If you’re going to build a new ski area for roughly $600 million, it doesn’t hurt to own a company that literally made its fortune off gold.
According to the Vancouver Sun, Barrick Gold Corp is weighing its options concerning transforming one of its old nickel mines in British Columbia’s Fraser Valley into a four season, mountainside resort. The “Giant Nickel All Season Resort” would potentially feature a gondola as well as 10 trails located firmly between Sunshine Peak and Whistler Blackcomb.
In an interview with the Vancouver Sun, district rep Dennis Adamson says the local support is overwhelming. “Not a day goes by when I don’t get someone asking me when the ski hill will be open.” He estimates the ski area will cost somewhere in the ballpark of $600 million.
Barrick has already come to terms with local agriculture officials concerning boundaries of the ski area but a two-year long environmental assessment still stands in the way of bulldozers. That’s IF the owners decide to move forward with the plan in the first place.
So far no formal intent has been given by Barrick.
In the meantime, only a small trail map has been given out to the public as a teaser. Mountain stats are also hard to come by. The one elevation listed includes a summit that is listed as being 5125′ tall.
Find the entire Vancouver Sun article here: Barrick Gold hopes to strike it rich with Fraser Canyon ski resort