(CBS Seattle) — A Wenatchee man and snow-making expert is joining other snowmakers from around the world to make sure there is enough snow covering the slopes for the Olympic Games next month.

Jon Wax is the snowmaking manager at Mission Ridge Ski & Board Resort. Forty-two-year-old Wax was invited to Sochi, Russia by a friend who works for the Michigan company supplying the snowmaking equipment for the winter games, according to the Wenatchee World.

“This definitely feels like a big deal, and I love it,” Wax told the World via email from Russia. Wax is working with snowmakers from Russia, New Zealand and America. “There is a sense of pride and unity among all of us,” he said.

The team of snowmakers is necessary because the city of Sochi, where many of the events will be held, has a sub-tropical climate where the average temperature is about 50 degrees. Because of that, the Alpine events will take place at a ski resort in the Caucasus Mountains about 25 miles from Sochi. The resort sits at an elevation of about 7,600 feet, very similar to Mission Ridge’s elevation of about 6,800 feet.

Wax will stay in Russia until early February to make sure there is enough snow for the competition. “I enjoy making snow here, and everywhere,” he said.

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