Vancouver 2010 LogoI spent last weekend with my family at Whistler Blackcomb – our first foray onto the slopes in this ski season. This is an exciting season in Whistler and Vancouver, with the 2010 Winter Olympics just around the corner. Here’s a quick preview into how things are shaping up for a great Winter Olympics.

Vancouver To Whistler Transportation Improvements
The sea-to-sky highway improvements are largely completed and are just fantastic. There’s now a two-lane highway almost all the way from Vancouver to Squamish. Between Squamish and Whistler there are passing lanes at regular intervals. Drive times to the resort from Vancouver and Vancouver Airport are significantly reduced.

The Snow Conditions At Whistler
January can be a hit or miss month in terms of fresh snow on Whistler and Blackcomb mountains. (You can check historical statistics here). You can take it from me: the current snow conditions at Whistler Blackcomb are really great. There’s plenty of fresh powder all over the mountains.

Preparations For Olympic Events At Whistler
The Downhill and Super-G events will be raced on the Dave Murray Downhill and Franz’s runs (men’s and women’s respectively) on Whistler Mountain. These runs are in great shape with lots of snow cover all the way to Creekside. You do have to take a slight detour between upper and lower DM Downhill because of construction for what looked like a viewing stand. The helicopters flying overhead carrying loads of lumber were a new sight on the mountain.

Olympic Shopping Opportunities
There’s Olympic logo gear, toys and totchkes in most shops in the village especially those run by the resort. My boys just loved the soft toy versions of the Vancouver 2010 mascots, Miga, Quatchi and Sumi.