Cypress Mountain has enough snow to welcome back recreational skiers and snowboarders on Tuesday.
Ten runs, three lifts and the Nordic areas will open to the public first.
The resort, which closed in January, had to have snow trucked in from the Callaghan Valley to host freestyle skiing and snowboarding during the Olympics after an unusually warm winter.
“We’ve had a lot of negative press back before the Games, but there’s actually some pretty good skiing on the upper slopes,” said Cypress snow school director Kent Rideout. “At mid mountain there’s over three metres of snow.”
Black Mountain, where the Olympic events took place, will remain closed as crews continue working to ready it for the public. Rideout said there’s “a chance” it’ll open before the season ends.
“There is a possibility, a week or so after opening, that we may be able to open a run or two on the other side, because the run that was used for the parallel giant slalom is in really good shape,” he said, adding it’ll depend on whether VANOC can move some of their equipment.
This would give people a chance to tackle the same runs that golden athletes, such as Jasey Jay Anderson, rode to victory.
The resort will operate under new hours, with runs open between 10 a.m. and 7 p.m.
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