A whopping $3.5 billion investment is to be reached with the plans to build a brand new ski resort between Vancouver and Whistler. Currently known as Garibaldi located at Squamish on Brohm Ridge on Mount Garibaldi, the project partners will collaborate to create a permanent name that will be released later this year. But what does it potentially have in store?
Located off the sea to sky highway between Whistler and Vancouver, the original concept goes back to the mid-nineties and back in 2016 the plans received environmental approval from British Columbia’s government. But now feedback is needed from Squamish locals on the projected plans. A main village is planned which will be the hub of accommodation, 80% of which will be ski-in ski-out, restaurants and commercial spaces such as an ice rink, bike park, snow tubing and even an alpine roller coaster as well as an indoor activity centre. This main resort will sit at the foot of the slopes at 1,130m and will have 130 pistes and 21 lifts to cater for a capacity of 15,250 riders at one time as well as walking and biking trails for the summer. In terms of the scale of the resort, it won’t be as big as neighbouring Whistler which is 8 acres in comparison to the 6 acres that have been proposed.
The planned resort has already undergone improvements by the developers who have added in more advanced north facing slopes like Whistler’s popular ones so that there is a balance of runs to suit all abilities. Could this be another epic all-round resort?
It’s still going to be a while until it will all be set in place. By 2020 it is hoped that the project will have full support of the local government so that they can enter the final design stage of the planning so construction can begin in 2023. The estimated opening date is 2025 and the resort will be fully completed by 2040. It’s going to be a long wait but one that will definitely be worth it!