The 2010 Vancouver Olympic Games are two weeks away, and most of the premier events have sold out, but some tickets remain for early rounds of some sports.
Among traditional on-snow competition, some tickets remain available for men's half pipe qualifiers, semifinals and finals Feb. 17 at Cypress Mountain, through an online auction. Other Olympic events where spectators can still find a way in include various rounds of ice hockey, curling, and figure skating where tickets remain unsold, or available for resale through an online auction.
VANOC, the Vancouver Organizing Committee in charge of putting on the 2010 Games, lists the events with space left on a central ticketing Web site. Main Ticket Centres in downtown Vancouver at Robson Square (at the UBC Bookstore), the Tourism Vancouver Visitor Centre at Plaza Level, 200 Burrard St., and in Whistler continue to serve customers daily, with venue box offices opening on the first day of competition.
All is not lost, however, for people who want to catch something of the Games. Whistler Blackcomb will have special viewing areas alongside several race courses during the Olympic Games Feb. 12 to 28, and Paralympic Winter Games March 12 to 21. The viewing areas are open to all skiers and riders who have lift tickets or passes on a first-come, first-served basis.
Private transportation to Olympic venues will be all but impossible, as no public parking will be available. VANOC has arranged for public transportation to and from Olympic venues. Tickets for these buses, as for the events, are limited however, and must be arranged ahead of time. Again, check online.
Whistler Blackcomb appears to have ample snow to run the major events of this Olympics, always a relief for any country that has the honor and responsibility of putting on the world games. The resort's snow reports show 100 percent of terrain is open, and that recent heavy snowfall has prompted warnings of considerable avalanche risk in the backcountry.
Meanwhile snow woes continue at Cypress Mountain, venue for snowboarding events. The mountain was closed to the general public two weeks ahead of schedule to conserve snow cover, and snowmaking and grooming crews have been working to preserve and augment snow at the competition sites.
"The snow management and snow harvesting program for the Games remains on track and contingency plans are in place to deliver an exceptional field of play for athletes," VANOC stated in a press release.