Cypress Mountain will close 2.5 weeks early for Olympics

Further to our post from yesterday, CYPRESS WILL CLOSE early (i.e. today) and not reopen until March 9, 2010.

From CypressMountain.com:

To preserve and protect the integrity of the Snowboarding and Freestyle Skiing courses at Cypress Mountain for the 2010 Winter Games, the Vancouver Organizing Committee for the 2010 Olympic Winter Games (VANOC) and Cypress Mountain have agreed this morning to close the Alpine Ski Area to the public.

This difficult decision to close the Alpine Area to the public two and a half weeks earlier than planned follows days of unseasonably warm and wet weather in the Vancouver area.  The course building crews are now actively working to preserve snow on ski trails which could be needed to supplement the snow on the courses.
We appreciate the support and understanding of all our regular skiers/riders in making this decision in support of VANOC’s commitment to the successful staging of the 2010 Olympic Winter Games.
We will be providing additional information over the coming days to Season Passholders and others affected by the closure.  We plan to re-open as scheduled on March 9th with as much terrain as possible for the Spring session and we hope to then be basking in the sun and the glow of home team Gold Medals.

Judging from the sounds of this, they may plan to pull snow off other runs on the mountain… I can’t think of any other reason why they’d be forced to close the mountain to the public if this weren’t the case.

Oh well, here’s hoping for tons of snow in February to make up for it because if they do end up farming the snow off the rest of the mountain, we’re not going to have much of a season left come March 9th. 🙁

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