You may remember back in 2016 when the Canadian provincial government signed off on a project that would grant Squamish to build an all-season mountain resort on the well-known Brohm Ridge which lies just five minutes north of the mountainside village.
Since it was granted environmental approval, the project seems to be headed forward in a positive direction, with construction slated to start by 2023 if everything goes as planned. There are still a few loose ends to tie up before the project is given the go-ahead, but many are positive of the outcome.
The $3.5 billion resort would concentrate on mountain biking and hiking during the warmer months, and then shift gears and focus on skiing and snowboarding during the winter months. This would give tourists and locals alike another option for their activities. The size of the resort is planned to be smaller than Whistler, but larger than Grouse with 1,635 acres of ski and snowboard terrain, 131 trails for hikers and bikers, 21 lifts, and able to accommodate a whopping 17,538 people.
The resort will also bring with it job opportunities, with 5,000 being needed for the construction alone, and then 3,000 once the job is completed to work around the resort. It is also being reported that as part of an affordable housing program, up to 12.5% of the beds located at the resort will be reserved specifically for employees.
Other activities at the resort will include an alpine roller coaster, a bike park, ice skating, and snow tubing, with an indoor activity center and sleigh rides also being considered for possible attractions.
For those wishing to reach the proposed resort, a shuttle will be available, as well as bus service from Squamish.
As the months go on, we’ll learn more about the final decision on the resort,