Billion dollar B.C. resorts planned (February 01, 2007)

REVELSTOKE, B.C. – Denver-based Simpson Property Group Canada is developing the Revelstoke Mountain Resort in Revelstoke, B.C., a $1-billion resort complete with an 18-hole golf course. Located on Mount Mackenzie, the resort will feature a multi-phase residential village at its base, including more than 2,000 hotel suites, 1,500 condo units, 850 townhouses, 550 single-family lots, commercial and retail space, and a heli-centre. The resort has been jointly designed by Perkins Design Associates of Fresno, Calif., and Ray Letkeman Architects of Vancouver.

A team of industry experts has been recruited to reduce the environmental impact of the resort by reducing emissions, utilizing green fuels and transportation, building green and energy efficient buildings, and supporting local businesses. The team includes Enkon Environmental, SE Group, Integrated Design Studio, Patty Xenos Design, Urban Systems, Skelton Design, and Holland Barrs Planning Group.

All real estate will be marketed by Sotheby’s International Realty Canada, from its Vancouver offices. The first release in Phase 1 of the resort will include 60 condos, from 450-sq.-ft. studios to 1500-sq.-ft. penthouses. The homes are expected to be ready this spring.

Mount Mackenzie, which receives 36 to 59 feet of snow annually, will have a 6,000-foot slope, beating Whistler-Blackcomb as the longest vertical run in North America. With the acquisition of heli-ski company Selkirk Tangiers and CAT Powder Skiing, Revelstoke Mountain Resort will be able to provide helicopter, snowcat and lift skiing. The resort will have 115 runs, 21 lifts and over 500,000 acres of skiable terrain. Crews have already begun clearing runs on the mountain and construction has begun on a $22-million eight-person gondola and high-speed chair lift. For more info

Another ski resort, the Red Mountain Resort in Rossland, B.C., is also undergoing a $1-billion dollar development that will include 1,400 base-area residences, new ski lifts and run expansions. The 15-year project is being developed by Red Development, Red Mountain Ventures and Ledcor Construction.

The first condos, already available at Slalom Creek, were designed by Fehlman LaBarre from San Diego and Newtown Architectural Services of Kelowna. The Slalom Creek development comprises two buildings with 67 units.

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