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Straw supplements snow

Trucking it in

Snow relocation

Bales away

The snowboard cross course

To preserve less-than-expected amounts of snow at Vancouver's Cypress Mountain, Olympic organizers are using bales of straw to help bulk up the snowboard pipe and other venues.
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Trucks are used to carry snow from higher elevations at Cypress Mountain to venues at lower elevations where fresh powder is in shorter supply.
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Workers move bales of straw into place at Vancouver's Cypress Mountain, home of events such as freestyle skiing and snowboarding.
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Organizers are using helicopters to help put the bales of straw in place. Each bale weighs on the order of 1,000 pounds.
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Bales of straw are being used to augment the snowboard cross course at Cypress Mountain. Organizers say they have no intention of moving the event despite encountering a lack of cooperation from Mother Nature.
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