Vancouver organizing committee cancels 20,000 tickets to Olympic events at Cypress Mountain

Posted By: The Ski Channel on February 16, 2010 11:42 am

The Vancouver Organizing Committee has canceled 20,000 general admission standing room tickets for some upcoming Olympic events at Cypress Mountain. Heavy rains and thick fog have contributed in making the area unsafe for standing spectators.

Events that are included in the cancellation include Olympic men’s and ladies’ snowboard halfpipe on February 17 and 18; ski cross on February 21 and 23; and snowboard parallel giant slalom on February 26 and 27 at Cypress Mountain.

In a statement, the organizing committee (Vanoc) said: “The rains washed away almost a foot of snow in the area where the standing room area was to be located. With safety the top priority and with snowboard events taking place daily, there is insufficient snow to move and build the standing room area back up at the Cypress snowboard stadium. Vanoc has protected sufficient contingency snow for field of play at Cypress Mountain.”

Caley Denton, Vanoc’s vice-president of ticketing and consumer marketing, affirmed that the cancelled tickets will be refunded in full.

“Our senior management and venue team have spent significant time on site to try and find a way to accommodate spectators in the standing room areas for the events. We’ve exhausted all avenues but it just wasn’t possible to make the area safe for spectators,” he said in the emailed-statement.

So far, no Olympic event tickets at Whistler venues have been cancelled. Neither have tickets for aerials and other competitions being held in a separate stadium at Cypress.