Jumbo Glacier Resort, a proposed year-round ski resort in British Columbia's East Kootenays is one huge step closer to becoming reality. At the Regional District of East Kootenay's (RDEK) monthly board meeting Friday, local politicians voted 8-7 to hand planning responsibility for the proposed Jumbo Glacier Resort over to the province. The board will ask the province to create a separate municipality for Jumbo Glacier, taking away local responsibility for zoning.
The plan has been in the work since the early 1990s (the first local public consultation for JGR started in the summer of 1991). Developers spent over a decade seeking approval for the project from successive provincial governments before clearing a major hurdle in 2007 when the master plan was approved.
Despite this huge step the development is still a long way from becoming a reality. The province still has to agree to create a resort municipality at Jumbo.
Jumbo Glacier Resort is located at the foot of Jumbo Mountain and Jumbo Glacier, 55 km west of Invermere, British Columbia (Canada). The year round resort, centred on a former sawmill site, will provide lift-serviced access to several nearby glaciers at an elevation of up to 3,400 metres (11,155 feet). The resort is planned in three phases and will ultimately include 5,500 bed-units (plus 750 beds for staff accommodations) in a 104 hectare resort base area. At build-out, the resort will see 2,000 to 3,000 visitors in high season. In winter, the resort will offer 1,700 metres (5,500 feet) of 100% natural snow vertical. In summer, up to 700 metres (2,300 feet) of glacier skiing vertical will be available.
At full build-out, the proposed $450 million resort would provide approximately 3,750 person years of construction employment and create 750 to 800 permanent full-time jobs.
"Jumbo Resort would be an ongoing employer for many years and with the College offering re-training to many mill workers, this is the closest economic stimulus we have had in a long time for this valley. Tourism is Radium’s number one economic driver. Jumbo will only enhance our future", said Dee Conklin, mayor of Radium Hot Springs and RDEK director.