Because you can never have enough ice at a party, Russia is freezing a ridiculous amount of snow for the 2014 Sochi Winter Olympics.
RiaNovosti (h/t Larry Brown Sports) reports officials at the Rosa Khutor resort holding the Winter Games will refrigerate what amounts to roughly 450,000 cubic meters of snow, making sure there will be plenty for the Olympics.
Everyone has had that awful feeling as they walk in their house with bags of groceries. Damn, I forgot to get ice.
Well, Russia is trying to negate the very same thing happening next year—albeit on an international scale.
The fear is "insufficient snowfall and balmy temperatures " could render the resort with far less snow than is needed for the games.
All of you winter sports fans can rest easy as we meander towards the summer months, there will be plenty of powder next year, via a statement from the resort.
Storing snow from the 2012-2013 season will allow us to avoid the risk of insufficient natural snow quantities or anomalous temperatures next season.
The 450,000 cubic meters of 'last year's' snow is the volume that will guarantee the necessary covering on the slopes of Rosa Khutor, even in the worst weather conditions.
Understandably, you might wonder how one goes about storing all of that snow. I was really hoping there was some intern going door to door asking to use people's freezers.
Alas, it's far less ridiculous but no less astonishing.
It seems there will be "seven special on-site reservoirs" and each can hold a maximum of 100,000 cubic meters of snow at a cost of 250 million rubles—or $8 million.
Before you consider this a gross overreaction on Russia's part, the report states that warmer temperatures this season have already seen some events cancelled: Cup of Russia Nordic combined event and the slopestyle disciplines of the freestyle World Cup.
Thankfully, Russian officials are thinking ahead to make sure there is no catastrophe at next year's Olympics. I think we all agree that not having snow at the Winter Games constitutes a catastrophe, which should serve as a reminder that you can never have enough ice.
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