For nearly 30 years, local residents, concerned citizens and the Ktunaxa Nation strongly opposed the development of a year-round ski resort in the Jumbo Valley.
We won that battle. But we’re not done yet.
The Jumbo Valley is at the heart of the Purcell Mountains. This is one of North America’s most important wildlife corridors. Purcell Mountain grizzly bears are connected to grizzly bears in the Rocky Mountains, to the wild spaces in the north and even as far south as Yellowstone. Bears depend on this connection for survival—without it, bear populations become islands that wither away over time.
The fight for Jumbo was always about more than just stopping a ski resort. Our fight was about defending the heart of the wild Purcell Mountains and giving grizzly bears the freedom to roam. We built a movement during the 30 years it took to stop the Jumbo Glacier Resort.
Now that its heart will be kept wild, we look to the larger region in need of protection. Will you join us in protecting the Purcells?
The stage was set when Patagonia joined the Jumbo Wild campaign: we were up against Glacier Resorts Ltd., and were looking for more partners to stand with us.
“There was no shortage of passion. But there was an increasing sense of frustration – we’d been fighting for so long, and yet the resort kept moving forward," recalls Robyn Duncan, executive director of Wildsight.
It feels like deja vu.
A developer wants to build a massive ski resort in our mountains with a backcountry village and year-round recreation. The 55 square kilometre development would be right in the middle of important grizzly bear habitat and would cut off important routes for bears, wolverines and other creatures to roam.
Say no to the Zincton ski resort in the central Selkirk Mountains today!
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.