The Russians Are Already Stockpiling Snow For 2014 Winter Olympics

The Russians Are Already Stockpiling Snow For 2014 Winter Olympics

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The Russians Are Already Stockpiling Snow For 2014 Winter Olympics

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The Russians are worried that a lack of snow will leave them high and dry for the 2014 winter games in Sochi, Russia. In order to prevent an olympic catastrophe Chernobyl in size the crafty Russians are stockpiling snow in the mountains at a reported cost of roughly $11 million.

Dmitry Chernyshenko, chair of the organizing committee told USA Today that 400 snow-making generators will be pumping out snow anytime temperatures dip below 59.

So far the Russians have stockpiled 440,000 cubic meters of snow and covered it with a “special thermo seal” at seven “reservoirs” located in the mountains. They figure they’ll lose 140,000 cubic meters over the summer but will still have plenty to host all winter mountain events.

Fears of a snowless winter arose last season after several olympic test events were canceled due to a lack of snow.

 

The 2014 Olympics in Sochi is expected to cost $8 Billion more than the three previous Winter Olympics combined.

Among costs are…

  • 60 miles of new roads and rails
  • 37 miles of tunnels
  • 440 miles of fiber optic cable
  • A light rail system
  • A new airport
  • Two new power stations
  • 30,000 new hotel rooms
  • A new seaport and several new sewage treatment plants.

 

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