I have been continually reading in the media about how bad the Vancouver Games are. Most often, this has come from news reports in the UK but I have seen some from Canadian newspapers, as well.
If you look at the photo of Cypress' mogul run, you can see the depth of the base of snow. I would suggest that this is deeper than many resorts have in most seasons. That is a clear example of the work organizers have put in to create very good conditions.
Having said all of that, I do agree that the Olympic Cauldron issue is an embarassing one. I cannot see how anyone would find the 12 foot high chain link fence surrounding it, keeping fans 50 feet away, acceptable. They have now found a very good solution, allowing fans to use the elevated walkway to get closer and to have an unobstructed view of the flame.
For what is it worth, this is my two cents.....and you get what you pay for!!!