• Short Summary

    Thousands of tons of snow are being carted to the site for the winter Olympics at Innsbruck in Austria where warm winds and unusually high temperatures have melted away the snow on the Olympic ski runs.

    "Operation Snow Lift" began on Thursday (8 January) and it is being conducted by about two hundred soldiers from the Austrian Federal Army.

  • Description

    Thousands of tons of snow are being carted to the site for the winter Olympics at Innsbruck in Austria where warm winds and unusually high temperatures have melted away the snow on the Olympic ski runs.

    "Operation Snow Lift" began on Thursday (8 January) and it is being conducted by about two hundred soldiers from the Austrian Federal Army.

    They are taking snow from the Bremmer Pass area, only a short distance from Innsbruck. Most of it will be taken to the men's down hill run on the Paterscherkofel Mountain, where the snow shortage is particularly acute. That run is exposed to warm winds and is almost bare of snow in the final stretch before the finish.

    The snow is placed on the runs by bulldozers and then soldiers smooth it down with shovels. The Fire Brigade sprays water on the snow to consolidate it so its will withstand the sun.

    The cost of the operation has ben put at about four and a half million Austrian Schillings (about GBP115,000 sterling).

    It's not the first time snow has had to be transported to Innsbruck. A similar crisis operation was mounted during the first winter Olympics held in Innsbruck twelve years ago, when snow conditions were also poor.

    Olympic committee officials say snow depots have be prepared in many places and there are no grounds for panic at this stage.

    The 12-day winter Olympics open on 4 February.

    SYNOPSIS: The winter Olympics open in Innsbruck on February the fourth and the organisers are having problems with a lack of snow. So they've has to start bringing it in from the neighbouring Bremmer Pass area on the Italian border.

    Since Thursday, hundreds of soldiers from the Austrian Federal Army have been involved in "Operations Snow Lift". Several snow storage depots have been set up and thousands of tons of snow have been moved form the Pass. The cost of the operation is estimated at about four and a half million Austrian Schillings or about a hundred and fifteen thousand pounds sterling.

    Most of the snow is being taken to the men's down hill run on the Paterscherkofel Mountain. This area has been badly affected by unusually high temperatures and warm winds. Before the operation, the final stretch before the finish was almost bare of snow. Soldiers pat the snow down with shovels and water is used to consolidate the surface.

    Officials are not concerned about the lack of snow and say it will not affect the running of the Games. A similar situation arose when the Games were first held at Innsbruck twelve years ago.

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    Film ID:
    VLVA5LR77PJYYWA04S6W1UORJUC64
    Media URN:
    VLVA5LR77PJYYWA04S6W1UORJUC64
    Group:
    Reuters - Source to be Verified
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    14/01/1976
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Black & White
    Duration:
    00:01:19:00
    Time in/Out:
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    Canister:
    N/A

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