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Nagano forecaster warms to difficult task

...Russi said. But Ito noted that all the focus on snow might be misguided. Because of its altitude high up the side of Mount Karamatsu, the men's downhill course tends to stick up into the clouds -- making it vulnerable to fog-like conditions...

http://chronicle.augusta.com/stories/1998/02/02/oly_221740.shtml
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Fifty days to Nagano: Where's the snow?

...at the start of the men's downhill race. Nagano organizers agreed this month to raise the start of the course on Mount Karamatsu to an altitude of 5,791 feet. The new start stands on an exposed face of the mountain with no wind breaks. Itoh...

http://chronicle.augusta.com/stories/1997/12/19/oth_219313.shtml
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