Re: As Kermit said, it's hard to be Green, G.D. Maxwell Pique Jan. 27
Well, someone finally bold enough to come on out and tell the Emperor that he is wearing no clothes. It is appalling to think that so much money and resources will be devoted to a facility that is used by such a relative few and certainly not used after the Olympics to any great extent. Interesting that these activities (bobsleigh, luge, skeleton) are still perpetuated in the Olympics in the name of "sport."
G.D. Maxwell makes a thought provoking point. Wouldn't it be cutting edge if these "facility intensive sports of little interest" to most people outside of the two weeks of Olympics could be replaced by real mountain sports that have some "currency and meaning" to the masses all winter long and available at most alpine facilities everywhere. There are a plethora of new exciting, spectator-friendly ventures in snowboarding and skiing that would surely fit that bill.
Outside of the sliding centre, the next big white elephant could possibly be the ski jump/Nordic centre. If the Calgary jump centre in the middle of a city (great access for spectators/athletes/coaches) and fully funded until recently (CODA) couldn't make it, how will a facility way up the Callaghan fare, with no affordable accommodation anywhere nearby, no spectators walking by to watch and at least a 30-minute drive away from Whistler, not to mention a shortage of jumpers to even train there?
A Nordic centre ghost town could be avoided by ensuring that there will be an accommodation component. As well, there must be a good variety of recreational trails for use after the Olympics, which this centre has not got for certainty. Yes, perhaps the skiers from Vancouver may come up for skiing on the weekend, but as for the Whistler XC skier, the Lost Lake trails are very convenient and offer great skiing. Choosing to drive five minutes or hop onto the trails near our homes is a more logical and efficient choice than having to drive down the highway 30 km to the trails. The point that the new terrain is at a slightly higher elevation with the potential of more snow, doesn't carry much credibility after this season. We are washed out everywhere!
Lots of great things to come with the Olympics, but just as many sides to it that are incredibly wasteful and in need of an overhaul. I look forward to the final result!
I would question whether it is in the best interests of the IOC and Bell Canada to endorse the proposed Native Indian Cultural Centre at Whistler.