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Snowy Sochi Olympics: 16,000,000 cubic feet of snow stored for games
Russia Today ^ | January 04, 2014 20:07

Posted on 01/05/2014 2:54:40 PM PST by Dave346

There should be no worries of a snowless Winter Olympic in Russia’s Sochi, as the organizers of the event made sure to stockpile 16 million cubic feet of snow for the competitions.

Though it has been a record warm winter for Moscow, the organizers of the Sochi Olympics can guarantee that there will be enough snow for the athletes in any weather at the Black sea resort of Sochi in Russia.

There will be four different forms of technology used to ensure snowy Olympics in 2014. First of all, eight vaults have been storing snow for over a year under special blankets made from isothermal fabric to keep it from defrosting. The containers are located along the Olympic slopes of the Roza Khutor ski resort on Aibgy Mountain, which will host the event.

Second, there are hundreds of snow cannons scattered around the slopes. They use water from the mountain lakes to make artificial snow.

In addition, a special kind of snow salt is being used as a kind of glue for when and if the snow melts. And finally, mountain gutters gather snow falling at the highest peaks and transport it down to the slopes.

Of course technology is also being utilized by competitors going for gold.

“We are trying to figure out which lubricants are going to provide maximum acceleration in the Sochi snow so that later we could share our findings with the services that are to prepare the equipment for the Russian ski athletes at the Olympic Games,” skier Aleksandr Schastnykh told RT’s Thabang Motsei. For more, watch the report by RT’s Thabang Motsei.


TOPICS: Culture/Society; Russia
KEYWORDS: 2014olympics; sochi

1 posted on 01/05/2014 2:54:40 PM PST by Dave346
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To: Dave346

To the global warming advocates before you get carried away -

Dec 25th, 2012

“”MOSCOW – A bitter cold spell in Russia has claimed 123 lives in the past 10 days, an official said Tuesday, with the unseasonably early freeze testing authorities in a country used to notoriously tough winters.

Temperatures have plunged to up to minus 30 degrees Celsius (minus 34 degrees Fahrenheit) in the Moscow region and up to minus 60 degrees Celsius (minus 51 degrees Fahrenheit) in Eastern Siberia.

“Since the start of the cold, 123 people have died of exposure and frostbite,” a medical source was quoted by the Interfax news agency as saying.

http://newsinfo.inquirer.net/329835/russias-brutal-early-winter-claims-123-lives


I can’t wait for the gorebull warming crowd to assign blame for the lack of snow. We are below normal in the Northwest for snowfall also, but they are making up for it east of us.


2 posted on 01/05/2014 3:15:04 PM PST by volunbeer
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To: Dave346

An Olympic event in Canton South Dakota 1937 lacked an important ingredient so they had to use their current technology by hauling it in via railroad.

http://www.skisprungschanzen.com/EN/Ski+Jumps/USA-United+States/SD-South+Dakota/Canton/0708/


3 posted on 01/05/2014 3:18:47 PM PST by PeterPrinciple
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To: Dave346
Sochi is a former resort for the party elite on the Black Sea. It is probably the first winter olympics site that has palm trees growing there as this photo shows.


4 posted on 01/05/2014 3:24:19 PM PST by xp38
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To: xp38

Looking at a map, Sochi seemed like a strange place to have the winter olympics. It’s also the warmest place in Russia right now: http://www.weather-forecast.com/maps/Russia


5 posted on 01/05/2014 3:32:18 PM PST by Tea Party Terrorist (Why work for a living when you can vote for a living?)
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To: Dave346

6 posted on 01/05/2014 3:44:49 PM PST by rawhide
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To: Dave346

“Storing snow” for over a year, in warehouses? Does. Not. Compute.


7 posted on 01/05/2014 3:48:52 PM PST by carriage_hill (Peace is that brief glorious moment in history, when everybody stands around reloading.)
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To: volunbeer
(minus 34 degrees Fahrenheit)

Bah! 'Tis merely a light chill in the air.


8 posted on 01/05/2014 3:54:02 PM PST by TigersEye (Stupid is a Progressive disease.)
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To: Tea Party Terrorist

Yeah that’s a pretty rough neighborhood.


9 posted on 01/05/2014 3:56:09 PM PST by cripplecreek (REMEMBER THE RIVER RAISIN!)
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To: Dave346
If they need more snow, i've got plenty in my driveway. Come and get it.

CC

10 posted on 01/05/2014 3:57:21 PM PST by Celtic Conservative (tease not the dragon for thou art crunchy when roasted and taste good with ketchup)
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To: volunbeer

It’s the Olympic curse. It always happens. When the winter games were at Whistler we had an El Nino winter with some of the most amazingly warm and sunny winter weather ever.


11 posted on 01/05/2014 4:16:10 PM PST by USNBandit (sarcasm engaged at all times)
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To: USNBandit

I know it’s the Olympic curse, but I am anticipating the usual suspects saying the usual drivel about gorebull warming.


12 posted on 01/05/2014 4:24:09 PM PST by volunbeer
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To: carriage_hill
“Storing snow” for over a year, in warehouses? Does. Not. Compute.

Agreed. I hope they've tried this system before. No matter what the temp, snow piled high eventually turns to ice. It starts out as little ice spheres and eventually all locks together. I hope they have a shredder to make it back into "snow." It might come out like snow cone ice.

13 posted on 01/05/2014 5:29:30 PM PST by Right Wing Assault
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To: Dave346
“We are trying to figure out which lubricants are going to provide maximum acceleration"

Ask Obama. He thinks he knows everything. Pretty sure he actually does know about this stuff.

14 posted on 01/05/2014 6:14:07 PM PST by ClearCase_guy
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