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Garibaldi at Squamish

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Garibaldi at Squamish comment period extended to January 14. Do we need another ski resort in the Sea to Sky Corridor? Whether you do or don’t, the comment period for the Garibaldi at Squamish (GAS) four-season resort has been extended to January 14. The Garibaldi at Squamish proposal  for environmental approval is for a resort that would be centered on Brohm Ridge. The resort project calls for a lift system on the ridge, two championship golf courses at lower elevations and residential developments on 1,200 hectares of land above Highway 99 just north of Squamish. The development proposal includes more than 1,700 hotel units and 5,736 housing units on Crown land between Alice Lake Provincial Park and Garibaldi Provincial Park. The project boundaries circle Cat Lake and push up against a portion of Brohm Lake. Mt. Garibaldi The B.C. Environmental Assessment Office (EAO) is collecting comments as part of a public consultation process associated with the Garibaldi at Squamish proposal. Of the comments collected so far, a number have expressed concerns around: the impact on access to Cat Lake, commercialization of the backcountry, impact on the snowmobile riders who currently have access to the Crown land, oversaturation of ski and snowboard operations in the region. Sled on Garibaldi While Whistler Mayor Nancy Wilhelm-Morden suggested that the “cluster” concept of mountain resorts won’t work in the Sea to Sky Corridor, Wolfgang Richter – a member of the development group –  believes that the clustering will work, and that Garibaldi at Squamish will make a positive contribution to the economy of the corridor. “There’s a billion-dollar highway that the province paid for to help the Olympics along,” he told Pique   in September 2013. “My sense is that it’s time for a new cash register along the highway to pay down that debt.” View from Mt. Garibaldi Details of the resort proposal can be found at www.eao.gov.bc.ca. The EAO is accepting feedback through an online form found at www.eao.gov.bc.ca/pcp/index.html or by sending a fax to 250-356-6448. Hand-written submissions can also be mailed to the EAO office in Victoria. Garibaldi at Squamish