As is always the case, the Olympic Torch Relay was confronted by demonstrators. Few people know that this custom was invented by Hitler’s propaganda machine. From wikipedia:
The modern convention of moving the Olympic Flame via a relay system from Olympia to the Olympic venue began with the 1936 Summer Olympics in Berlin, Germany. The relay, captured in Leni Riefenstahl's film Olympia, was part of the Nazi propaganda machine’s attempt to add myth and mystique to Adolf Hitler’s regime. Hitler saw the link with the ancient Games as the perfect way to illustrate his belief that classical Greece was an Aryan forerunner of the modern German Reich.
We planned a trip there but the plans fell apart when we learned that because of the terrorist attacks there is increased scrutiny and we did not want our vacation ruined by free prostate exams and porn photo ops. Then, the record snowfall from November nearly melted away due to record heat, only to be replaced shortly thereafter by record snowfall again at the end of January. Today, they cancelled tickets for some events because the warm rain had melted away most of the snow. Here’s a quote from Intrawest reservation line:
I also asked a friend who used to live in Vancouver for advice. Here’s what she had to say:
..I'd book a plane tx to Vancouver, stay there for a few days, it might rain but so what, a really cool place, then go to whistler, better to share a cottage-cabin with pple, as accommodation can be $$. You are gonna enjoy the skiing, and the village is beautiful, lots of places to party, and only like 1.5-2 hr drive from Van..
It’s tough to decide in these times of climate change, when the security theatre trickles up in Canada. It’s hard to leave from one day to the next and even if you do, there’s no guarantee that there’ll be snow until the end of your stay..
Whatever you do, don’t proceed as the snowboarder linked below who had to burn his money so that he can be seen and rescued, when the lift operator in the Austrian Alps shut off the lift with him still in
LE: As you might know by now, Whistler – Blackcomb, like most premiere skiing destination in Canada, are owned by Intrawest. Just in time for the Olympics, the owners defaulted on a bank payment:
In 2006, Wall Street hedge fund Fortress Investments LLC bought Intrawest in a $2.8-billion US deal. Fortress recently missed a $524 million debt payment connected to that purchase.
The lenders moved to foreclose. Other than that, it was business as usual. Finally, “A New York firm has agreed to buy Vancouver-based Intrawest Corp. in a $2.8-billion US deal that will see the real estate empire's crown jewel, Whistler-Blackcomb resort, come under new ownership”.
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