VANOC readies for freestyle skiing and snowboard Sport Events at Cypress Mountain

    Limited spectator tickets available as of February 1

    VANCOUVER, Jan. 30 /CNW/ - The top freestyle skiing and snowboard
athletes competing for a podium finish will dazzle the crowds with their best
Lincoln loops, spread eagles, alley oops and 720 Airs at Cypress Mountain
starting next week. The Vancouver Organizing Committee for the 2010 Olympic
and Paralympic Winter Games (VANOC) will be making efforts to help the venue
operator accommodate spectator interest as much as possible given the venue's
limited capacity; however VANOC will not be testing transportation and
spectator services due to the operational differences at Games-time.
    VANOC, with a staff and volunteer workforce of over 700 (136 staff, 582
volunteers, 72 contractors and eight RCMP flag bearers), will begin testing
its operational readiness during the Sport Events at Cypress Mountain, which
will serve as a venue for these competitions at the upcoming Games, just over
a year away.
    The freestyle skiing Sport Event, starting Thursday, February 5 and
running until Saturday, February 7, will showcase three freestyle disciplines
- aerials, moguls and ski cross. Approximately 300 athletes from 28 countries
will be participating. The discipline of ski cross, with its mass start that
sees skiers jostle for position down a steep, tight, winding course filled
with jumps, rollers and tabletops, will have its Olympic debut at Cypress
Mountain in 2010.
    The snowboard Sport Event scheduled for February 12 to February 15 will
feature approximately 320 athletes from 20 countries competing in the
halfpipe, parallel giant slalom and snowboard cross competitions.
    The next two weeks will be critical for all our functions conducting
operational testing for snowboarding and freestyle events at Cypress," said
Tim Gayda, the VANOC vice president, sport. "Sport Events provide us with an
invaluable opportunity to learn how we all jell together as a team under
Games-time-like pressure on the mountain."
    Testing by VANOC at the freestyle and snowboard venue will include
field-of-play testing, including timelines for building and designing the
courses for competition, as well as grooming and maintenance. Transportation,
cable management, tenting, power and lighting will also be put to the test.
Technology, anti-doping and medical services will be tested in a consistent
manner with other recent Sport Events where VANOC tested its operational
readiness. Both Sport Events will also mirror some of the Games-time
Competition Schedules with aerials and moguls qualifying rounds and finals
held in the evening, and snowboard cross and parallel giant slalom held in the
late afternoon.

    Important Information for Spectators

    In order to address public interest in attending the upcoming Sport
Events at Cypress Mountain, the District of West Vancouver will be offering a
spectator shuttle service to and from the venue, departing from the northeast
side of Park Royal Shopping Centre in West Vancouver.
    "We've learned from recent Sport Events in Whistler that the interest
from the public to attend these events is extremely high," Gayda added. "We'll
be working collaboratively with Cypress Mountain and the District of West
Vancouver to provide an exceptional field of play for athletes while
respecting the normal business operations of the resort and maintaining a safe
and enjoyable atmosphere for all skiers and spectators on the mountain."
    Beginning Sunday, February 1, limited tickets to the freestyle skiing and
snowboard Sport Events (whose cost is based solely on the included spectator
shuttle service) can be purchased for $10 per person at the West Vancouver
Aquatic Centre. During the events, the shuttle will run until capacity is
reached at the venue. During the Sport Events, anyone with a valid Cypress
Mountain season pass or ski lift ticket will have complimentary event access.
    For more information on the freestyle Sport Event please visit For more information
on the snowboard Sport Event please visit
    For more information on the remaining Sport Events taking place from
February to September 2009, including how to purchase tickets, visit

    About VANOC

    VANOC is responsible for the planning, organizing, financing and staging
of the XXI Olympic Winter Games and the X Paralympic Winter Games in 2010. The
2010 Olympic Winter Games will be staged in Vancouver and Whistler from
February 12 to 28, 2010. Vancouver and Whistler will host the 2010 Paralympic
Winter Games from March 12 to 21, 2010. Visit

For further information:

For further information: Media Contacts: Mary Fraser, VANOC
Communications, (604) 403-2667,; Beth Hornby,
VANOC Communications, (604) 403-2689,

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