The Jumbo Glacier Resort was a year-round ski resort proposed in the Jumbo Valley in the heart of BC’s Purcell Mountains. Located in the traditional territory of the Ktunaxa Nation, 55 km west of Invermere, the resort would have occupied 6,000 hectares and access four glaciers. For nearly 30 years, local residents, concerned citizens and the Ktunaxa Nation strongly opposed this development for environmental, economic and spiritual reasons—and they won!
The first time Meredith Hamstead saw Jumbo was during a heliski trip, alongside the very man hell-bent on building a ski resort on its sacred slopes.
“It was bluebird skies and deep powder skiing. Perfection,” Meredith recalls. “I was in the middle of our group’s lunch break having this thought: ‘This place is perfect whether or not we are here to experience it – it is not here for me, but for itself’…"
If you have been involved on the ground with the Jumbo Wild campaign, you likely know Jim Galloway. His name is synonymous with Jumbo Wild. He has been an active member since its early days. We caught up with Jim recently to hear his reflections on the 30-year battle to keep Jumbo wild.