The 2019 Long-Range Plan for the Lake Louise Ski Resort has been approved! The process which stretches back more than 3 years culminated this week when the Honourable Catherine McKenna, Minister of Environment and Climate Change, officially approved the the LRP (see News Release here). We at BHA congratulate the Locke family, the Lake Louise Ski Resort team, Parks Canada, and all the planners and consultants that have worked tirelessly to make the Vision for the Lake Louise Ski Resort a reality. Charlie Locke, owner and president, summed it up well when he said “This marks a massive accomplishment, and the beginning of an incredibly exciting new chapter for all of us in the LLSR family”. Keep an eye on the Lake Louise Ski Resort in the coming years as projects designed to reduce the ski area’s impact on wildlife, improve the guest’s ski experience, and better showcase the beauty and majesty of Banff National Park start to take shape. For those that are interested, the Long-Range Plan can be found here.
BHA has been involved in the planning and design efforts at the Lake Louise Ski Resort since the early 2000’s and have been with the Long-Range Planning process since the beginning, charged with the on-mountain planning and design of revised and new ski terrain and lifts, GIS database management and data distribution, and the formatting and production of the final Long-Range Plan. We look forward to continuing to work with the LLSR team as the approved projects take shape and the Resort evolves into a global destination through all four seasons.
Public Consultation April 23 – June 15, 2019
The Lake Louise Ski Area is currently seeking public comment on its first Long-Range Plan. The Long-Range Plan, or LRP, will serve to guide development at Lake Louise Ski Area for the next 10 to 15 years. It represents the culmination of a planning process that was initiated in 2006 with the creation of the Parks Canada Ski Area Management Guidelines and followed by the Lake Louise Site Guidelines for Development and Use in 2015. Throughout this period, the Lake Louise Ski Area has been engaged in a comprehensive planning process that will address the requirements laid out by Parks Canada and ensure the ski area remains a premier, international ski destination for years to come.
BHA was retained by the Lake Louise Ski Area to develop its Mountain Master Plan which will guide the improvement and expansion of all on-mountain facilities, including ski lifts, ski trails, and day lodges. As part of a team of consultants, BHA worked through a collaborative and iterative planning process to arrive at the preferred concept for the ski area. It will address existing challenges and imbalances in the on-mountain offerings and capitalize on the unrealized potential of the Lake Louise Ski Area.
The Lake Louise Ski Area and the consulting team are eager to hear your thoughts on the improvements and developments proposed in the LRP. Please find more information on the LRP and the public engagement process at https://lrp.skilouise.com/lrp. The public comment period ends June 15, 2019.
BHA is proud to learn that one of its projects has been awarded Iowa Top New Tourist Attraction for 2018 by MSN. The MSN Lifestyle article highlighted the best new tourist attractions all across America. As a state of the art all-season park, Sioux City Cone Park was selected as the top tourist spot for the state of Iowa. Built in 2016, the park’s recreation facilities were design by BHA as part of the Cone Park Master Plan, a project developed in conjunction with SEH. The first phase of development of the Cone Park Master Plan included a selection of core activities and services intended to create a major all-season recreation hub for the region : an exciting Tube Park showcasing on-snow sound and light effects, a day lodge with an outdoor fire pit, an all-season trail network, and a refrigerated ice rink that turns into a splash pad for the summer months.
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BHA was selected in the summer of 2017 to develop the first stage of the Cheakamus Crossing Phase 2 Master Plan. The goal of the project was to develop the plans for Whistler’s newest employee restricted housing development. BHA forged the blueprints of the future neighbourhood by completing a full analysis of the land, developing the housing densities, the project goals and objectives as well as the detailed vision for the new residential development. Fast forward a year later, the RMOW is moving the project into the second stage of planning. The latest plans, refined by the IBI team, will be presented to Whistler Community on October 1st 2018.
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COMMUNITY OPEN HOUSE
Monday, October 1, 2018
4:30 p.m. – 6:30 p.m.
Whistler Westin Resort & Spa – Emerald Ballroom
What better way to celebrate the launch of a new slopestyle course than with a party? Big White will be holding its inaugural invitational slopestyle event (Big White Invitational) this July 4 – 6. The event, hosted by pro-rider Tom Van Steenbergen, will see 30 of the world’s best riders take on the brand new slopestyle course designed by BHA and built by LOFT Bike Parks (owned by Van Steenbergen). The slopestyle course is comprised of two separate lines, a “gold” and “bronze”, suited to different skill levels, and will act as a qualifying event for Crankworx.
The development of the slopestyle course adds to Big White’s growing reputation as a mountain biking destination. The Big White Bike Park, also designed by BHA, opened last year and will see significant additions this year en route to becoming the mountain biking destination in British Columbia’s Okanagan. You can follow the progress at Bike @ Big White.
4 years after opening, the Sea to Sky Gondola in Squamish, BC is still amazing visitors with the beauty of its surrounding landscape. Featured as part of National Geographic’s See 30 Amazing Places in North America series, this eerily beautiful picture of the Sea to Sky suspension bridge taken by Xiao Ling Aw captures the natural wonder just steps from the Gondola’s top terminal.
BHA developed the management plan for the Sea to Sky Gondola, and continues to provide design and planning services as the number of visitors grows. Below is a preliminary 3D visualization of the top terminal developed by BHA during the initial planning process. Though not included in the visualization, the suspension bridge featured in the picture spans from the top terminal to the right over a steep chute (indicated by the smaller trees).