A poached shot of the lower mountain from Jan. 23rd.

A poached shot of the lower part of Cypress Mountain from Jan. 23rd.

There’s heaps of hype surrounding the big Olympic show coming to Vancouver in a few weeks. Too bad there’s not heaps of snow. The venue for the halfpipe, snowboardcross and a couple ski events, Cypress Mountain sits just 30 minutes outside the city and even in a good year, doesn’t get tons of snow.  Unfortunately, this year has been especially warm. Because of this, the rumors have been flying. What are the IOC ski organizers going to do? How will they build an Olympic quality pipe in the rain? Even the New York Times is wondering—check their story. TransWorld staff photographer Scott Serfas is a Vancouver local, so he went up to scope the venue. The report is not pretty. Serfas said, “I went up there and not surprising,  they weren’t letting anyone around the area. I guess they’ve had enough bad press.” They turned him around, but Serfas got crafty and found some vantage points to shoot the lower parts of the mountain. Wow.

Here’s a brighter story from Arena Snowparks, the crew building the Olympic pipe.