Host of the Olympics, Cypress Mountain, to close early due to weather

Posted By: The Ski Channel on January 13, 2010 5:49 pm

Due to the warm rainy weather in Vancouver lately, the Vancouver Organizing Committee for the 2010 Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games (VANOC) and the Cypress Mountain ski area management decided to close the ski resort‘s alpine runs to the public from now until after the Olympics.

This is happening two and a half weeks before it was supposed to. By closing early, officials are ensuring good snow conservation at Cypress for the Games. There are also several tasks that must be completed before next month, including: the installation of warming tents, fencing, wayfinding signs and Look of the Games banners around the venue.

Tim Gayda is VANOC’s vice president of sport: “Closing Cypress Mountain early is the responsible thing to do, given the recent weather, in order to make sure we’re ready to host the world’s best athletes in one month’s time. We appreciate Cypress Mountain management’s support and we’d like to thank all Cypress Mountain users for their understanding and look forward to helping welcome them back in March.”

Cypress Mountain will host the aerials, moguls, parallel giant slalom, halfpipe and ski cross events. It will re-open to the public on March 9th.