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Take some of ours
March 27, 2013 - Ron Deuter
Reports out of Sochi, Russia, say its been a warm winter, and Olympic planners are worried for next year’s Winter Games. As a result, organizers are hoarding 450,000 cubic meters of snow in a local mountain range.
"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," Sergei Bachin, the head of a ski resort that will be used in the events told Reuters. "We've prepared seven separate areas for snow storage high up in the mountains."
Organizers are using a "special thermo seal" to keep it cold, Bachin noted. Bachin predicts that some 140,000 cubic meters are likely to melt away, but that leaves more than 300,000 cubic meters. The storage cost is $11 million.
Typically, the Sochi-area village hosting the Games, Krasnaya Polyana, has too much snow.
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