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Plenty of snow in Whistler

Whistler’s Olympic Park is all ready to welcome athletes, three weeks before competition starts.

Whistler’s Olympic Park is all ready to welcome athletes, three weeks before competition starts.

Unlike Cypress Mountain, which has been cursed with a lack of snow, the biathlon circuit has twice the amount it needs and planners are expecting more snowfall before the Games start, said John Alder, general manager of Whistler Olympic Park.

“We are ready at all the competition areas,” Alder said yesterday. “They are being groomed daily.”

The Park will host 28 medal events in biathlon, cross-country skiing and ski jumping, the first time in Olympic history all three events will be held at one venue.

John Heilig, ski jump manager, said the venue has 32 pipes with coolants running under the snow, keeping it cold in the warm, damp weather.

“The fog isn’t an issue,” he said. “Our biggest challenge would be really heavy snowfall.”

Whistler’s athletes’ village is also in its “finishing touches” phase, with housekeeping staff working on putting sheets on beds and kitchen crews prepping the dining hall, which will serve 11,000 meals a day.

“This is a very exciting time for us,” said Tim Morrison, general manager of Whistler Village. “(In a matter of weeks), this will be the home of the world’s best athletes.”