$1.5 BILLION in Improvements For Hemlock Ski Resort, B.C.

Chris Wallner | | Industry NewsIndustry News
Hemlock Resort will receive a $1.5 billion face-lift over the next half century.

According to the Chilliwack Progress, Hemlock Resort located in Harrison Lake, British Columbia will receive $1.5 billion in enhancements over five phases throughout the next half century. The enhancements will increase the resort’s lodging from 1,076 units to over 20,00 units, 23 new chairlifts, an 18-hole golf course, a mountain biking system, and much more.

The main goal of this face-lift is to transform Hemlock Resort into a year-round destination for outdoor enthusiasts. This major enhancement is made possible by the Berezan Management Ltd, along with the Sts’ailes First Nation, and the environmental assessment of the resort was done by Pottinger Gaherty environmental consulting firm. 

“Hemlock Resort has been an important contributor to the local  economy for decades. With this new master plan, Hemlock is better positioned to support continued economic development and tourism in the Fraser Valley as a unique all-season resort,” said Chilliwack-Hope MLA Laurie Throness.

Hemlock Resort was unable to for the 2014-15 season due to a lack of snowfall, as you can see here on January 5th, 2015.

Although, one may think that $1.5 billion could fix all of Hemlock’s issues, there’s one issue that money can’t fix and that’s the weather. The resort was unable to open up for the 2014-2015 season due to a lack of snowfall. Berezan Management Ltd is hopeful that enhanced snowmaking technology can solve those issues and keep the resort open.

“One out of nine years we didn’t open, and of course that’s very expensive when you do that, because you keep staff around, all year you have the staff, so it’s a pretty expensive little venture,” said resort owner Ralph Berezan.

Hemlock Resort is rather small currently, but that will change over the next half century!

Mountain Statistics (Pre-Development):

Vertical Drop: 1,200 feet

Skiable Terrain: 340 acres

Annual Snowfall: 430 inches

Number of Lifts: 1 surface lift, 2 double chairs, and 1 triple chair

Number of Trails: 35

Area Details: Alpine Skiing, Night Skiing, 13Km Cross Country Skiing, Snow Tubing, Snowboarding, Terrain Park, and Snowshoe Trails

The intended enhancements of Hemlock Resort proposed by the Berezan Management Ltd.

The Berezan Management Ltd is hopeful that 23 new chairlifts and a housing unit increase of about 1900% will increase revenue and bring in skiers from all over the world.

Vancouver is only about 2 hours away from Hemlock Resort and they hope to draw skiers in from that area. Vancouver is on the left represented by the star, while Hemlock Resort is represented by the red pin on the right.
Hemlock Resort is banking on drawing in some of the 600,000 Vancouver residents to help support the resort.

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2 thoughts on “$1.5 BILLION in Improvements For Hemlock Ski Resort, B.C.

  1. Greedy bastards want their cut. Maybe British Columbia should work more on conservation of their gorgeous natural areas…they have enough ski resorts.

    PS – I’m a skier and a backpacker / backcountry camper – the more substantial the wilderness and level of protection, the more I’m interested!

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