New ski resort between Merrit and Hope
Westscapes Development Inc. has made a preliminary application to the B.C. Environmental Assessment Office for a resort halfway between Hope and Merritt, east of the Coquihalla Highway near the summit and toll booth. It's described as a "comprehensive resort and village development" with ski runs, an 18-hole golf course, conference facilities, a spa and aquatic centre. The application was submitted under the name Coquihalla Pass Resort. It is also to include parking for 2,000 vehicles, an on-site road system and 3,300 housing units, including hotel rooms, condos, townhouses, single family houses and staff accommodation. Future phases envision two remote lodges, one at the base of lifts servicing the East Anderson Valley and another at the base of the upper Coldwater Valley for a proposed snow-cat skiing operation.
The proposal also includes 60,000 square feet of commercial space, including skier services, food and beverage and retail space. Public open houses on the draft proposal begin last week in Feb. in Merritt and Hope.