Jumbo Mayor Greg Deck and council passed the permits on Tuesday that allow ski lifts, a lodge of up to 150 rooms and a day lodge 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,” said Deck.
A huge mountainous area around the planned resort has been designated a resort municipality by the B.C. Government.
Jumbo’s builders now hope to install a lift on the glacier and begin building a permanent lodge for the controversial year-round ski resort planned for the mountains, west of Invermere.
But resort opponents are skeptical, saying approval from an appointed council doesn’t mean there is any money to build a year round resort.
John Bergenske, with the environmental group Wildsight says, “I think it’s an unfortunate next step in a doomed proposal that is yet to see any significant investment.”