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Lack of snow on Olympic mountain

Snowboarders arriving in Vancouver for the Winter Olympics could be faced with a bare and muddy mountain, it has been feared. Unexpected warm weather led to Cypress Mountain, venue for the snowboarding and freestyle skiing events, being closed to the public two weeks ahead of schedule. Now with the skiers and snowboarders arrival approaching, organisers have had to consider contingency plans for holding the events amid a snow shortage. Canadian Freestyle Ski Association CEO, Peter Judge, said: "They're kind of in crisis mode." However, Mr Judge expects the events to go ahead following news from meteorologists that the mountain had 11 inches of new snow on Monday. He added: "This snow makes for a great base. Much more durable than fresh snow. We train on glaciers all summer long. We don't need a lot of snow." The shortage recalls events on the mountain last February when poor snowfall led to the cancellation of a parallel giant slalom event.

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