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New huge Canadian resort moves closer
Wednesday April 17, 2013 - Email this article to a friend

The Jumbo Glacier ski area on the border of British Columbia and Alberta has taken another step forward. It has been designated a 'Mountain Resort Municipality' giving it's proposed location further legal status. It would be open year-round.

It is still a dream - nothing has actually been built yet. However its proposed existence has moved closer.

The project, with a location near Invermere, the closest town also to the existing Panorama ski resort, was first mooted 22 years ago and has gone through numerous challenges over the decades but is currently officially 'go'

If built Jumbo Glacier would incorporate four glacier ski areas and at build-out have around 20 lifts operational.

It would be the only fully year-round ski area in North America and one of three such resorts worldwide, joining Austria's Hintertux and Switzerland's Zermatt.

It would have a 1,715 vertical metre vertical in the winter and 700 metres of vertical in summer. 

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The winter vertical would be 2m more than current 'biggest vertical in North America' resort Revelstoke, also in British Columbia, and with Whistler Blackcomb currently in second place, it would give BC resorts the three biggest verticals on the continent.

The top lift height of 3419m would be the highest in Canada, one of the 20 highest in North America, topped only by resorts in Colorado and New Mexico and one of the 40 highest in the world. 

The 700m summer vertical would also be among the top 10 worldwide.

The current BC government is reported to be in favour of the project but elections next month may bring in a government more likely to be opposed to the project.

There are also many opponents to the project on environmental grounds, one saying the remote location is a habitat for grizzly bears.

There is no real timescale for development on the resort, which initially requires and access road to be built to the site.

The proposed cost is $450m.

We have reported on the development in the past here on PlanetSKI.

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