Vancouver Olympics

Written by Jeremy Horelick
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In 2010, the Vancouver Olympics will cast Whistler Blackcomb into the worldwide spotlight. If British Columbia's premier four-season resort is already more than a well-kept secret among skiers and snowboarders, after the 2010 games there's little hope that the destination will retain even a shred of anonymity. More than three billion people across the planet tune into or take an interest in the Olympic Games, which is great news for the tourism industry of BC.

In preparation for the 2010 Vancouver Olympics, the entire region is already busy making vast improvements. There's little work that stands to be done to Whistler's natural endowments; with over 200 trails and 12 alpine bowls set across 7000 acres of terrain, the region is perfectly suited to the Winter Games. There are, however, infrastructural and municipal improvements already in the offing such as a whopping 600 million dollars in highway repairs on the "Sea to Sky," the primary vein linking Whistler with Vancouver.

Statistics on the Vancouver Olympics

By some experts' estimates, Sydney, Australia received close to six billion dollars worth of international exposure during the 2000 Games. In 2002, more than two billion viewers tuned into NBC to watch the Salt Lake City Winter Games. As the population and the number of media outlets grow, it's hard to imagine these numbers will decrease in the run up to the 2010 Vancouver Olympics.

Needless to say, with the international spotlight trained right on Southwestern Canada, those making preparations to attend the 2010 games are encouraged to get started immediately. Finding Whistler accommodations in 2009 and 2010 will be next-to-impossible, which means it's worth starting your search now, even if most places won't accept reservations until a year or two before the Games. There may be last-minute accommodations available for a few select folks in six years, but unless you know the head of the IOC, the chances of your name being drawn for one of those spots are remote.

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