British Columbia approves new all-season mountain resort in Valemount
Minister of Jobs, Tourism and Skills Training Shirley Bond announced that, on behalf of Forests, Lands and Natural Resource Operations Minister Steve Thomson.
The first-phase project investment by Valemount Glacier Destinations and its capital partners will be approximately $100 million.
The new resort will be located in the Premier Range of the Cariboo Mountains immediately west of the Village of Valemount.
The Valemount Glacier Master Plan, showing how the resort will be built out over time, was approved by the Province in August 2016.
The master-plan review process included consultation with First Nations, government agencies, local stakeholders and the public. These consultations were completed in March 2016.
The Province also completed detailed technical analysis on the Mountain Development Plan (proposed gondolas, chair lifts, ski runs and trails) and worked with the Simpcw First Nation to carry out a comprehensive environmental review to ensure a strong environmental impact mitigation strategy was part of the approved master plan.
The Valemount Glacier Resort has strong support from local partners, including the Simpcw First Nation, the Village of Valemount, and the Regional District of Fraser-Fort George.
The resort proposal was a locally born initiative brought to the developer by the Valemount Ski Society and the Village of Valemount. ■
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