[Cover Photo: Valemount Glacier Destinations]
This morning local politicans, Simpcw First Nation leaders, and Valemount Glacier Destinations representatives gathered at the Best Western in Valemount, BC to announce their master plans’ recent approval by the provincial government.
Titled Valemount Glacier Destinations, the new ski area will be located in close proximity to numerous glaciers, providing a year-round alpine experience for its guests. The approval process began back in 2012 and the Master Plan Agreement (MCA) was composed using the input of the province of British Columbia and Simpcw First Nation leaders.
“This location opens lift access to one of the best snow zones and reliable climates for snow sports on the continent.” – Tomasso Oberti
Oberto Oberti, the former Director of Design at Oberti Resort Design, emphasized the work done by previous politicians and public servants, in particular recognizing Shirley Bond (MLA) for her efforts towards securing the approval required for the new ski area. Oberti previously made headlines for his controversial Jumbo Resort development and the Valemount project is largely seen as the completion of his promise to deliver a year-round ski area to Canada.
However, Oberti is not hogging the spotlight anymore. In many ways, he’s since placed the limelight on his son, Tomasso Oberti, who now serves as the director. Emphasizing the companies commitment to the surrounding environment, Tomasso highlighted his own messaging quite different from that of the Jumbo project saying, “VGD embodies the best of B.C. – environmentally sustainable design coupled with some of the best vistas and mountain experiences in the world.”
The entire development is projected to take between 15-20 years but resort officials are hoping they can open the slopes to the skiing public by Christmas of 2018.
- Annual Snowfall – 550″
- Vertical Drop – 6857′
- Base Elevation – 4265′
*Would be the third largest vertical drop in the world
Find the entire Master Plan here: Valemount Glacier Destinations