Not so wintry Olympics
Vancouver has to its name a number of Winter Olympic 'firsts': First host city at sea level, the biggest city to host the Games and also the warmest city to do so.
The last of those facts is ringing rather too true at the moment.
Since arriving in the city last Thursday as part of the BBC's advance party preparing for the Games, the constant talk has been of lack of snow at Cypress Mountain on the city's outskirts, which is the venue to the snowboard and freestyle skiing events.
Conditions at the relatively low elevation (910m) have not been helped by a recent spate of unseasonably warm weather, and the arrival of the Pineapple Express - a weather system originating in the Hawaiian Islands which has brought heavy rainfall here in January.
The resort has had to close its facilities to the public three weeks early to preserve what little snow there is.
However, the organisers of the Games (Vanoc) are if anything extremely resourceful.
Snow has been stockpiled above the competition slopes in a sort of 'giant snowball' and a fleet of vehicles are waiting to be mobilised to bring truckloads of snow from higher ground if required.
Although the fears of cancelled events are premature, there will still be a few headaches to contend with: for example the spectator stands and camera platforms have all been built to allow for two metres of snow underneath them - which just isn't there at the moment!
Away from the troubles at Cypress, everything else does seem to be progressing well as planned. It's still relatively early days at the IBC (International Broadcast Centre) where most of the BBC team will be based, but broadcasters will be arriving in numbers soon.
The BBC office has been fitted out ready for occupation, and the set design from our interior broadcast position in the IBC has been installed.
The BBC has a relatively small team of 75 in Canada - but that's nothing compared to the national Canadian broadcaster CTV.
Serving three English and two French-speaking networks, they have a total of five separate studios and programme control rooms in the IBC and have a staff contingent of nearly 1500.
The Winter Olympics are hugely significant in Canada and CTV have been rehearsing since last year.
They have just won the rights from public service broadcaster CBC and are under a lot of pressure to deliver - we can't even show any pictures of their studios here as they're being kept under wraps for the big launch on 12 February.
Despite the issue with Cypress, these Winter Olympic Games should be spectacular. It's been snowing heavily in Whistler, where the alpine and nordic skiing take place, and the scenery in both Vancouver and Whistler is fantastic.
In order to capture these memorable images, and to provide a sense of the geography and location of the venues, BBC has teamed up with the US broadcaster NBC to shoot some dramatic aerial footage.
The helicopter, complete with gyro-stabilised camera has been flying over the last couple of days, and we hope that the pictures will greatly enhance the BBC's coverage of the Winter Olympics which begin on 12 February.