Jumbo Resort Municipality Mayor Greg Deck (right) and his council approved permits that will allow the start of construction on the controversial year-round resort west of Invermere.

Jumbo granted approval to build lifts and a small lodge

The Jumbo Glacier Resort in the East Kootenay has been given a green light to build lifts and a lodge.

The Jumbo Glacier Resort in the East Kootenay has been given a green light to build lifts and a lodge.

On Tuesday, Jumbo mayor Greg Deck and the resort municipality’s council approved permits that allow ski lifts and a lodge of up to 150 rooms at the base of Farnham Glacier.

“It allows the operator to use a lift on the glacier as opposed to a snow cat and allows for fixed roof accommodation,” Deck told CBC radio.

The proposed $450-million high elevation glacier based ski resort west of Invermere is planned in three phases and will ultimately include 5,500 bed-units in a 104-hectare resort base area. It is projected to provide approximately 3,750 people years of construction employment and create 750 to 800 permanent full-time jobs.