2. Various of tourists posing in front of Inukshuk Olympic symbol stone statue on mountain top
3. Cable cars and mountains
4. Weather station hut amid snowy woods
5. Sign on hut reading (English): "Weather Station, Elevation 1625 meters"
6. Wide of weather measuring apparatus amid snow
7. Close-up of wind speed measuring device
8. Various of Assistant Weather Forecaster for Whistler and Blackcomb, Kevin Sibbald checking thermometer station, making notes
9. SOUNDBITE (English) Kevin Sibbald, Assistant Weather Forecaster for Whistler and Blackcomb:
"I think the delays have been a couple of things, visibility being a factor when we have the storms come in the visibility can be an issue so the racers can''t ski or can''t see. And as far as temperatures, if the snow gets too soft at the bottom it can be hazardous for the greater speeds of racing."
10. Close up of medic''s cross badge on arm of ski jacket
11. SOUNDBITE (English) Kevin Sibbald, Assistant Weather Forecaster for Whistler and Blackcomb:
"The forecast, the Environment Canada forecast of late, it''s actually looking pretty good. Continued snowfall tonight, we could see another ten or fifteen centimetres. The next five to seven day period is looking quite good with reasonable valley bottom temperatures and clear skies and no precipitation."
12. Sibbald climbing up ladder of a precipitation measuring device
13. Close-up of Sibbald checking device
14. Various of equipment
15. Tilt up of icicle
16. Skiers on slopes
17. Various of Swiss fans celebrating Swiss competitor Didier Defago''s victory in the Men''s Downhill event
After a spell of warm, wet weather forced postponement of the first two Alpine events at mountain Olympics venue Whistler, the return of bright, colder weather has finally allowed competitions to go ahead.
Monday''s clear skies saw the men''s downhill ski race, delayed by two days, finally take place.
It was won by Swiss skier Didier Defago.
Warm and wet conditions at the ritzy resort had left the mountain a slushy mess at lower elevations.
A mix of snow, rain, fog and above-freezing temperatures turned sections of the Olympic slope into a mush too dangerous to be used for high-speed skiing.
The conditions were not unexpected.
Whistler lies close to the Pacific coastline and warm moist ocean air often brings rain in the valley, but also the powder snow the resort is famed for at higher reaches, according to Whistler weatherman Kevin Sibbald.
Whistler''s main weather recording station has been tracking annual weather conditions for well over thirty years.
The weather site transmits data remotely down to weathermen for analysis.
After deciding in the wee hours of Saturday to put off the competition-opening men''s downhill slated for that morning, the International Ski Federation began shifting training runs and races, eventually devising a way to squeeze seven medal events into seven days.
That would leave another week for the other three races, and given that no Alpine event has ever been cancelled altogether at a Winter Games, no one is panicking just yet.
Then again, with more rain and snow on the way, and the possibility of temperatures in the mid-40s much of next week, no one is willing to guarantee the new plan will hold.
But Sibbald is optimistic about the seven-day forecast.
"The next five to seven day period is looking quite good with reasonable valley bottom temperatures and clear skies and no precipitation," he said.