Plans for a major new ski resort project near Vancouver have been put forward by a group of local businessmen. The proposed ski area would be slightly closer to the city than Whistler ski resort.
An ‘expression of interest’ – the first stage in a ski resort planning application in British Columbia – has been lodged for the proposed Bridal Veil Mountain Resort just outside the town of Chilliwack in the Fraser Valley.
The project aims to develop “an all-season mountain resort that has the potential to equal B.C.’s premiere destination resorts”, says the initial resort prospect. The project area is proposed for the mountains east of Chilliwack, wholly within S’ólh Téméxw, the traditional and unceded lands of the Stó:lō people.
“With a potential operating area of 11,500 acres, ski runs averaging 2,300 feet of skiable vertical, and terrain to suit every skill and experience level, Bridal Veil Mountain Resort has the potential to physically match the size and capacity of Big White, Silver Star, Sun Peaks, Fernie, and Revelstoke,” say the businessmen.
Skiers would reach the base area by means of one of two gondola lifts from the valley floor with easy access from the Trans-Canada Highway.
“It is our intention to develop Bridal Veil Mountain Resort through a full and meaningful participation and ownership partnership with the Stó:lō Communities in S’ólh Téméxw. This we believe would be the first such jointly developed four-season mountain resort in Canada,” say the proposals.
More information: bridalveilmountainresort.ca