The Proposed Resort
The Jumbo Glacier Resort was a proposed four-season mega ski resort in the the heart of the Central Purcell Mountains. From the proposed base, at the head of the Jumbo Valley, lifts would have accessed four glaciers: Farnham, Commander, Jumbo and Karnak. The real estate development would cover approximately 104 hectares. Ski areas accessed would have brought the total resort footprint to more than 6,000 hectares.
If fully built, the Jumbo Glacier Resort would have included 5,500 tourist beds and 750 staff beds. It would have had more than 20 lifts, including a gondola, t-bars and chairlifts to access skiing on nearby glaciers.
The Jumbo Valley is in the heart of B.C.’s Columbia Mountains, in the Purcell Range. It is where grizzly bear science meets grizzly bear spirit. The area has long been revered for its spiritual significance and beauty. To the Ktunaxa Nation, it is known as Qat’muk, home of the grizzly bear spirit. Biologists recognize the area as critical core grizzly bear habitat.
It is 55 km from the nearest community of Invermere, and 35 kilometres from the Panorama Mountain Village, accessible via a rough dirt Forest Service Road.