Olympic halfpipe event in danger, in dire need of snow

Posted By: The Ski Channel on January 27, 2010 1:07 pm

Remember a few weeks ago when Cypress Mountain near Vancouver was closed to the public so they could focus on producing enough good-quality snow for the Olympics? Remember how they closed 2 weeks before they had plalnned because the snow conditions were that bad?

Seems the situation has not improved much. This pic was taken by Scott Serfas of TransWorld SNOWboarding:


Yikes. Any room for optimism here? Annie Fast of SNOW said: “The venue for the halfpipe, snowboardcross and a couple ski events, Cypress Mountain sits just 30 minutes outside the city and even in a good year, doesn’t get tons of snow.  Unfortunately, this year has been especially warm. Because of this, the rumors have been flying. What are the IOC ski organizers going to do? How will they build an Olympic quality pipe in the rain? Even the New York Times is wondering—check their story. TransWorld staff photographer Scott Serfas is a Vancouver local, so he went up to scope the venue. The report is not pretty. Serfas said, “I went up there and not surprising,  they weren’t letting anyone around the area. I guess they’ve had enough bad press.” They turned him around, but Serfas got crafty and found some vantage points to shoot the lower parts of the mountain. Wow.”

Wow indeed. Let’s hope for something good in the next couple weeks…