The B.C. government announced on Aug. 17 that a proposed new ski resort to be located next to Valemount has attained approval of its master development plan.
The master development plan is one of several steps needed before resort construction can start. The next approval needed would be the creation of a master development agreement between the province, rezoning and other planning amendments.
The plan, which has been in the works for several years, calls for a 2,000-bed base area development. The developers are hoping to begin construction in 2017, with hopes of bringing the first lifts online for the 2017–2018 season. Time will tell if that timeline is realistic.
If it moves ahead, the resort would provide access to glacier skiing, and would beat out Revelstoke Mountain Resort for the longest lift-accessed vertical in North America, topping out at 2,050 metres, beating Revelstoke’s 1,713.
Developer Tommasso Oberti is billing the resort as a “true multi-peak experience surrounded by stunning glaciers.
“Valemount Glacier Destinations will feature some of the most impressive viewpoints for sightseeing in North America. It also opens lift access to one of the best snow zones and reliable climates for snowsports on the continent,” he said in a statement.
This promotional video was created by Valemount Glacier Destination and shows renderings of proposed lift layout and village infrastructure.
The developers of the Robson Valley resort are counting on year-round traffic, and their proximity to Jasper National Park and Mt. Robson Provincial Park, which are both big tourism draws.
An August 17 media release included supportive quotes from cabinet ministers, local politicians, and Simpcw First Nation Chief Nathan Matthew.
“The Simpcw First Nation is pleased that the master plan for the Valemount Glacier Destination Resort has been approved by the Province of B.C. We look forward to participation in the continued planning and development of this important economic development project in the northern part of our territory,” Matthew stated.
Village of Valemount Mayor Jeanette Townsend lauded the plan. “The master plan approval is exciting news! It represents the culmination of many hours of head work, leg work and just plain old hard work by a multitude of people. The development of the Valemount Glacier Destination Resort will bring economic well-being to Valemount, and will also have a positive impact on the Province of B.C. by attracting tourists from around
Prince George–Valemount MLA Shirley Bond said she’s committed to the project. “This project will create a world-class destination resort, create jobs and grow the economy. A lot of hard work has brought us
to the approval reached today and I am committed to continuing the hard work
necessary to ensure a successful outcome of the next steps in the process.
Valemount is a popular snowmobiling destination in the winter. The drive time from the Edmonton area is nearly two hours less than to Revelstoke.