Ski & Snow Potential
The primary draw will be the exceptional ski and snowboard facilities. All levels of alpine skiers and snowboarders will enjoy the multiple runs, snowboard parks, night skiing, and cat-skiing. The mountain concept plan includes a total of 16 major lift systems and a beginner zone which will have several moving carpet lifts.
Those who make up the cross-country skiing and snow-shoeing segment of the market will be delighted with the large areas designated for their respective activities. In excess of 200 km of groomed cross-country trails will be developed around Jones Lake. These trails will primarily encompass the areas surrounding Jones Lake. Bigfoot will have the largest network of groomed cross-country trails in the Southern half of British Columbia. There will also be areas marked off specifically for show-shoeing. These areas will not be groomed, and will offer a pristine wilderness experience.
In addition, other winter activities such as sleigh-rides, ice-skating, tubing, and tobogganing will be available at or near the village center.
The elevation, terrain, and snow conditions of Bigfoot are vastly superior to all mountains within a 4 hour radius. The Ski Area at Bigfoot consists of approximately 9,248 hectares of Crown Land. The lift areas will be capable of supporting 10,400 skiers/snowboarders per day on 449 acres of developed terrain.
The terrain within the Bigfoot area is comprised of 23 pods suitable for ski development, covering approximately 1,060 hectares. In addition to the resort’s capacity, Mt. Ling’s 6623 foot elevation and vertical drop of 5,000 feet, and Mt. Foley’s 7,990 foot elevation and vertical drop of 5000 feet will make Bigfoot larger than any ski area in the Lower Mainland and second only to Whistler/Blackcomb.
According to Snow Board Travel Guide 2002, statistics show that snowboarders account for over 40% of lift tickets sales. This group tends to start early and ride late into the season. This enthusiastic group ride more often than skiers ski. Moreover, the guide indicates that the top10 ski resorts in North America attribute their rank according to the needs of snowboarders. To accommodate the fast growing demands of snowboarders, Bigfoot will have two snowboard terrain parks, complete with regulation half-pipes in an area designated solely for snowboarders.
The village center will accommodate winter visitors who are looking for a quick getaway - excellent fare served next to a cozy fireplace, a quick stroll around the shops, or a quick hot tub before retiring for the night. Whatever their desire, the winter wonderland of Bigfoot Recreation & Ski Area is sure to accommodate.