Development on mountainous terrain requires special solutions. We have the in-house experience to determine the best pre-engineering design, setting grades to ensure all of the resort components work together from ski in / ski out trail connections to complex, multi-level village plans.
BHA uses 3D imaging and flybys in every project undertaken, not only as a visual communication tool but also as a key planning tool.
Planning and Design for Sustainability
We integrate sustainable planning and design practices into all of our projects. BHA has lead or assisted in the creation of policy and/or design guidelines focused on achieving sustainable outcomes.
Once the Master Plan is in place, we work closely with our clients assisting in the approval processes. This includes applications for: Master Plan Approvals, Tenure Permits, Official Community Plan Amendments, Development Permit Approvals and Zoning Bylaw Approvals.
As the ‘mapping’ division for many ski resorts across North America we have experience producing quality resort trail maps in-house.
We have authored the “Guidelines to Alpine Ski Area Development in British Columbia” and the “All Season Resort Guidelines” for the Province of British Columbia. BHA has also created the development guidelines for a variety of ski resorts.
BHA has been engaged on several occasions to assist the BC Provincial government, the Resort Municipality of Whistler and ski associations with the creation of resort development policy and best practices.
First Nations Planning
We assist our clients in aligning their plans with First Nations objectives and expectations and facilitate meetings and agreements. Our initiatives have resulted in joint-venture agreements and partnerships that show the value and mutual benefit that can be achieved through these processes.
Resort Community Planning
Having lived and participated in the development of Whistler over the past thirty years, the staff of BHA have an in-depth insight into the myriad of issues that must be considered for a resort community to be successful. We have led a variety of community plan projects including the Banff Community Plan, Revelstoke Official Community Plan and the Valemount Strategic Plan,
Community Ski Area Design
Community ski hills are critical to the overall success of the ski industry and when planned properly are a tremendous community asset. We specialize in creating ski area plans that explore all-season opportunities in order to maximize community utility.