3 Feb 2010

Truckloads of snow transported for Vancouver Games

2:19 pm on 3 February 2010

The organisers of next week's Winter Olympics in Vancouver are transporting truckloads of snow to a melting mountain to ensure events go ahead after enduring a record warm January.

With the Games just 10 days away, organisers have been forced to truck in snow from up to 150km away to the Cypress Mountain venue where the snowboard and freestyle competitions will take place.

Cypress Mountain has been severely affected by the warmer weather, but Vancouver Organising Committee chief John Furlong says everything is under control at the venue.

He says Cypress is the only venue that has presented organisers with a significant challenge, but they have backups in place and are on top of the problem.

While there's also been warm weather at the mountain resort of Whistler, Games officials say they've had no problems maintaining sufficient snow at the venues for alpine and Nordic skiing.