Smart Site Selection — The freestyle skiing and snowboard venues are located within the existing Cypress Mountain ski area; the snowboard venue is situated on previously developed ski runs.
Caring for Local Wetland Plants — In summer 2007, members of the VANOC team, Cypress community partners and other stakeholders joined to salvage and relocate wetland plant species of local significance from the site of the new snowmaking reservoir to nearby wetlands (an area remaining unaffected by venue construction). Follow-up monitoring shows the plants are not only thriving, but they’re playing host to rare insects and other wildlife.
Wood Waste Reuse — All wood waste generated from site-clearing activities was chipped and reused on-site for revegetation purposes.
First Nations and the Cypress Legacy Project — Local First Nations have been working with BC Parks on the Cypress Legacy Project, an initiative supported by VANOC and the Four Host First Nations to create a lasting legacy in the park.
Local Focus — During the venue construction phase, emphasis was placed on hiring local workers.

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  • Cypress Mountain is a 30-minute drive from downtown Vancouver.
  • This alpine venue has the most vertical drop, most terrain and most lifts on Vancouver’s North Shore mountains.
  • After the Games, Cypress Mountain will continue to be one of the most popular areas in British Columbia for alpine skiing, cross-country skiing, snowboarding, snow tubing and snowshoeing.
  • The ski cross and snowboard cross course length is 1,135 metres with a vertical drop of 208 metres.
  • The ski-cross course shares the same finish line as the snowboard cross and parallel giant slalom courses.
  • The freestyle skiing aerials and moguls course were built by the Cypress Mountain staff.
  • The snowboard, ski cross and parallel giant slalom courses are built by White Industries Ltd., led by professional course builder, Jeff Ihaksi (builder of the Torino 2006 snowboarding courses).
  • The halfpipe was built by Arena Snowparks, led Steve Petrie
  • Getting to the top:

    • Lift to aerials: Aerial, Venue Handle Tow

    • Lift to moguls: Raven Ridge Quad Chair

    • Lift to snowboard cross, ski cross, and halfpipe is: Eagle Express Quad Chair

  • A total 510 volunteers will maintain these six courses (aerials and moguls, ski cross, halfpipe, snowboard cross and parallel giant slalom). Volunteers will be lead by experienced chiefs of competition and chiefs of course who predominantly reside in Canada
  • Cypress Mountain receives large amounts of snow and is often greeted by sunny skies, making it one of the best local mountains