The Olympics have come and gone from Cypress Mountain, but post-Games work has kept resort personnel bustling to put the ski area back in order for local and regional visitors. Skiers and riders can once again access runs--some of which have been closed for the past several winters in preparation for the Olympics.

The resort is re-grading Lower Panorama. The temporary Olympic Half Pipe was built on the run, which has been closed for three seasons. This winter, the full length of the popular Panorama Beginner Ski Run will be available again for the public. Other runs, including Windjammer, Midway, Collins, Hutch, Fork, and Cascade have seen improvements, such as summer slope grading to produce a better winter product and some increased lighting. All of the resort parking lots will once again be available to the public, too.

One of the Olympic legacies will payoff early season. The snowmaking system, which no longer needs to concentrate on Olympic venues, will be used to make snow on the complete Eagle Express terrain in time for a November opening. 

"Locals are very excited to have the full mountain re-opened and accessible all season long," Joffrey J. Koeman, Director of Sales and Marketing for Cypress, told "We have yet to have an uninterrupted season with our 10 new ski runs and new Cypress Creek Lodge."

Locals also can take advantage of Cypress season passes, which are on sale through Sept. 30. The Unlimited Pass grants access to downhill skiing and riding, cross-country skiing, snowshoeing, and tubing while the Alpine Pass is valid only for skiing and riding. Adult passes run $872-970, depending on the type of pass and whether or not you were a passholder last year.

A limited number of new passes are available for those who hate crowds. The Off Peak Pass excludes access during Christmas holidays and January and February weekends. 

The resort has joined an elite group of North American resorts to fly the Olympic rings. The rings will greet returning skiers and riders this winter.  

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