Winter is still months away, but Whistler-Blackcomb Resort — the largest destination resort in North America — has a mega-vision plan that would boost its year-round appeal.

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Winter is still months away, but Whistler-Blackcomb Resort — the largest destination resort in North America — has a mega-vision plan that would boost its year-round appeal.

The more than $345 million project dubbed the “Whistler Blackcomb Renaissance” is the largest undertaking by the resort, which hosted the 2010 Winter Olympics, and the three-stage project includes on- and off-mountain winter and summer improvements.

“We are still in the approval phase of the project, so there is no definitive time-line yet,” said Sarah Morden, Whistler-Blackcomb Resort public-relations coordinator.

In “Phase One” the resort plans to dish out an estimated $90-$100-million toward a 163,000-square-foot indoor water-based adventure center known as the “Watershed.”

Activities will include waterslides, a deep-water surf simulator, cliff jumping, rock climbing, wave pool, hot and cold pools, bowling, food and beverage facilities, and retail amenities.

The first phase will also add a new high-speed lift to replace the Magic Chair and connect Blackcomb’s upper and lower bases; a year-round mountain coaster; a tree-top ropes course; ATV and snowmobile activities for kids; new snow school learning zones, night skiing zone and enhanced snowmaking on Blackcomb Mountain; a suspension bridge and viewing platforms at the peak of Whistler Mountain; and expansion of the Whistler Mountain Bike Park into the Creekside zone, including more than 31 miles of new downhill mountain-biking trails.

“Phase Two” at a projected cost of $105-$115-million includes a new day lodge and snow-school facility within the Watershed indoor adventure center on Blackcomb Mountain; a two-story parking complex at Blackcomb’s upper Base II area; and other infrastructure projects leading up to the final phase.

The second phase includes development and sale of around 60 high-end, ski-in ski-out townhomes near the Watershed, boosting the resort’s residence an additional 160,000 square feet.

In the “Third Phase “the resort plans to invest $140-$150-million in Blackcomb’s Upper Village base area. It includes an upgraded day lodge and skiers’ plaza, a new snow-school facility, a luxury real estate development project, on-mountain lift improvements and an indoor action sports training facility to boost youth development programs in skiing, snowboarding and mountain biking.

The resort is predicting the construction period for the first two phases will take four to five years, and will move forward once it receives municipal and provincial government approvals, a renegotiation and extension of Whistler Blackcomb’s Master Development Agreements, and agreement with the Squamish and Lil’wat First Nations.

The hope is to have the “Watershed” project open within two years of the agreement. For more information, go to

This long-term vision also comes on the heels of resort’s announcement this past winter on another $8 million in projects that should be completed for the upcoming 2016-17 season.

Construction happening right now includes work on the Whistler Mountain learning areas in the Olympic Station that will make it more beginner-friendly for novice skiers and snowboarders.

The resort is installing two new covered magic carpet lifts at Olympic Station and 25 new energy efficient snow guns. Other work is re-grading the Upper Whiskey Jack Run above the Chic Pea Hut to make them less steep for beginners, and adding four new snow guns to the area.

The Roundhouse Lodge glacier-view deck is receiving a facelift of 6,000 additional square feet by creating a new upper and lower deck, and a new “umbrella bar” heated area.