Cypress Mountain Olympic Venue conditions update

Posted By: The Ski Channel on February 1, 2010 6:11 pm

There have been a lot of rumors swirling around the conditions at the Cypress Mountain venue in Vancouver. The resort closed to the public nearly three weeks ago to preserve snow for the Olympic Games. In spite of the recent rain and warm temperatures, however, the snowboard and freestyle events scheduled for Cypress are set to run on schedule. “There is no doubt in my mind this can be managed,” Canadian Freestyle Skiing Association CEO Peter Judge told the AP.

The Vancouver Olympic Committee has been working around the clock moving snow to the mountain. In fact, they’ve recruited over 300 trucks for the job, and have laid straw down to create a permanent, non-meltable base for the snow.

More than 300 dump trucks of snow have already been used, and straw and wood are being laid to create bases for the snow on the various competition courses. There are still nearly two weeks for temperatures to drop and snow to be made (and fall naturally, of course). In fact, it was snowing on Monday–though the resort only reported two centimeters. Still, an inch is an inch!

The women’s moguls will be the first Olympic event to take place at the Cypress venue on February 13.