Russia, and Olympic planners are worried about next year's Games. So they're hoarding 450,000 cubic meters of snow in a local mountain range, Reuters reports. "I want to assure all the competitors that there won't be any shortage of snow next February even if we encounter even warmer temperatures next year," says Sergei Bachin, the head of a ski resort that will be used in the events.

"We've prepared seven separate areas for snow storage high up in the mountains," and organizers are using a "special thermo seal" to keep it cold, Bachin notes. Some 140,000 cubic meters are likely to "melt away," he adds, but that leaves more than 300,000 cubic meters. The added storage cost: some $11 million. Typically, the Sochi-area village hosting the Games, Krasnaya Polyana, has too much snow. "This was a very odd winter. Even locals don't remember when was the last time they had such warm days in the mountains," Bachin says. (Read more Olympics stories.)

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