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.

Lake Louise Ski Resort – Proposed On-Mountain Developments (Runs, Glades, and Lifts) by BHA

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.

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.



BHA Cheakamus Crossing Phase 2 Report Summary:

For more info:

BHA – Cheakamus Crossing Preliminary Concept. Whistler Employee Restricted Housing Project.  BHA 2018

BHA – Cheakamus Crossing Phase II, Whistler – BHA & RMOW 2018


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).

BHA staff will be leading a Community Open House at the Pemberton Community Centre on Monday evening (April 9th, 2018) from 6-9pm.  The Community Open House is an important step as we work toward the completion of the updated Pemberton Valley Recreational Trails Master Plan.

A Community Meeting for Lil’wat Nation members will be held in Mount Currie on Tuesday, April 10th from 4:30-7:30pm, and led by Liz Scroggins of Grey Owl Consulting.

Read more here: SLRD to start public consultation on trails ‘master plan’ update.

To see more details, stay up to date, and fill out the Community Survey (starting April 9th), please visit: or

Envisioned as a regional all-season recreation hub, construction of Cone Park in Sioux City, Iowa is well underway and the opening day is tentatively planned for the Christmas break – December 2017.   In 2015, BHA was selected as the recreation and master planning specialist on a multi-disciplinary team charged with putting together this extensive all-season park project.  With opening day only a few weeks away, the lodge, tube park, and snowmaking system are almost ready to go.  The BHA team had the opportunity to work collaboratively with the staff at Sioux City Parks and Recreation to create a plan that offers a diverse and unique recreation opportunity for the many young families of the area.  As the project progresses, we at BHA continue to be amazed and heartened by the growing enthusiasm for this new all-season park, and are eager to see Cone Park open its door to the public.

This great project was a collaboration between BHA and the professionals from SEHV&KTorrent Eng. and RRC.


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Cone Park Snowmaking System Installation

As highlighted in the local newspaper  the BHA team was selected to complete a full master plan exercise with Mansfield Ski Club (MSC).   MSC and BHA have been working together since 2015 on a variety of projects to provide a balanced, authentic experience to the club members and visitors.  The Club, located 2 hours from Toronto, is one of the most renowned and oldest ski racing clubs of the province.  As such, the long standing traditions coupled with strong family and community ties, helped craft the new master plan details.  BHA also used 3D modeling, detailed analyses as well as the latest ski industry standards and trends to help MSC achieve a powerful vision for the club sustainability.  Lift realignment, refurbishing of the existing ski runs and upgrade of the ski product, development of resort residential neighbourhood, base area design and all-season plans were all part of the blueprint.   The first steps toward the realization of the master plan was the development of two new ski runs and the new triple chairlift installation in the Summer of 2016.  It was followed by the construction of the first residential unit in January 2017.

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