A new $100 million ski resort near Valemount, B.C. offering year-round glacier skiing has been approved for construction. The provincial government has finalized and signed a master development agreement for the new Valemount Glacier Destinations ski and sightseeing resort.
The project will feature year-round glacier skiing and gondola access for alpine sightseeing and the largest vertical drop in North America, third largest in the world, of more than 2,000 metres (6,726 feet). The project is expected to generate 800 full-time jobs and supported through the construction and operation of the resort.
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 approved 60-year master development agreement is the land-use contract between the province and Valemount Glacier Destinations, which will allow construction and development activities to proceed toward an anticipated resort opening in December 2018. The entire project is designed for a 20-year build-out.
“The glacier access at this world-class resort gives visitors an extended ski season and helps diversify the tourism experiences in northern B.C. The partnerships, investment and jobs created by the resort will benefit the region for years to come,” said Shirley Bond, Minister of Jobs, Tourism and Skills Training and Minister Responsible for Labour.