The preliminary concept includes 18 chairlifts (plus the 2 gondolas), but this number isn’t fixed and will likely move around somewhat as we move through the planning process. The ratio of Beginner, Intermediate and Advanced ski trails is not known as we have not progressed to that level of detail. We can say that, based on the ski slope analysis, the EOI study area contains a mix of ski terrain that closely aligns with the skier marketplace (approximately 20% beginner/green, 60% intermediate/blue, and 20% advanced/black). One of our priorities if/when we get to more detailed planning will be to ensure that the ski trails on offer line up with this breakdown. We will have advanced/expert terrain for the experienced hard chargers, and beginner, ‘never-ever’ terrain for the people putting on skis for the first time.
For more information on terrain analysis, please check-out the Expression of Interest PDF found within the Resources section of our website.
Regarding public access to the existing Controlled Recreational Area, one of the options we would seek to explore is the creation of a Backcountry Access Management Plan developed collaboratively with public user groups. Of course, it should be noted that our highest priorities are the meaningful participation by the Stó:lō Communities, First Nations land stewardship values; and exploring this resort concept and joint equity ownership and management with the Stó:lō Communities. Therefore, should the proposed Bridal Veil Mountain Resort proceed to the next stage in the application process, any decisions will be jointly determined in collaboration with our Stó:lō Community Partners.
Bridal Veil Mountain Resort has the potential to match the size and capacity of BC mountain resorts like Big White, Silver Star, Sun Peaks, and Revelstoke. In terms of gondola-accessed mountain resorts, BVMR, as proposed, would be similar (in Canada) to Sunshine Village in Banff, (in Europe) to Avoriaz/Morzine in France and (in the United States) to Mountain Village in Telluride.
Click on the link below for a bar graph comparison of the proposed Bridal Veil Mountain Resort tenure compared to other well known ski hills.
It is anticipated the ski season could run from December to April, offering something for everyone, including ski runs for every skill and experience level and runs reaching 2,300 feet of skiable vertical.
While detailed winter climate studies remain to be completed, records show that the area’s natural snowfall is significant, and temperatures are suitable for snowmaking.
In summer, BVMR will offer lift-serviced downhill mountain biking, cross-country mountain biking, hiking, camping, zip lines, aerial adventure park, Indigenous cultural activities and sightseeing.
In winter, BVMR will offer downhill skiing, snowboarding, cross-country skiing, backcountry touring, skating, snowshoeing, tubing, Indigenous cultural activities and sightseeing.