Those who missed out on tickets to see the alpine ski races for the 2010 Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games are in luck. You can still see the races in person at Whistler Blackcomb.

Whistler Blackcomb is setting up special viewing pods adjacent to several of the runs used for races for the Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games. The viewing pods do not require special tickets. You do, however, need to have a lift ticket to reach their locations.

Five special areas have been designated as free zones for watching races on the Upper Dave Murray Downhill trail. The run holds the men's Olympic competitions--the Downhill Feb. 13, Super Combined Slalom and Downhill Feb. 16, Super G Feb. 19, and Giant Slalom Feb. 21.

Four free viewing stations will line Wild Card and Franz's Run. Those two runs are the venues for the Women's Downhill Feb. 17, Super Combined Slalom and Downhill Feb. 14, and Super G Feb. 20. The Paralympic alpine ski events in March will take place on the same combination of runs as the Women's Olympic races, with four free viewing locations.

You can catch free events in Whistler Village during the Olympic and Paralympic Games, too. Whistler Live! will be showcasing arts festivals, which run concurrent with each of the Games. Each festival plans to feature music, theater, dance, film, literature, visual arts, and street entertainment. The festivals aim to celebrate the arts of British Columbia, Canada, and First Nations.

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