Bridal Veil Mountain Resort Sees 2030 Olympic Games Opportunity
BRIDAL VEIL MOUNTAIN RESORT SEES 2030 OLYMPIC GAMES OPPORTUNITY
Proposed resort project could give Chilliwack the chance to apply as a venue city
Chilliwack, BC (June 7, 2021): Following a meeting last week with former VANOC CEO John Furlong, the team behind the proposed Bridal Veil Mountain Resort (BVMR) came out today in support of his vision for a regional bid to host the 2030 Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games in as many as eight or nine British Columbia communities. BVMR President Robert Wilson says if his team’s resort proposal is given the green light by the province there may also be an opportunity for Chilliwack to submit a proposal to be one of the bid’s venue cities.
“John’s vision of a using a number of BC communities makes a lot of sense and is generating tremendous interest, as well as broad support,” said Wilson. “We know there will be a lot of competition from cities around the province to be part of a 2030 bid, but if the Province approves our Bridal Veil Mountain Resort proposal, and we have the support of Stó:lō communities, Chilliwack and the regional district, I’d like all of us to come together and make a proposal to be considered. While there are no guarantees, the 2010 Games showed all of us the tremendous benefits that come with hosting the Games and being a venue city. If there is any possibility at all, I’d like to see that opportunity for Chilliwack in 2030.”
Wilson said the first step in the BVMR long-term vision is to build one of its two sightseeing gondolas, but preliminary plans, which are still subject to First Nations engagement and input, are designed so the project can quickly scale up and expand as needed.
“With strong Stó:lō and local community support, and provincial, regional, and municipal governments that are prepared to help us meet deadlines, we are confident that we could build a tremendous mountain resort that meets Olympic standards,” said Wilson. “But no matter what happens next, we fully support John’s vision and a potential BC bid for the 2030 Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games. British Columbians have already shown the world what we can do, and the 2030 Olympic and Paralympic Games would be another opportunity to showcase our province and our cities to the world, and we’d like Chilliwack to be a part of that story.”
The proposed Bridal Veil Mountain Resort is currently in the expression of interest phase of the provincial government’s all-season resort development application process. On Thursday, June 17 at 7:00 pm, the project team will hold a virtual information session so the public can learn more about this exciting new tourism attraction. A Zoom Link is available on the project website home page at www.bridalveilmountainresort.ca.
About Bridal Veil Mountain Resort
BVMR is an all-season mountain resort proposed for Chilliwack, 100 km east of Vancouver. The project would be located in in S’ólh Téméxw, the traditional and unceded lands of the Stó:lō people. The project is currently in the Expression of Interest stage of British Columbia’s all-season resort development application process. For more information, visit www.bridalveilmountainresort.ca
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