The Walt Disney Company is proposing to expand its Parks & Resorts division with a new major $7-billion, world-class ski resort approximately 40 minutes north of Vancouver near Squamish.

Named ‘Garibaldi, A Disney Ski Resort’, the all-season resort project is a partnership with Vancouver Canucks owner Aquilini Investment Group and represents a drastic enhancement of the local company’s previously approved ‘Garibaldi at Squamish’ resort.

Although Disney is well known for its theme parks and hotel properties, this will be the company’s first foray into designing and operating a ski resort.

“An experience only Disney can deliver”

“This is an exciting new venture for the Walt Disney Company, and we will be bringing our very best to this global tourist destination to provide guests from around the world with an experience only Disney can deliver,” said Elias Oliver, chairman of Walt Disney Parks & Resorts, in a statement. “This ski resort immerses all visitors into the magical worlds of some of their favourite stories and allows them to meet their most beloved characters.”

“This is, indeed, a magical location for our first ski resort property, with vistas of the fjord below. We look forward with working closely with the local community on making this their own ‘Magic Kingdom’ as well.”

The ski resort will be built on crown land between Alice Lake Provincial Park and Garibaldi Provincial Park. Plans include 124 ski runs over 3,000 acres of terrain, six gondolas, 24 chairlifts, and four lodges on the mountains.

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