Rain Shuts Key Olympic Ski Site

Organizing committee says snow won't be an issue
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Jan 11, 2010 8:00 PM CST
A sign showing that parts of Cypress Mountain are closed for the day is seen as high winds, dense fog and heavy rains melt snow at the Olympic venue in West Vancouver, British Columbia, today.   (The Canadian Press)

(Newser) – The ski resort that will host freestyle and snowboarding events at the Vancouver Games—which begin a month from tomorrow—is closed because of heavy rain, renewing concerns about the mild climate during the Olympics. Soft snow conditions bordering on dangerous forced cancellation of World Cup events there last winter.

But the Vancouver Olympic Games Organizing Committee (VANOC) remains confident there will be enough snow at Cypress Mountain for competition during the Feb. 12-28 Games. "A snow salvage project is under way to conserve snow, and VANOC will decide early on Wednesday whether more intensive snow management is needed," VANOC said in a statement.

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