The owners of the Jumbo Glacier ski resort have been given approval to begin construction of chairlifts and lodges by the newly designated resort municipality of Jumbo.
The local Jumbo area has been designated a ‘resort municipality’ by the British Columbia Government. This area is large and extremely mountainous with no real local population.
Jumbo Mayor Greg Deck and the council passed permits this Tuesday that OK ski lifts, a 150-room lodge, and a day lodge. The lodges will be located at the base of the Farnham glacier (shown in above image).
This project is nothing if not controversial. Environmentalist have been fighting the Jumbo ski resort tooth and nail. Their latest claim is that Jumbo hasn’t actually gathered the investment capital to see the project through.
“I think it’s an unfortunate next step in a doomed proposal that is yet to see any significant investment.” – John Bergenske, with the environmental group Wildsight
The Jumbo Glacier ski resort has had many supporters and many adversaries over the years. Yes, this place looks like it will be unreal from a skiing & riding perspective. We’d certainly go here. But at what cost to the environment? This is a relatively untouched area the is thriving biologically. Is it worth putting in a mega ski resort and putting wildlife at risk for our skiing & riding enjoyment? Is the current state of the world’s economy strong enough to support another mega resort in Canada?
Either way, it looks like this resort will come to fruition. The plans for Jumbo are so jumbo that it’s going to take 20 years to build it.
We’re just going to have to wait and see if the old adage is true: “If you built it, they will come.”
- The only year-round ski area in North America & one of only three such resorts worldwide
- The top lift height of 11,217 feet would be the highest in Canada
- Jumbo will have 5,627 vertical feet, the most in North America by a foot over Revelstoke
- In summer, Jumbo will have 2,300 vertical feet on the glaciers
- Some $15-20 million a year in construction activity for a period of twenty years is expected until buildout
- $450 million is the proposed cost of the Jumbo ski resort project
• Base: 1,700 metres (5,500 feet)
• Jumbo Glacier: 3,419 metres (11,217 feet) [highest in Canada]
• Glacier Dome: 3,000 metres (9,900 feet)
• Winter: 1,715 metres (5,627 feet)
• Summer: 700 metres (2,300 feet)
• Controlled Recreation Area: 5,925 hectares
• Approximate area of marked ski runs and trails: 611 hectares
• Number of accessible glaciers: 4 (Glacier Dome, Jumbo Glacier, Commander Glacier, Farnham Glacier)
• Number of lifts at build-out: 20 – 23
• Average Skiers Per Day at build-out: 2,700