New $100m year-round glacier ski resort approved for Valemount, B.C.

A rendering of the resort base at the planned Valemount resort | Image: video still, Valemount Glacier Destination Resort

British Columbians yearning for some skiing or snowboarding in the middle of summer may soon have a relatively close destination to get their fix.

Provincial minister Shirley Bond signed an agreement March 28 with Valemount Glacier Destinations finalizing the approval of a new ski and sightseeing resort near Valemount, B.C. The company said it plans to invest $100 million on the first phase of the project, which will include year-round glacier skiing and gondola service.

“The glacier access at this world-class resort gives visitors an extended ski season and helps diversify the tourism experiences in northern B.C.,” Bond said.

“The partnerships, investment and jobs created by the resort will benefit the region for years to come.”

The construction and operation of the resort will create 800 full-time jobs, the government said in a press release.

The mountain access will reach elevations of more than 3,000 metres on the summits of Mount Pierre Elliot Trudeau, Glacier Ridge, Mount Arthur Meighen and Twilight Glacier. A village at the base of the mountains will house residential, commercial and hotel space.

The Simpcw First Nation worked with Valemount on an environmental review and the design of the project and will receive a share of the resort’s revenues. Chief Nathan Matthew called the project a “key element in the regional economic development plan for the northern portion of the traditional territory of the Simpcw people.”

Valemount is located close to the Alberta border, 320 km northeast of Kamloops

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