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at Kicking Horse the first two large condo-hotels in a planned village have
been built, along with another condominium property built by Whistler’s Rod
Nadeau. But the emphasis right now is on high-end single-family development.
Ballast Nedam Canada Ltd., the resort developer, is also the recommended
builder for the single-family houses.
Horse, being just off the Trans Canada Highway, gets tourist traffic
year-round. For that reason the developers built the Golden Eagle Express
Gondola to take people from the base of the mountain directly to the Eagle’s
Eye restaurant at the top, where fabulous food and views are proffered.
A golf course is planned at Kicking
Horse, but like much of the village it has yet to be developed. Summer
activities currently consist of downhill mountain biking on the mountain,
rafting in the rivers, golf in Golden and paragliding.
in the West Kootenays, Red Mountain Resort is finally getting off the ground.
There aren’t any new lifts yet, but the first condo development in what will
become the village is under construction.
was purchased two years ago by Red Mountain Ventures, a private investment
group led by San Diego’s Howard Katkov. A master development plan has been
agreed to with the town of Rossland. The plan includes building 1,400
accommodation units and 70,000 square feet of commercial space in the village.
It also includes rights to expand the ski area from its current 1,585 acres to
and Granite mountains have always been favourites of skiers and boarders, and
the town of Rossland is as funky and charming as they come. Whether that’s
enough to draw investors remains to be seen.
relationship to Red and its development is more advanced than Revelstoke’s with
Mount MacKenzie, but there are parallels. The City of Revelstoke desperately
wants the Revelstoke Mountain Resort to succeed, and as owner of some of the
land included in the development parcel the city has been an active participant
in various development plans over more than 20 years.