It has been announced that Beijing, China will host the 2022 Winter Olympics. The only problem is that Beijing and the mountains where the ski events will be held receive basically no snowfall. In fact, the area that will be hosting the ski events averages a snowpack of just 2 inches, making the 2022 games the first Winter Olympics to be held on 100% man-made snow.
“The Zhangjiakou and Yanqing Zones have minimal annual snowfall and for the Games would rely completely on artificial snow. There would be no opportunity to haul snow from higher elevations for contingency maintenance to the racecourses so a contingency plan would rely on stockpiled man-made snow. Beijing 2022 presented weather data from 2014-2015 indicating a particular risk for Yanqing in terms of the quality and quantity of snow.”
So, the Chinese will be relying entirely on manmade snow that they will store in massive warehouses. To make things worse, the area is already suffering “severe water stress”, and becoming “increasingly arid”. Snow-making will draw water from established reservoirs, depleting drinking water supplies for the local residents.
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LAKE PLACID, NY – It’s a perfect night in the Adirondacks. The scent of burning fragrant hardwoods in the wood stove wafts to us as we sit on wooden chairs on the back porch, biting our nostrils. The snow is still lightly falling as it has each of the three days I’ve visited my beloved North Country this year. There’s tall timber all around, and the last of winter’s chill is desperately clinging to the tree branches. On this still evening the silence and solitude are both profound and comforting.
My legs ache with the burn of one final, glorious day in our winter paradise, one last rip through all my favorites at Whiteface, my home mountain, including several headwalls worth of moguls to shred, then a long hibernation for the summer as the golf clubs come back out. Lake Placid and Saranac Lake are the perfect bookend to the season and a great backdrop for reflection on a fantastic winter. It’s also time to summarize the ski season in retrospect. So join me in grabbing a cappuccino and a truffle from the Blue Moon Café and let’s look back, beaming broadly in remembrance of a banner year.
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