Olympic notes 

Highway permits, tickets now available


As the days count down to the start of the 2010 Games in February more and more much-needed information is becoming available. Below are some useful details for the days to come.


Highway permit distribution underway

Permits for driving the Sea to Sky Highway during the 2010 Olympic Winter Games are in the mail.

Two permits per household - which are fully transferable between vehicles, tenants and/or guests that have a parking space - have been mailed by VANOC to Whistler residential property owners.

Permit distribution offices will open Dec. 14 in four locations; one in Vancouver and three in the Sea to Sky corridor.

There will be a checkpoint at Alice Lake, which will ensure that people going through have a parking place in the resort. It will be in operation between 6 a.m., or earlier, and 6 p.m., Feb. 11 to 28. There will be no parking at venues or on public streets in Whistler.

Daily checkpoint operations will be managed by the B.C. Ministry of Transportation and the permit distribution process will be managed by VANOC.

Permits are not needed for southbound vehicles. However, southbound vehicles will need a permit if returning north between the hours of 6 a.m. and 6 p.m.

Permits are also not required for northbound vehicles travelling outside the peak hours of 6 a.m. to 6 p.m. or at any time for emergency and health care vehicles, road service vehicles (i.e.: tow trucks, snowplows), buses (i.e.: transit, tour buses, school buses), Olympic accredited vehicles, commercial limousines, taxis, and utility providers.

Residents who visit a permit office will need to show a photo ID and proof of address, such as a utility bill. Businesses will need to show their business licence and proof of operations in Whistler or points north, while hotel guests will be asked to show confirmation of their room reservation. To find out more about these permits, visit http://www.whistler2010.com .

The permit offices in the corridor are at Whistler Municipal Hall, the Squamish Volunteer Centre (No.2-40437 Tantalus Road), and in Pemberton at the Old Community Centre (7567 Pemberton Meadows).

For more information go to: http://www.travelsmart2010.ca .

The Olympic bus network website was also launched this week and can be accessed through the Travelsmart website, which will offer phased venue-by-venue booking starting Dec. 4.


Search for volunteer entertainers

VANOC will be launching an initiative to connect with talented individuals in the Sea to Sky corridor who are interested in being volunteer entertainers at Whistler Olympic and Paralympic Park, Whistler Creekside and the Whistler Sliding Centre.

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