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Cypress Mountain repays Olympic debt

When it became apparent that Cypress Mountain’s snow supply wouldn’t cover its commitments to the scheduled Olympic events, VANOC poured all its muscle into requisitioning snow reserves for Cypress Mountain from “wherever it could be found”. Where did that snow come from?

Snow in April - Cypress Mountain repays its debt.

It's the question that just won't go away.

When it became apparent that Cypress Mountain’s snow supply wouldn’t cover its commitments to the scheduled Olympic events, VANOC poured all its muscle into requisitioning snow reserves for Cypress Mountain from “wherever it could be found”. Where did that snow come from?

Where it could be found in abundance was the Fraser Canyon and Hope/Princeton regions and so, by stealth of night, a mountain of snow was trucked across the Lower Mainland and up to Cypress. To gain access to reserves of fresh snow, VANOC hastily convened a delegation: the Greater Vancouver Snow Bank (GVSB).

While there has been a near-complete news white out about this operation, the decision to remove snow from many parks is now being met with a thick blanket of condemnation. At Manning Park, beloved to cross-country skiers, locals said the case is about a bigger principle – “People have a right to know what's being done with their snow,” said Allison Pass, a long-time resident.

By the standards of the delegation—notoriously tight-lipped even by Olympic standards—the GVSB is now being fairly forthright. It releases, in aggregate, the totals for various types of loans and the kinds of collateral it accepted in exchange for the borrowing. Facing a withering attack by members of other parks and ski resorts, there has been a call for further disclosures.

Today, despite an avalanche of criticism mostly directed at Cypress Mountain and VANOC, truckloads of snow could be seen making their way down Cypress Mountain on their long journey back to Manning Park. Repayments to other locations will follow and Cypress Mountain’s entire Olympic debt is expected to be repaid by mid-May in accordance with GVSB recommendations.

(Editor's Note: Happy APRIL FOOLS day.) 

 

 

 

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