If all goes to plan, the first of four phases of Garibaldi at Squamish ski resort’s construction could begin in 2023 which would allow them to open for the 2025 season. The remaining phases would be complete over a timeline ending at 2040.
Daily Hive reports the proposed resort just released a new 168 page draft of their Updated Master Plan (including the renderings pictured) to address many of the sweeping environmental approval conditions they need to satisfy, entering a new round of public consultation. Before breaking ground the Garibaldi at Squamish has to sort out the details with local government so they can benefit from the taxes on the development and the provincial government’s Mountain Resorts Branch still has to approve a master development agreement for the use of the public land. So lets just say it’s not sure thing quite yet.
The first phase of construction would create a mid-sized mountain resort with 610 acres of terrain service by 8 chairlifts. The resort capacity will be about 4,000 guests, supported by nearly 1,000 staff and 5,000 beds.Ultimately by 2040 the resort wants nearly triple in size to 1,635 acres serviced 21 lifts. The capacity at that point will be 17,538 guests but its critically important that construction of further phases is dependent on the success of the first phase adding a massive variable to the proposition.
If they did enter the 4th phase and the would still be much smaller than Whistler Blackcomb (North America’s largest resort @ 8,171 acres). They want to find a middle market of skiers who will pay a bit more what you might expect at mom and pop mountain but not as much as you would be spending at Whistler:
“The resort will in all cases be in between the North Shore areas and Whistler. It will be bigger in size than the North Shore but smaller than Whistler, more expensive than the local hills but much less than Whistler, and offer more terrain than the North Shore but less than Whistler.” -Garibaldi at Squamish’s VP for Planning Rod MacLeod
Garibaldi at Squamish’s approval and construction details are very much in flux and we will be sure to update the progress and news comes in. Stay tuned.
If you are interested in reading the entirety of the 168 page Garibaldi Master Plan Update please READ HERE.
images from garibaldiatsquamish.ca