To our American friends who plan to come to Whistler for the Olympics- here is some information about border crossings, accommodation, tickets, venues, getting around and general information. It is only 22 days to the big day so there is not much time left to plan.
There are currently about 10-15,000 tickets left. At the same time for the Salt Lake City Olympics 100,000 were still in circulation. These are tickets that can be purchased at Vancouver kiosks.
The events with the most tickets left are: preliminary rounds of hockey, curling, and several victory ceremonies, based on tickets available in Canada where the majority of tickets are sold.
For the first time, the Olympic organizing committee has created a Web site (vancouver2010.com/olympic-tickets) for ticket holders to resell their seats at a profit. Tickets to a men’s speed skating final started at C$400 (US$388) during a recent search compared to the original price of C$95.
Tickets for popular events are also being sold on eBay, StubHub and similar Web sites, often at a premium. Two tickets to the USA vs. Norway hockey game were C$232.50 on eBay during a search earlier this week. It’s possible resale tickets prices could fall dramatically as the games approach. In past Olympics, ticket prices plunged in the days before an event. Buying from an unofficial source, of course, can be risky: You could get a fake ticket or one that has been voided by the Olympic Committee.
Tickets to all sports being held in Whistler are currently available at a booth in Whistler Village, but before the games you will need to show proof of residency or accommodation (like a print out of a hotel confirmation email) in Whistler to get the ticket.-Wall Street Journal
The major venues are Whistler, Vancouver, Richmond and West Vancouver-Cypress Bowl. At Whistler 90% of the ski hill will remain open to the public.
Accommodation-Onsite at Whistler
If you can rent a house, condo, apartment or stay with friends. Accommodation is very expensive; especially at Whistler where a 3 night stay at the four Seasons will set you back $3675.00. There is a three night minimum. Another available package at the Four Season is called “Ski with Olympian”. It is a combined ski and hotel stay package for $2010.00 per day so plan on spending just over $6000.00 for that one. Once again it is a three night minimum. The Fairmont Chateau Whistler is a comparative bargain at $899.00 per day with a 3 might minimum.
As U.S. citizens the first step if you are not flying will be crossing the border. There will be delays so if you plan to bring a car across check -wsdot.wa.gov/congestion/border. This will give you live camera feed and current wait times.
Translink is offering a 6 week Olympic Pass that starts at $110.00. For more information see travelsmart2010.ca.
Buses will travel daily to and from the venues. The round trip ticket from Whistler to Vancouver is $50.00
In addition to Olympic events, there will be free music, six sites holding cultural, art and musical events at Whistler.
In Surrey a massive series of events are planned in Holland Park and they are FREE! The Musical Ride-RCMP-entertainers, children’s activities, 4 jumbotrons broadcasting coverage, food and many other things will be going on at this venue. While you’re out this way visit the Fraser Valley and learn about its rich agricultural and native history. See you in 22 days.