Numerous reactions to Jumbo 'junket'

A junket to France to tout the Jumbo Glacier Resort project to potential investors has spurred a few regional leaders and organizations to offer their thoughts. 

It was announced a week back that Glacier Resort proponents, a number of Columbia Valley business owners, Village of Radium Hot Springs Mayor Dee Conklin and Kootenay East MLA Bill Bennett, are heading to France to meet with representatives with Compagnie des Alpes (, which owns a number of ski resorts in France, as well as Italy and Switzerland, and a number of theme parks in Europe. The French government controlled company is part of The Caisse des Dépôts et Consignations (Deposits and Consignments Fund), created in 1816.

Among Compagnie des Alpes missions is to develop high country ski resorts. Jumbo Glacier Resort, proposed for the upper Jumbo Creek Valley, 55 km west of Invermere, offers that scenario. The $1 billion (estimated) ski resort proposal, which would utilize adjacent glaciers for three-season skiing, would feature 5,500 beds and 750 staffing beds over a 104 hectare resort area .

MLA Bill Bennett told CBC News he is paying his own way to Paris and isn’t just going to be lobbying for Jumbo.

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