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Plans approved for new ski resort in British Columbia

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I don't think this has been mentioned on snowHeads, but plans have been approved for a new ski resort at Valemount in British Columbia. This article says with the planned vertical descent of 2050m it will have the largest top-to-bottom distance of any ski resort in North America. The resort is planned to be built in three phases over a timescale of 15-20 years, although the first phase giving a descent of 1370m to the resort base is aiming to be complete and open to visitors by December 2018.

One problem commented on in the last link is the relative inaccessabilty of the resort - apparently it's a 5 hour drive from Edmonton.
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Alastair Pink wrote:


One problem commented on in the last link is the relative inaccessabilty of the resort - apparently it's a 5 hour drive from Edmonton.


What wieners! 😈 We drive that for a weekend's skiing. Last season, we did that 3 weekends in a row! I say HTFU! 😀
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Slightly off topic but whatever happened to the plans for Jumbo?
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I think that the point is that package tourists like short transfers and crowds more than long transfers and great snow. Evidence for this is everywhere. Hence the scepticism.

Regional airports... Kamloops (YKA) is about three hours away *in good weather*, and although highway 5 has Greyhound service it's not without challenge in the winter. Plus the airport is unreliable in weather. On the other hand you could fly in to Prince George and bag Powder King on the way. Or fly into Blue River... again unreliable in weather. And none of those make a lot of sense for mass tourism.

Perhaps they're betting on worse weather to come. If other places have no snow, the equation changes.

Jumbo: haven't heard where they are with that. But this is in a better place for the snow.
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General consensus from some of the BC locals:

-Jumbo is dead in the water.
-Not a lot of confidence that Valemount will actually go ahead (the same people responsible for jumbo - oberti - are behind valemount).
-Its in the middle of nowhere (and thats a Canadian middle of nowhere, where 2 hours is a short drive).
-Its going to be a massive failure (too remote for the average skieer and not enough extreme terrain to attract the more serious skiers).
-There might be all year skiing.
-It should be as snow sure as you can get.
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@ulmerhutte,

To prove the point somewhat (for my market survey of just me! Madeye-Smiley) . Red Mountain is one of the best places I have ever been skiing, it is (theoretically) a mere 8 hour drive from me, I have been exactly 0 times in the last 6 years.
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