When the Games are gone, world-class slopes open up to the rest of us
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It’s been a so-so year for snow in the far west of North America. But you wouldn’t know that at British Columbia’s Whistler Blackcomb, site of the 2010 Games. Anxiety about snowfall prompted planners to expand Whistler’s snowmaking coverage to 8,000 acres (3,240 hectares). As a result, the resort boasted a 50-in. (127 cm) base in late January.
Similar concerns have dogged Sochi, which like Vancouver is near the coast and is sometimes warm in midwinter. So organizers took steps that all but guarantee snow for this year’s Games; the snowmakers have been busy all season. Rosa Khutor is the main ski resort in Krasnaya Polyana, the mountain town above Sochi where about half of the Olympic events will be held.