Hemlock Valley, BC – Hemlock Resort took to Facebook on Friday morning, touting the fact that their 2014 Master Plan for future survival , has been approved the by Province as well as other organizations and agencies.
The timing is perfect as the new ski season is around the corner and last year Hemlock could not open at all, for lack of snow.
The resort closed due to bankruptcy receivership in 2005. In 2006, the resort was purchased by Berezan Hospitality group and reopened in December 2006.
Hemlock desperately needs other forms of entertainment and sports income to make a go of it.
The Hemlock Resort proposal includes ski area expansion to 18 lift-serviced areas, 2 golf courses, a marina on Harrison Lake and associated residential and commercial development. Average annual snowfall at Hemlock Valley is 30-35 ft. The vertical drop is 396 m (1,300 ft) from a summit elevation of 1,371 m (4,500 ft) to a base elevation of 975m (3,300 ft). The area comprises 121 hectares (300 acres) and has 34 runs, the longest of which is 1.4 miles (2.3 km). The area has four lifts – one triple chair, two double chairs and a beginner rope tow, and features night skiing and 13 kilometres of cross-country skiing trails as well as tubing and tobogganing areas.
The expansion that would see the resort become the largest resort facility of its kind in the Lower Mainland and Fraser Valley.
From their Facebook page: Congratulations to Berezan Management for securing approval for the Master Plan Development.
After 7 years of focused effort, working closely together with Sts’ailes and the BC Provincial Government in the development of a new Master Plan for Hemlock Resort, we are pleased to announce that we have cleared one of the final hurdles by securing approval for the development plan. This announcement brings Hemlock resort one step closer to becoming a year round playground in the Fraser Valley.
More details will be released as they become available. Now everyone do your snow dance!