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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Peasants Rescue Slope for Skiers

YABULI, China -- Only two weeks ago, China's ambitious dreams of turning this frigid northern Manchurian village into an international ski resort were on a steep slope to disaster.

It had not snowed since November. The ski runs on Upside-Down-Pot Mountain were bare earth and rock. Officials feared they would be forced to cancel ski competition in the third Asian Winter Games.

Finally, several hundred peasant farmers in Heilongjiang Province answered the appeal for help. Working nonstop until the games opened Sunday, the Yabuli peasants scooped snow from surrounding valleys and forests into plastic bags and carried it on their backs to the barren slopes.