More than 1,000 bales of straw and 300 truckloads of snow keep Olympic halfpipe dreams alive in Mother Nature's absence.
British Columbia’s snow-starved Cypress Mountain, just outside Vancouver, is still set to host the Olympic snowboarding and freestyle events starting February 13 despite a dearth of natural snow. Dump trucks have hauled more than 300 truckloads of snow from neighboring Mount Strachan to Black Mountain where competition will take place. In lieu of snow, workers have built halfpipes and other ski cross and snowboard cross course features from 1,065 bales of straw.
Halfpipe Superstars head to the resort for the first Snowboard HalfPipe Competition this season
Copper Mountain, CO…December 5, 2008… Halfpipe superstars from across the globe have descended upon Copper Mountain this week in preparation for the season's first U.S. Snowboarding Grand Prix coming up Dec. 11-13. In its 13th season, the Grand Prix is the longest standing snowboarding circuit in world.