Valemount Glacier Destination Resort – a potential year-round skiing and alpine resort worth $175 million – has taken another step forward with the B.C. government’s approval of a master plan.
The proposed resort is located in the Cariboo Mountains immediately west of the Village of Valemount and would be a major economic contributor to the region. The project has strong support from the local MLA and the Simpcw First Nation, as well a variety of stakeholders including local residents, community groups, the Village of Valemount and the Regional District of Fraser-Fort George. Public consultation was completed in March 2016.
With the master plan, the proponent envisions year-round glacier skiing, gondola access for alpine sightseeing, and a 1,997-bed unit base area development.
Located within the traditional territory of the Simpcw First Nation (North Thompson), the project offers long-term economic development prospects.
“This is a tremendous opportunity for the the people of Valemount and the Simpcw First Nation," said Oberto Oberti, president of Valemount Glacier Destination Ltd.
“The Simpcw First Nation is pleased that the master plan for the Valemount Glacier Destination Resort has been approved by the Province of B.C.," said Simpcw Chief Nathan Matthew. "We look forward to participation in the continued planning and development of this important economic development project in the northern part of our territory.”
Now that the master plan has been approved, Valemount Glacier Destination Resort will work with the Ministry of Forests, Lands and Natural Resource Operations on the master development agreement.
The master development agreement is the land use contract between the resort proponent and the Province and details how the resort will be constructed and operated. Once a master development agreement is in place, resort construction can proceed.