Finding snow at the Winter Olympics requires several transfers — and no shortage of patience.

But eventually — after a 30-minute bus ride from the media center in Beijing, a 50-minute high-speed train and another 20-minute bus ride (whenever the right one arrives) — journalists making their way from the Chinese capital are able to reach the Zhangjiakou media center.

Another bus brings reporters to the competition areas, where mountains of human-made snow provide a surface for the world’s best skiers and snowboarders to showcase their talents on the halfpipe, moguls and other courses.