May 22, 2013 - 4:59 PM
Sun Peaks Resort will push ahead with plans to expand after a B.C. Supreme Court decision yesterday in Vancouver.
"It's good news for Sun Peaks and basically the ski industry in B.C.," said Darcy Alexander, Vice President and General Manager of Sun Peaks Resort Corporation.
The Adams Lake Indian Band lost after challenging provincial licensing that permitted the resort to add a new chairlift and additional ski runs.
"We worked with the province to address the concerns of the local First Nations band involved," Alexander said. "We thought we'd done that."
Alexander said the courts decision was the one he had expected.
"We've been following the rules," he said. "We've been doing similar kinds of things for over 20 years."
The court challenge stalled development while the case made it's way through the court system for about a year.
Now that the resort has been approved to proceed, the area next to Mount Morrisey will be cleared to make way for 'West Morrisey' which will consist of half a dozen ski runs and a new chairlift expected to be completed in about two years.
The new area will bring the resort up to over 125 runs and a dozen lifts.
"We look forward to continuing on," Alexander said.
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