Rosa Khutor, a Sochi Olympic mountain cluster venue, is set to officially open for ski season Saturday.
But four days before that, and less than two months before the Olympics, an avalanche warning was issued for the mountains near the Russian Olympic host city.
“Avalanches could cause blackouts, disruption of communications, housing services and transportation,” the Russian Emergency Situationa Ministry’s Krasnodar regional subdivision said in a statement, according to Xinhua News Agency.
The temperature in the area was 18 degrees Farenheit on Tuesday and will get up to 29 degrees with precipitation Saturday, according to weather.com.
“There is a likelihood of problems with energy supplies, communications, housing services and transport routes,” the ministry said, according to RIA Novosti.
There is a team of experts devoted solely to avalanche prevention in Rosa Khutor, as detailed by The New York Times.
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NBC Sports will air coverage of 87 Alpine skiing races at 22 resorts across the globe this fall and winter, from October through March, in the final full season before the 2018 Olympics.
Highlights include fall and winter stops in the U.S. with races in Killington, Vt.; Beaver Creek, Colo.; Squaw Valley, Calif.; and the World Cup Finals in Aspen, Colo., in March.
Lindsey Vonn‘s highlighted World Cup stop will be downhill and super-G races in Lake Louise, Canada, the first weekend of December.
The world championships in February will be in St. Moritz, Switzerland, where Ted Ligety and Mikaela Shiffrin will look to defend titles.
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Canadian skier Phil Brown was fortunate to walk away from an airborne crash at the World Cup season opener in Soelden, Austria, on Sunday.
Brown failed to finish his first run, losing contact with the snow early on and falling hard onto his side.
He tweeted a video of the crash, with slow-motion replays, with a soundtrack of Irish singer Enya‘s “Only Time.”
The World Cup season continues with men’s and women’s slaloms in Levi, Finland, in three weeks.
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