Ski Fans, Prepare to Go Nuts Over This $3.5 Billion Whistler Resort

But you'll have to be verrrrrry patient.

Brace yourselves, Apres Ski fans: a new ski area is on its way into the world, and it sounds beyond fabulous.

The proposed recreation area won’t be here for at least another 20 years, but plans for it received a crucial approval recently from the provincial government. The resort-centered area would be planted right on Brohm Ridge near Squamish, British Columbia. Proposed by Garibaldi at Squamish Inc., this massive compound is estimated to require $3.5 billion to fully construct. And now we have the all-clear to start daydreaming.

Some of the features proposed for this ski area include 23 ski lifts, 124 developed trails, a car-free village, Alpine and Nordic skiing, as well as snowshoeing, summer recreation, and base activities. As well, it will have 1,675 hotel units as well as private accommodations.

On one hand, there are plenty of resort ski areas that already exist in the Whistler area and are perfect for skiing and apres ski activities. But on the other hand, this area sounds over-the-top impressive —and it's supposedly supported by the Squamish Nation. Plus, the plan is under tight scrutiny to ensure that the environment is protected as much as possible during the process.

So if Whistler Backcomb — the direct competitor of this future ski area — is sold out or just isn’t your bag, something else is in the pipeline for you. You just won’t see it IRL until 2036. 

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