Just 5 miles North of Squamish, east of the famous Sea to Sky Highway, on Brohm Ridge, lies the groundwork for a new all-season resort. The project labeled Garibaldi at Squamish aims to be a mid-size ski resort. The area seeks to strike the balance between the terrain and culture of Whistler and the North Shore.
Since the project gained preliminary environmental approval in 2016, the planning process has intensified. Through a 4-step process, the project led by Aquilini Development seeks to first add 8 lifts and construct a base area by 2025. The Base area will be located at an elevation of 1100metres so that there is sufficient snow for the ski area. Aquilini Investments also owns the Vancouver Canucks and Sutton Place Hotels, so there should be sufficient funds for the project
Pending further environmental and provincial approvals, Aquilini plans to construct 247 Ha of Hiking, Biking, and Ski trails for a capacity of 4370 people in Phase 1. In addition, the base area will have significant retail/lodging space. Similarly, real estate opportunities will also be incorporated.
The overall goal of the project as stated by Aquilini Investments is,
“To build a compact yet complete resort in Phase 1, and to develop incrementally into an international destination to meet the market demand while keeping the resort amenities, tourist lodging, housing and services always in balance.”
Due to the high number of intermediate skiers all over the world, Aquilini wants to highlight such skiers in the ski area. This market segmentation estimate is similar to what was found by Atomic (savor-the-simplicity). As a result,
“The slope gradient analysis indicates that the study area is dominated by moderate terrain, suitable for intermediate-level skiers (i.e., gradients of 25 to 45%)”
However, due to the sheer size of the ski area, expert skiers will also have sufficient terrain to explore, especially off-piste. For backcountry enthusiasts, the projected ski area could serve as an access point to the serious high alpine terrain around the Garibaldi Massiv.
Depending on further local and provincial approval the Project will move forward. For more information take a look at https://www.garibaldiatsquamish.ca
Further information and the current plan are available at Garibaldi-Concept-MP-170623-Final.pdf